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Chabad School in Azerbaijan Ranked Among Top Twenty In The Country

Last week, Chabad’s Or Avner school in Baku was ranked by the State Examination Center (SEC) among the top twenty schools in Azerbaijan. The annual assessment is based on pedagogical and educational criteria established by the SEC and pronounced the Jewish school (K-12) one of the best for quality of education among all the schools in the Muslim-majority country.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

First Jewish Youth Center Opened in Russia’s Far East

250 members of the Jewish community of Birobidzhan, Russia, celebrated the opening this month of Chabad’s 25 million ruble ($400,000), 6,500 square feet Jewish youth center.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, July 15, 2019

Anniversary of Rebbe's Liberation from Soviet Prison

Today, on the Jewish calendar, marks the 91st anniversary of the miraculous liberation of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, from Soviet prison.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, July 15, 2019

A Lone and Destitute Jewish Woman Gets A Jewish Burial

A convivial funeral home owner, a retired insurance investigator and a Massachusetts rabbi teamed up to bring an abandoned body to Jewish burial this morning. A bevy of volunteers joined the two-week long search that brought this seven-month ordeal to a close.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, July 11, 2019

When Friendship Isn't Only For Kids: The Circle Expands to 21 Plus

Friendship Circle for adults, which piloted this past year, will provide monthly opportunities for social and educational engagement for adults between twenty and thirty-five. The bi-weekly programs will include trips, holiday functions, and creative activities. Aside from a more mature bent, participants will have a say in choosing and planning their slate of programming. Like its parent organization, each participant will be paired with an adult volunteer with on-site therapists facilitating.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, July 11, 2019

Heirs to the Rebbe's Legacy

To anyone familiar with the Rebbe’s teachings, the principles of positive psychology that are so popular today echo the Torah-based ideals that the Rebbe advanced: training our eyes, our thoughts, our speech, and our actions toward the positive. In his countless interactions—often with people who were philosophically or ideologically in disagreement with the Rebbe—we observed this principle at work.

Baila Olidort | News | Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Jewish and Canadian Law Contrasted at Westmount Symposium

A lawyer and a rabbi come together in the opening line of many a joke, but at Chabad of Westmount they come together twice annually for some serious discussion.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, July 8, 2019

STATEMENT BY CHABAD-LUBAVITCH WORLD HEADQUARTERS

Every day that Jews are barred from entering the synagogue by armed guards is an unforgivable violation of the Jewish people!

News | Friday, July 5, 2019

10 Perspectives of the Lubavitcher Rebbe for Society in 2019

10 perspectives for present-day living, in the words of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, garnered from the extensive collection of his talks, writings and in-person conversations.

News | Friday, July 5, 2019

In the Numbers: Chabad's Growth in the Past 25 Years

"Will Chabad survive?" asked a headline in a leading Jewish journal in the days following the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1994. At the time there were 1,325 Chabad institutions worldwide.

News | Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, A Master of the Spirit

What was it about the Rebbe, I am often asked, that set him apart as the Jewish leader par excellence of our generation?

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky | News | Thursday, July 4, 2019

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Lubavitcher Rebbe's Passing to be Marked Worldwide

July 6 (Tammuz 3) will mark twenty-five years since the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s passing in 1994. To commemorate, Chabad centers worldwide celebrated the Rebbe’s life and lasting legacy with community Shabbat dinners, events, lectures, and farbrengens. Here’s a round-up of some of the larger events:

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Russia: Humanitarian Aid During Flooding Disaster in Irkutsk

Torrential rains hit the Russian region of Irkutsk this week, causing the area to declare an immediate state of emergency. In response, volunteers in nearby Jewish communities mobilized to help the victims using local resources to assist those displaced. Irkutsk’s Chief Rabbi Aharon Wagner led the initiative, arranging food and drink shipments to the disaster areas.

News | Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Prison Reform Summit Brings Together 350 Leaders In Criminal Justice System

Three hundred and fifty people gathered together this week at Columbia Law School for Rewriting the Sentence, a two-day, high-level summit on alternatives to incarceration.

