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20 Years in Oklahoma City and the Frontier is Friendly

When Rabbi Ovadia and Nechoma Goldman came to town in 1998, they were told Oklahoma City was reform country. “Nice thought, but you won’t last long here,” was the polite yet clear message. The couple, then in their twenties, was not deterred. Today, two decades later, the community is united around their presence.

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Texting Teens Compete in Jewish Knowledge

For better or for worse, teenagers spend much of their time on their phones—nine hours a day on average—making it an effective way to reach them. At seven o’clock, every Monday and Thursday evening, the cell phones of over 3,000 Jewish teens around the United States and Canada buzz as they receive a text message with a Jewish question and a multiple-choice answer. JText, as the program is called, engages teens using the medium most comfortable to them, offering an opportunity to learn more about Judaism with a tap on their phones.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, May 20, 2019

Police Investigating Third Suspicious Fire Set At A Massachusetts Chabad Center

Massachusetts law enforcement is investigating three arson incidents that occurred at two Chabad centers.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Friday, May 17, 2019

Chabad of Galloway Bridges the Generations

In October of 2016, Rabbi Meir and Shaina (Matusof) Rapoport arrived to Galloway township to serve Jewish students at Stockton University. They purchased a property on the main street in town, a central location for students. “Chabad House–Jewish Student Center” read they hung a sign on their new door on Jimmie Leeds Road.

Shterna Karp | News | Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hundreds Expected to Shabbat in the Heights

This weekend, hundreds of adults and children from seventy five cities around the world will spend Shabbat in Crown Heights exploring the Chabad heartland.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Your Place Is Here: An Emissary Reflects With Candor

On the day of the mikvah inauguration, Reizy Zaklas took a break from all the hoopla to reflect as we sat in her kitchen. I began by asking her if she would be willing to share some of her personal experiences leading up to this happy moment. She did, at first with the caveat that she did not want these stories published. But after some persuading, she agreed. The following is an excerpt of our conversation.

Baila Olidort | News | Monday, May 13, 2019

Nurturing Leaders and Influencers at Chabad of Princeton University

“Chabad at Princeton was the first place I saw a Jewish community that was truly and equally open to Jews of all kinds—Jews whose theory and praxis were all over the place,” says Hoffman. “The Webbs provided me with a model for a radically inclusive definition of Jewish community irrespective of individual practice.”

Tzipora Reitman | News | Monday, May 13, 2019

The Lamplighters of Zagreb

"For the first time in Croatia, we have the experience of a Jewish community that is practicing all the traditions. And this has changed everything. Chabad is the rebuilding of Jewish life here.”

Baila Olidort | News | Thursday, May 9, 2019

Bat Mitzvah Club Ladies' Edition

Twelve young women and their families gathered around the Shabbat dinner table last month at Chabad of Whitefield in Manchester, England, to celebrate the completion of their bat mitzvah experience

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wanted in Prison: Volunteers To Visit Inmates

Prison inmates are allotted a limited amount of visiting hours from family and friends. But for too many, visitors are rare. For some prisoners, years can pass before they receive a personal visit—whether it’s because they’re too far from family and friends for regular visitation or because their relationships have frayed. Contact with the world beyond the prison bars is often critical in the reintegration of prisoners into society once they've been released.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Wednesday, May 8, 2019

When is a Hill Not Just a Hill?

The natural playground is a living outdoor classroom where the children’s natural curiosity leads them to study caterpillars and collect millipedes. The playground uses materials like plants, boulders, logs, and earth mounds to provide a creative, interactive play experience. The environment facilitates the type of play that kept earlier generations occupied--a type of play that is becoming increasingly rare today.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Giving Back: New Jersey Teens Partner With Local Crisis Helpline

Last year, the New Jersey teens packed care packages that were personally delivered to needy children in Mozambique by Posner. But there are needy people just around the block too, and Posner believed it would mean a lot for the teens to see the direct effect of their giving. So this year, they partnered with Hunterdon Helpline, a local twenty-four-hour support service that responds to the at-risk population.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, May 2, 2019

#ShareShabbat: When a Hashtag is an Invitation to Services and Solidarity

This Shabbat, several thousand synagogues around the globe will throw open their doors to hundreds of thousands of Jews who will show, through presence and solidarity, “am yisrael chai.”

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, May 2, 2019

Why is Chabad Hosting an Anti-Israel Activist?

It was terribly upsetting for me to learn about a Jewish pro-Palestinian activist who was feeling right at home at Chabad. American campuses are so hostile to Israel today. As Jews, I believe we must speak in support of Israel, and that we must speak out against the organizations that threaten its survival.

Mendel Matusof | News | Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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 | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEMENT BY CHABAD-LUBAVITCH HEADQUARTERS ON THE POWAY SHOOTING

“Stop the dangerous downward spiral of anti-Semitism”

News | Saturday, April 27, 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