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New Initiative Challenges Anti-Israel BDS on American Campuses

In response to the anti-Israel BDS movement on American university campuses, Chabad on Campus and Belev Echad have formed a partnership. Together they are bringing IDF veterans to visit campuses across the country and share their stories with faculty and students.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Drawing Lines of Private Space, Women Explore Jewish Intimacy

From April 18 to 26, Chabad representatives on Long Island will be celebrating the “Week of the Jewish Woman.” As society grapples with questions of appropriate behavior and gender equality, it may be a good time to return to the Rebbe’s vision, and to ask what it was exactly that he saw.

Sarah Ogince | News | Monday, April 23, 2018

The G-d I Believe In Can Upend Nature . . .

A Chabad rabbi shares his thoughts on Creationism. The Torah says that the world was created in six days, about 6,000 years ago. How can I relate to a Torah (and to religious leaders) that insist on interpreting Genesis literally? As someone who respects science, how can I invest in a religion teeming with Creationists?

Joshua A. Krisch | News | Thursday, April 19, 2018

Building Blocks of A Community In Gwinnett County, GA

Some years back, Chabad purchased a property in the Peachtree Corners neighborhood with the dream of one day building a full center to serve the local community. Now Rabbi Yossi Lerman, director of Chabad of Gwinnett has launched a novel, pre-building Legacy Bricks campaign.

News | Wednesday, April 18, 2018

When Politics and Religion Don't Mix: Chabad at Oberlin College

This October, fliers calling for an end to “Jewish privilege” appeared all over the Oberlin College campus. Promoting Jewish observance in that kind of environment might seem a daunting task, but Rabbi Shlomo and Devorah Elkan are not intimidated. Chabad representatives to the Ohio college town since 2010, they would get to know Oberlin’s long history of progressive politics on the job. The learning curve was steep.

Sarah Ogince | News | Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Book Review: Torah From The Warsaw Ghetto

In 1950 a buried manuscript from the Warsaw ghetto was uncovered. "We live in an age in which faith is approached critically, as if it were a scientific equation to be proved and demonstrated—as if logic were its measuring stick and argument could brace it and make it stronger." Learn about faith from those who were forced through it.

Dr. Henry Abramson | News | Thursday, April 12, 2018

Everything Is Illuminated

Baila Olidort | News | Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Food Distribution Helps Families in Need

For a family living on an already tight budget, the added expense of preparing for Passover can seem insurmountable. This struggle is what motivated Rabbi David Okunov of Brooklyn, New York to initiate a free Passover food distibution for the needy.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, March 29, 2018

More Questions For The Seder Table

Jewish people love to ask questions. As part of the Passover tradition, we ask four at the Seder table. But if you pay attention, there’s usually a question in every statement and every answer. In honor of Passover, we asked four Chabad representatives our own set of questions.

News | Thursday, March 29, 2018

Israel's President Rivlin Makes A Wish

Remarks by Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin on March 19, 2018 at a conference sponsored by TheMarker, an Israeli daily business newspaper published by Haaretz. "I’ve come here in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday with a rather unusual wish, namely, that we succeed to build up the “middle”; that we learn to love and value the attribute of the 'beinoni.' Remarks of this nature, I admit, would have been out of place at an economic conference some years back. But thanks to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Chabad’s conceptual ideas have made it into our modern day vernacular."

News | Tuesday, March 27, 2018

States Proclaim Education and Sharing Day

Governors in States all across the Union are proclaiming March 27th 2018, Education and Sharing Day “in recognition of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s outstanding and lasting contributions toward education, morality and acts of charity throughout the world.”

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Sacrilegious in Scandinavia

You could be forgiven for thinking that the bans on circumcision, kosher slaughter, and religious education are coming from the governments of Soviet Russia or Germany of the 1930s. But you would be mistaken. As Jews worldwide celebrate the festival of freedom this year, some of Europe’s most progressive, secular countries are challenging the fundamentals of Jewish faith and practice.

