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Nature Rules, but Miracles Happen

Do you believe in miracles? To ask a Jew this question is like asking a raindrop whether it believes in clouds.

Baruch S. Davidson | News | Thursday, April 18, 2019

Getting High on Jewish Pride

Did someone say Jewish teens are feeling intimidated? Not the two-thousand-five hundred who converged on Manhattan’s Times Square for a spectacular havdalah and Jewish concert in February. They came from 450 cities around the world and Times Square was rocking with Jewish pride.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, April 18, 2019

Five Communal Leaders Share Their Dream Seder Guest

Some of us would have loved to be a fly on the wall at the Seder described in the Haggadah: It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarphon were reclining [at a Seder] in Bnei Brak. They were discussing the exodus from Egypt all that night . . . We asked Chabad representatives to tell us which biblical, Talmudic or medieval personality they’d like to have at their Seder table.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, April 18, 2019

Rabbi Aharon Serebryanski, 86

The Chabad-Lubavitch community world-wide mourns the passing of Rabbi Aaron Serebryanski, director of Australia's Chabad educational arm. Serebryanski, born in Ukraine, escaped the horrors of WWII by leaving to Asia and France with his parents and siblings. The family was sent to Melbourne in 1948 by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A First for Jamaica: Governor-General Declares Education and Sharing Day

Jamaica, a tiny 4,000 sq. mi. island in the Caribbean, declared April 16, 2019 as Education and Sharing Day. “This is incredibly historic,” says Rabbi Yaakov Raskin, Chabad rabbi and emissary to the island, of this first.

Shaindle Fogelman | News | Monday, April 15, 2019

Minding the Mission: Jewish Education

The old hatreds that we imagined had ended with the Holocaust have now resurfaced. The anti-Semitic rhetoric and the anti-Semitic violence are back, both in the U.S and abroad.

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky | News | Monday, April 15, 2019

Dreading the Seder: When Dad is in Prison

They are hidden victims. Humiliated and financially devastated, the children, spouses, and sometimes parents, of Jewish inmates are left to struggle silently for their survival when the unthinkable has happened to them.

Rena Udkoff | News | Thursday, April 11, 2019

National Recognition for LA Preschool

A Chabad preschool in the heart of urban Los Angeles, California has recently received certification and commendation from the organization Nature Explore for “fostering highly effective, nature-based outdoor learning.”

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, April 11, 2019

Chabad on Call Distributes Seder Kits To Hospitalized And Homebound

There are more Jews attending Passover Seders than Yom Kippur services, according to a Pew Research study, but those spending the Holiday of Freedom in hospitals are usually unable to participate. Not anymore! With the new Seder-to-Go kit produced by Chabad on Call, chaplains and rabbis within the medical community now have a great resource for individual or hospital-friendly celebrations.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Two New Centers Open in Japan in Time for Passover

Two new Chabad centers opened in Japan, just in time for Passover this year, bringing the total in the country up to four. Rabbi Shalom Duber and Rachel Vaisfiche moved to Takayama from Israel, and Rabbi Dovid and Chaya Mushka Posner with their toddler, Mendel, moved to Kyoto from the U.S. Both centers, like many others in Asia, will be dedicated to serving Japan’s Jewish travelers, mostly young Israeli backpackers.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, April 4, 2019

Chabad of Sarasota Florida Presents Geriatric Compassionate Care Symposium

This prompted the rabbi to arrange the Dr. Schwartzbaum Geriatric Compassionate Care Symposium, taking place this Sunday. A half-day event, the program features four prominent speakers with the goal of helping the community make better decisions and spreading awareness about geriatric care and end-of-life. Steinmetz expects 250 people, 75 percent of whom aren’t members or friends of Chabad, including staff of local senior centers.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, April 4, 2019

Chabad for the Deaf Celebrates One Year

Based in the central Israeli city of Rishon Lezion and directed by California-born Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff and his Israeli wife Cheftziba, this unique Chabad center serves a large, but niche, community.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, April 3, 2019

After Hate Crime, People of Flagstaff Show their Hearts

On Monday, March 25, Rabbi Dovie Shapiro, director of Chabad of Flagstaff with his wife Chaya, was horrified to discover vandalism at the construction site of the Molly Blank Jewish Community Center. Swastikas had been painted and carved into walls, black paint and plaster dumped on the grounds, and thousands of dollars worth of valuable equipment, tools, and supplies were irreparably damaged.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Historic Village in Mexico Welcomes Chabad Presence

