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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

We Fought For Their Freedom, But Where Are Russian-American Jews Today?

In the 1970s and ‘80s, many segments of American Jewry led protests and rallies under the banner, “Let My People Go,” agitating to bring Russian Jews out of the former Soviet Union. Where do these Russian transplants and their children and grandchildren figure today in the American Jewish community?

Rena Udkoff | News | Friday, February 15, 2019

Parkland and Coral Springs Teens Mark One Year from Tragic Shooting

As the first anniversary of last year’s tragic Parkland, Florida shooting arrives, memorial services and events are being held across Parkland and the Coral Springs area. “The mood has again become increasingly somber,” says Rabbi Mendy Gutnick of Chabad of Parkland.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, February 14, 2019

Atlanta Coworking Space By Day, Addiction Recovery At Night

Awareness about mental illness and addiction has grown in the Jewish community, but there is yet stigma associated with these issues. Jeff’s Place, a cafe and coworking space that hosts support groups and twelve-step meetings after hours, newly opened by Chabad Intown in Atlanta, hopes to change that.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New Book Celebrates Women

Tapping into the current public focus on women’s empowerment, Boca Beach Chabad in Florida launched a new platform where women’s life journeys, stories, and lessons are celebrated, shared, and given over to the next generation. The Women of Valor project includes a website for publishing these stories, events to highlight individual women’s achievements, and, the crown jewel, a Women of Valor Tribute coffee-table book for the preservation of these stories.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Shabbat of Inclusion to be Celebrated on Six Continents

This weekend hundreds of communities around the world will celebrate a global Shabbat of disability-inclusion and mental-health awareness. Dubbed ‘ShabbaTTogether,’ it is set for the second weekend of February, the designated Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, or JDAIM for short.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, February 7, 2019

A Magnet for Millenials: Chabad Builds on Atlanta's Beltline

“The growth of Intown Atlanta points to the need for a reimagined urban Jewish community center,” says Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman, who, together with his wife, Dena, founded Chabad Intown in 1997 and built it into a thriving Jewish center.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Thursday, February 7, 2019

Families of Parkland Victims Mark Anniversary in Quiet Service

Memorial services were held this week at the Star of David Cemetery in North Lauderdale, Florida and at Chabad of Parkland for some of the Jewish victims of the Parkland school shooting.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, February 6, 2019

For Pittsburgh, New Jersey Kids Design Mezuzah Cases

In the days after the tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, an email from a Chabad rabbi in Pennsylvania helped a New Jersey teacher channel her students’ concerns.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Somebody Has It, Somebody Needs It

The goods and clothing donation exchange is marking thirteen years of humanitarian aid in the tri-state area. They match donors to recipients for almost any household item imaginable. Directed by Rabbi Mordechai Hecht, Chabad emissary and rabbi at Anshe Sholom Chabad JCC, the organization aims to provide the material needs of the Jewish community.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, January 31, 2019

1,000 Expected at 10th Annual Russian Shabbaton

Three generations of Russian-speaking Jews will travel from twelve states to celebrate Jewish pride and identity at this year’s Connecticut-based Shabbaton. Rabbi Kasriel Kastel, program director at Lubavitch Youth Organization, is optimistic about the impact that the Shabbaton continues to have: “The knowledge that they are a part of a large community that cherishes their Jewish and Russian heritage is empowering to them.”

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

From 100 Countries: Chabad’s Female Emissaries Celebrate Success and Empowerment

Thousands of women—Chabad emissaries and their guests—gathered at the U.S. Armory in Brooklyn last night for a gala banquet, the finale of the five-day International Conference of Shluchos.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, January 28, 2019

Live Broadcast: Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries

Staff | News | Sunday, January 27, 2019

3,000 Chabad Women Leaders Convene For International Conference

The thirtieth annual International Conference of Shluchos, known as “The Kinus,” begins today in Brooklyn, New York. Over 3,000 women—directors and lay leaders of Chabad centers in 100 countries—are expected to attend.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thousands of Children "Grow" Goodness for Tu BiSh'vat

“We are each responsible for the atmosphere around us,” said Mrs. Altie Wolvovsky to the group of twenty 5- to 11-year-olds gathered around her. A lively discussion about the environment and their impact on it ensued.