News | Tuesday, July 2, 2019

In Conversation with Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, one of the most passionate Jewish voices of our time, enjoyed an enduring correspondence and personal relationship with the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Mr. Wiesel, a professor at Boston University, spoke with Baila Olidort in May of 2013.

Baila Olidort | News | Monday, July 1, 2019

Serving Up Kosher at Wimbledon Tennis

Wimbledon Tennis starts this Monday and for the eleventh year, a kosher food stand will serve the needs of Jewish patrons.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, June 27, 2019

Poway Rabbi Addresses UN Session on Anti-Semitism

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway addressed the UN General Assembly this morning during a special session on combating anti-Semitism. “Anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, this is a problem for the world,” said the rabbi, his left hand still bandaged where his index finger was blown off in an anti-Semitic attack on his synagogue eight weeks ago. He discussed recognizing the value of every human life, using social media as a platform for love and flooding the world with practical good deeds.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Illness Doesn't Disrupt Israeli Children's Summer Fun

It’s Firefighting Day at the Lev Chabad day camp at Meir Hospital, and four-year-old Shira Maatuf is impatient for activities to begin. She has been in the hospital for a few days with a lung infection and while it interrupted her carefree summer vacation, for Shira, the Lev Chabad activities at Meir Hospital are more than an acceptable substitute. The organization’s day camps offer a fun and meaningful alternative to what would otherwise be long, tedious and lonely days spent in a hospital ward.

Frayda Kaplan | News | Friday, June 21, 2019

It's Forty Years for Chabad of the Conejo

Over 1,300 people gathered at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza to celebrate forty years of Chabad in the Conejo, California. Headed by Rabbi Moshe and Matty Bryski with Rabbi Yisroel and Leah Levine and two other emissary couples and several assistants, Chabad of Conejo serves thousands of Jews. They often mark milestones with galas, but this one surpassed the norm.

Aidel Cohen | News | Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer Is Conference Season for Chabad Emissaries

Summer is conference season for Chabad emissaries. Whether they serve college students, teenagers, the elderly, the ill, or the professionals, a tailor-made conference provides them with tools to hone their skills, network with colleagues, and swap ideas.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tennis Capital Gets New Center and Scores "Advantage Chabad"

It's a little over thirty years in the making, but Chabad of Wimbledon now has its very own center! Original concern: regulations in England specify that only properties designated with D1 certification are allowed to be used for non-residential use. After a year of exhaustive searching, the only D1 property they could find was rundown and significantly beyond their budget.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Limmud FSU Conference Addresses Anti-Semitism

Leading the commemoration for victims of recent anti-Semitic attacks at Limmud FSU’s second annual conference for Jewish Russian-speakers was Rabbi Avi Bukiet, director of the Center for Jewish Life in Arlington-Belmont. Several hundred Jewish young adults attended the event this Sunday, as part of Limmud FSU’s (Former Soviet Union) mission to strengthen Jewish identity for Russian-speakers.

Shaindle Fogelman | News | Monday, June 17, 2019

Hamas Rocket Falls Outside the Chabad Center in Sderot

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday night fell less than fifteen meters (fifty feet) from the Chabad center in Sderot and hit a neighboring yeshivah building. No students were in the building at the time as they had already left to spend Shabbat with their families.

Frayda Kaplan | News | Friday, June 14, 2019

A Compact Study Routine

On a recent flight somewhere over the Rocky Mountains, Doug Revere pulled out his trusty Chayenu, a weekly compilation of Torah lessons and thoughts. When he noticed his acquaintance’s interest, he passed the publication over the armrest. Then he pulled out a second copy for himself.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, June 13, 2019

Two New Jersey Teens Honored for Meal Program Initiative

It’s not very common for teenagers to be the honorees at a gala event, but that’s exactly what happened on May 22 at Chabad of Southeast Morris County in New Jersey. Oliver Simon and Sophia Smith, a high school junior and senior respectively, were awarded the first Teen Visionary Award at the annual Chabad Cares Gala, alongside three adult leaders.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Tuesday, June 11, 2019