Sarah Ogince | News | Thursday, March 22, 2018

An Intergenerational Passover Experience

In this age of smart technology, the messaging and information children absorb often leave parents out of the loop. Chabad representatives around the world see the seder as a time to bridge the generational gap.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, March 21, 2018

How Matzah Created An Attitude Shift

The noise is amped up, the kids are animated. Rabbi Levi Landa is dressed up as Moses. Elaborate backdrops and props depict the story of the Exodus from Egypt. And then Landa notices a little boy at the back of the room. The child with autism is sitting at the far end, his hands tightly covering his ears. It all started with a matzah.

Dvora Lakein | News | Monday, March 19, 2018

Shabbat of Meaning for Texas Students

The BDS movement on campuses has intimidated Jewish students who are often afraid to openly identify. Working to combat that, Chabad representatives from across the Lone Star State inspired Jewish Pride last weekend, celebrating a spirited Shabbat with more than 150 students.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, March 15, 2018

Diaspora Jews Explore Israel, Uncover A Richer Jewish Identity

American Jews, recent studies report, are increasingly feeling that Israel is just not all that important to them. But eight days of sightseeing and soul searching in the Holy Land may have been a game-changer for many, if not all of the 800 participants at the the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute’s recent tour of Israel.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, March 15, 2018

Why Won't You Call My Daughter Up To The Torah?

The prevailing myth of bar and bat mitzvah as being the finale of their Jewish education marked by the memorization and chanting of a Torah portion is one of those ineffective practices I’d like to replace with something more meaningful. When did this begin and how did become the hallmark of bar/bat mitzvah?

Sarah Alevsky | News | Thursday, March 15, 2018

KOSHER DINING COMES TO KU CAMPUS

Jewish students and professors make up about eight percent of the general population at the University of Kansas. Following the fall college break, they were welcomed back with the opening of its first ever entirely kosher kitchen at Oliver Hall.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

New Jewish Cemetery Inaugurated in Moscow

A new Jewish cemetery has recently been inaugurated in Moscow’s Vastrikovsky neighborhood. The nearby old Jewish cemetery is nearly full, and remaining plots are costly.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Can An Underfunded School Actually Transform a Community?

Small Jewish day schools—those with less than 100 students—occupy a fragile place in our society. Located outside of centralized Jewish communities, these schools must fight for recognition, not only from foundations, but also Jewish Federations, potential donors, and prospective parents. With no endowment funds, they still accept every Jewish student regardless of financial ability. Working on shoestring budgets, they must compensate with creativity to develop cutting-edge curriculum on par with local private schools. Welcome to the new frontier of Jewish education.

Chava Lieba Witkes | News | Sunday, March 4, 2018

Students at Yale, Vanderbilt and UF Dedicate Purim to Parkland Victims

With news of the Parkland school shooting so fresh in their minds Carly Weiss, 21, and Rebecca Papilsky, 22, both students at University of Florida felt the need to do something to support the victims and their families.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, March 1, 2018

Teenagers and a Giving Purim Spirit

Maybe it’s because the news has been so heartbreaking lately, but Jewish teens at CTeen chapters around the USA are looking to make their Purim as meaningful as it is fun.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Students to Bring Purim Joy to Israel's Northern Border

In Israel, dressing as a soldier is a popular choice of Purim costume. But living as a soldier on an isolated base during this holiday is not as popular. Purim, the most joyful day on the Jewish calendar, usually coincides with early March. The holiday this year takes place on the eve of February 28 and lasts through Thursday, March 1st on the Gregorian calendar. While the Israeli army makes every effort to help its members observe Purim, IDF soldiers in the border patrol units can have a lonely time of it.

Frayda Kaplan | News | Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Kosher in Corsica

In 2017, Chabad’s representative to Corsica, Levi Pinson, approached Jean Michel about opening a kosher kitchen to serve the growing number of Jewish tourists, holiday home owners and destination weddings on the French island. With Chabad on the island, Corsica has become an alluring vacation destination for the kosher consumer. Jean-Michel thought Pinson’s proposal for a kosher catering service a wise investment and opened a second kitchen, certified kosher by Rabbi Pinson.

Frayda Kaplan | News | Thursday, February 22, 2018

Florida Governor Meets With Parkland Chabad Community Leaders

“We cannot just wait to respond to the next crisis. We need to deal with the fundamental moral void and emotional darkness that currently exists and is causing so much violence and suffering.”

Shaindle Fogelman | News | Monday, February 19, 2018