There are no traffic lights in the historic village of S. Miguel de Allende, Mexico, but now there is Chabad. Rabbi Daniel and Raizel Huebner, and their three children, moved to the city just before last Chanukah and have begun producing programs for the Jewish community.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, March 28, 2019

Chabad Opens in Chicago Suburb

Illinois just got a new Chabad center! The Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights now has its own Chabad presence. Since moving to the area at the beginning of this year, Rabbi Yaakov and Chaikie (née Weingarten) Kotlarsky and their daughter, Rochel, have hosted Chanukah events and even a recent Purim party—advertised as “magical”—as part of their inaugural events.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, March 25, 2019

A Jewish Response to The Hamans and The Haters

I write these words days before Purim, and in light of current events, the story takes on new resonance. Our history is filled with attempts to reduce anti-Semitism by changing our approach to the world outside: be erased by keeping a low profile, or by excelling and contributing double: by integrating and assimilating with the greater society (even to the point of intermarriage) or by keeping to ourselves. Each strategy has sometimes seemed effective in the short-term. But none has consistently worked.

Chana Silberstein | News | Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Holocaust Survivor Meets With Students Pictured In Swastika Photo

The rabbi invited Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, the stepsister of the famous diarist Anne Frank, to share her story of survival and her message of tolerance with the pictured students and their families in a private meeting. Schloss was around their age when she was liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Rashi's Campus Rises

The event brought a measure of consolation and optimism to the 800 people who came to celebrate the grand opening of Rashi’s Campus, the magnificent new Chabad center named in Rashi Minkowicz's memory. Five years after her tragic passing, Rashi’s vitality is missed. But her energy continues to inspire.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Young Professionals Encounter Crown Heights

Two hundred and fifty Jewish young professionals arrived in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY last week for a weekend dubbed "Encounter: Crown Heights."

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, March 11, 2019

A Mezuzah for the Minister

He wouldn’t be the Chabad rabbi if he didn’t remember to offer the Jewish minister a mezuzah for her door.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Kids Torah Competition Crowns Championship Winners

Zachary Shapiro, 10, looked out from the stage to his family in the crowd. His hand hovered over the buzzer. The questions came fast, and he was ready: What are the names of the Hebrew months of the year in sequence? What blessing do you recite over freshly squeezed orange juice? What are Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles of Faith?

Staff Writer | News | Monday, March 4, 2019

New Pop-Up Restaurant in California Staffed by Adults with Special Needs

The kosher restaurant, which is open for dinner once a month at Chabad of Poway, is an opportunity for individuals with special needs to learn life skills. Through being responsible for its management, the hosts are taught skills for greeting, serving, cooking,and clearing.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, February 21, 2019

Princeton Chabad Breaks Bread — And Barriers

For the first time in the Princeton Club’s history, a kosher caterer took full charge of the facility, serving a kosher sit-down dinner for 130 guests. Although previously one could order individual kosher meals, and the Webbs had organized kosher buffets there for a few years, the December gala broke precedent.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Emerging From the Shadows, Zagreb's Jews Celebrate a New Mikvah

“It’s been a festival here all month leading up to the opening,” Raizy Zaklas, Chabad’s representative to Zagreb, Croatia told me Wednesday morning. She and her husband, Rabbi Pini Zaklas, were preparing for the formal inauguration of Zagreb’s new mikvah, the first in seventy years. Aromas were wafting out of Chabad’s kitchen, where a chef was preparing food for a crowd. Raizy was wrapping up a private Torah class with a local woman, and the rabbi was greeting guests who had come from abroad for the occasion.

Baila Olidort | News | Monday, February 18, 2019

Center City, Philly: New Mikvah in Old Synagogue

Center City, Philadelphia is home to some of the oldest synagogues in the United States, like the first Ashkenazic congregation established in the Western Hemisphere in 1795. One of these historic synagogues, the 100-year-old Vilna shul, known for its warm, inclusive services, is renovating its vintage sanctuary and moving weekly prayer services to the third floor to allow a new women’s mikvah to be built in its place.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, February 18, 2019