Ashira Weiss | News | Sunday, January 20, 2019

Belgian Rabbis Resolute Despite Kosher Slaughter Ban

For many of Belgium’s 30,000 Jews, 2019 brings with it some uncomfortable restrictions. A law proposed in June 2017, now implemented after a unanimous vote, has outlawed ritual Kosher slaughter in their country.

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, January 18, 2019

Art and Design Meet in Chabad of Korea’s New Mikvah

Designed by the emissaries, the mikvah is uniquely Korean. Its roof is reminiscent of the curved, tiled designs that feature prominently in royal Korean architecture, and the waved aluminium panels on the left side of the building are a nod to the modern, high-tech vibe currently sweeping the country. The mikvah pool features intricate mosaic tiles placed along the walls that were artfully formed in the shape of a single droplet of water, encouraging one to contemplate the sanctity and rebirth associated with the waters of the mikvah.

Frayda Kaplan | News | Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Testament to the Rebbe's Exhaustive and Far-Reaching Scholarship

For most readers, the fascinating meanderings and careful reconciliations of apparently contradictory details will obscure the big insight that brackets the Rebbe’s writing: the “theory of everything”—the profound unity that pervades all of Torah thought. Block carefully prunes the Rebbe’s winding tendrils of thought to help the reader see the recurring themes in the Rebbe’s writings.

Dr. Chana Silberstein | News | Tuesday, January 15, 2019

An Undying Commitment: A Premature Passing, A Community's Resolve

A convoy of one hundred cars rolls solemnly through Akron’s Jewish community. People of every affiliation are coming to pay their last respects to the man “who built this community.” Over the course of thirty years, Rabbi Mendy Sasonkin managed to bridge the centuries-old gaps dividing Akron’s diverse Jewish population, promoting the culture of warmth and unity that has come to define the city’s Jewish community. How will the center hold without him?

Jonathan Zalman with Baila Olidort | News | Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Vanderbilt: An American Campus Where Jewish Students Feel Safe and Welcome

When the Chabad rabbi walks the streets of Nashville, he’ll often be greeted by strangers. “Bless you, rabbi!” or “Bless Israel, we pray for you,” they’ll say. The friendly reception towards Shlomo Rothstein, Chabad emissary at Vanderbilt University, and his wife Nechama, also prevails on campus, where the college community values the presence of Chabad. In this regard, Vanderbilt stands in sharp contrast to many other universities where anti-Israel demonstrations, anti-Semitic vandalism, and a general disdain for religious beliefs and practice make life difficult for Jewish students.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Monday, January 14, 2019

Building Communities: An Answer to The Loneliness Epidemic

How does a young couple begin to build a community? That question has been on my mind since my daughter and son-in-law became Chabad emissaries to an expansive rural town on the East Coast. For all its landmass, the town has a small population and is home to fewer than a thousand Jews. I couldn’t imagine how my daughter and her husband would go about creating a community there. Perhaps they should reconsider, I said, and look for a place where there is a greater need.

Baila Olidort | News | Friday, January 11, 2019

New In Adult Education: Crime And Consequence

Crime, punishment and justice from a distinctly Jewish perspective will be the topic of a new course launched by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI). With criminal justice reform now center-stage in the United States, the course, a six-part series that will be offered beginning in February, at more than 400 locations worldwide, is well timed.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, January 10, 2019

In the Suburbs of Sao Paulo: A Jewish Community Opens a Synagogue

This ritzy S. Paulo suburb is home to one thousand Jewish families. Since 2005, Rabbi Eliyahu and Rivky Rosenfeld have been holding services, running a Hebrew school, and teaching classes in a small rented home here. The people were interested; the leaders passionate. But their success quickly became their greatest obstacle: there simply wasn’t enough room.

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Blog: But First Come For Shabbat

Learning about the People of the Book from the lived life: I can’t remember my first day of Hebrew school. My bar mitzvah portion is a blur. But I’ll never forget the day a rabbi told me to stop reading so many Jewish books.

Scott Hirsch | News | Tuesday, January 8, 2019