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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

Union College Chabad Celebrates First Shavuot with a Torah of its Own

When Sara Covelli walked across the stage at Union College last spring and accepted a rolled parchment proclaiming that she had earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Climate Change, her parents, Robin Laveman and Irwin Krasnow, sat in the audience, poised to give a graduation gift of a different rolled parchment of great significance.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Thursday, June 6, 2019

Massachusetts Rally Combats Anti-Semitism

Hundreds bearing supportive signs and Israeli flags gathered at City Hall in Peabody, MA on Wednesday for a peace rally. The event was the community’s response to an anti-Semitic incident that occurred on Memorial Day weekend.

Aidel Cohen | News | Thursday, June 6, 2019

South London's First Kosher Shop Honors Memory of Rabbi's Slain Brother

London's new kosher shop had previously operated informally out of the home of Rabbi Nissan and Sarah Dubov, who founded Chabad of Wimbledon in 1988. An expanded version of the shop, now called Kosher Corner, opened last month at the new Chabad center, and is run by the Dubovs’ son-in-law and daughter, Rabbi Yossi and Leah Zlata Moscowitz.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Leadership Training Trip to Begin for Young, Jewish Professionals

This upcoming June 16-23, Chabad's Young Professionals program is organizing a leadership trip to Russia for a select group of "ambassadors." Eligibility is restricted to 25-35 year-olds who are active members of the local CYP chapter and who are employed on a career track. The program seeks participants who demonstrate a passion for creating a sustainable Jewish community and who have previously held leadership and volunteering roles. ​

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Aleph Institute to Host National Summit for Alternative Sentencing

This June 17-18, Aleph Institute will partner with Columbia Law School to host Rewriting the Sentence, a summit on alternatives to incarceration. The high-level summit at Columbia University in New York City will highlight the range of alternative sentencing policies and the variety of incarceration alternatives presently available in the U.S. and abroad. Participants will identify cultural and political shifts in sentencing practices and evaluate the efficacy of incarceration alternatives.

Rena Udkoff | News | Monday, June 3, 2019

New Mikvah Opened In Gaithersburg, Maryland

At an event before Mother’s Day called “Mindfulness and Mikvah”, ninety women met to celebrate the opening of the Be’er Rachel Mikvah with a mix of yoga, meditation, song and dance. “The crowd was mix of those who had background knowledge of the mikvah and others who were really just curious,” says Barbara Friedlander, one of the four event organizers.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Sunday, June 2, 2019

Poway Ceremonies Mark One Month

Last month, darkness made its way into the foyer at Chabad of Poway, California. On Wednesday, it was a scene of joyous celebration.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, May 30, 2019

Itzhak Perlman, Ehud Barak Celebrate Opening of Campus/Community Chabad Center

Jewish college students in Jacksonville, Florida, and the city’s Southside Jewish community celebrated the opening of their new $3.8 million Morris and Lillian Tabacinic Chabad campus and Finker-Frenkel Chabad center earlier this winter, in style. Rabbi Shmuli and Chana Novack, of Chabad Southside, have been family to the area’s 500 Jewish college students and Southside community, and this new space provides a welcoming and more permanent home for them.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, May 27, 2019

A (Permanent) Place to Call Home

Though it doesn’t have a synagogue or other Jewish infrastructure, Darwin, Australia now boasts one important Jewish edifice: a cemetery.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, May 23, 2019

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