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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


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

February Is Jewish Inclusion Month

Inclusion seems to be the buzzword of the year. But what does it mean? This February the Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative has partnered with Friendship Circle International to get this word into the limelight.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, February 19, 2018

A "Jewish Embassy" In South Korea

Since 2008, Rabbi Osher and Mussy Litzman, South Korea’s first permanent rabbi, have been the address for all things Jewish to the 500-1000 Jews living in Seoul at any given time. To Jewish diplomats, English teachers, businessmen, students and US army families living in South Korea’s capital, the Chabad House is a “Jewish Embassy.”

Frayda Kaplan | News | Monday, February 19, 2018

Young Jewish Professionals Down Unda' Create A Community

Chabad Young Professionals of Melbourne celebrated their two-year milestone this week with a gala at the River Room in the chic Crown Towers downtown. Members of CYP were joined by friends, supporters, local rabbis and community leaders as they marked another successful year of a fledgling organization with their first annual gala.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, February 15, 2018

A New Chabad To Open In The Granite State

Rabbi Berel and Rochy Slavaticki and newborn son Mendel are moving to the town of Durham, home to the University of New Hampshire. UNH, a liberal arts college and public research university, comprises of 15,000 students. 600 of them are Jewish.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chabad To Open in Iceland

But there’s been a growing interest among a diverse group of local Jews, particularly young families, to cultivate a Jewish community in Reykjavik. And a recent tourism boom has been bringing millions of visitors (outnumbering the country’s population of seven to one) to experience its northern lights, its volcanoes and lava fields. It seems a good time, say Avi and Mushky Feldman, to be setting down roots in the land of fire and ice.

Baila Olidort | News | Sunday, February 11, 2018

Live Broadcast: Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries

Staff | News | Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hot Meals in Cold Snow

Rather than slowing down during this latest snowfall, in which Moscow saw over half of their monthly snowfall come down in one day, Shaarei Tzedek Chessed Center has kicked their activities into high gear. The regular distribution of food packages to the homebound and elderly, have been supplemented with blankets, portable heaters and window sealing kits.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Gearing Up For SuperBowl Sunday With A Kosher Tailgate Party

“Patriots and Eagles fans may find themselves in Vikings territory, but Chabad’s kosher tailgate party will be their Jewish home away from home,”

Frayda Kaplan | News | Friday, February 2, 2018

When the Taps Run Dry

Cape Town, South Africa’s second largest city, is facing a drought so severe that city officials are planning to turn off all water on April 12. Sarah Wineberg doesn’t remember the last time her kids had a normal bath. They’ve been bathing in a bucket, one after the next, using the same water.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, February 1, 2018

Wounded IDF Soldiers Feted In New York

B’Lev Echad (translated as “with one heart”) was founded by Rabbi Uriel and Shevy Vigler of Chabad Israel Center of the Upper East Side in 2009. Many members of the Chabad Israel Center community served in the IDF, inspiring the rabbi and rebbetzin to honor the wounded veterans for their sacrifice and service.

Frayda Kaplan | News | Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tu B'Shevat: Where's the Fruit?

But in fact this plant-based holiday takes place in the middle of winter. Considering that the fruits of the trees haven’t yet begun to grow, why celebrate the occasion by eating them?

Rena Greenberg | News | Tuesday, January 30, 2018