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Digging the New Digs at Chabad of Indiana University

Chabad of Indiana University’s new home is only a short block away from its predecessor, but its central location acts as a magnet to the school’s 3,000 Jewish students. The new building boasts 7,000 square feet, almost double the space of its previous quarters, across tall-ceilinged, light-filled rooms. In most ways, it far surpasses Chabad’s home of 30 years

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

It's Just About Being Jewish

The ballroom pulsated with the energy of 1200 college students meeting, dancing, playing games and snacking at the penultimate event of the 2019 Chabad on Campus International Shabbaton this Saturday night.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, November 11, 2019

The Israeli of Alamo

Together with Yossi Posner, Goldshmid spent the month of August visiting Jewish inmates in 32 prisons across the American South. The pair, both 25 years old, brought Judaism and hope to inmates on behalf of the Aleph Institute.

Dvora Lakein | News | Monday, November 11, 2019

Isolated, But Not Alone

What’s it like to keep a kosher home where kosher food isn’t available? Or to give your children a Jewish education where none exists? The geographic isolation experienced by growing numbers of Chabad representatives who serve in places far from Jewish life, has spawned a community of its own.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Friday, November 8, 2019

Poway Street Renamed For Terror Victim

Local policy doesn’t usually permit streets to be named for people (unless they were historic personalities) but the council made an exception for this case. “This is an important moment to pay tribute to a life ended far too soon and one more special than I think we will ever know,” says Vaus.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Montenegro Appoints Country’s First Chief Rabbi

On Thursday, Montenegro, in the Balkans, appointed its first Chief Rabbi, at the opening ceremony of the Mahar conference.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, November 4, 2019

A Path Out of Poverty and Into Jewish Service

Fifty students from Odessa and abroad currently attend Chabad’s Jewish University in Odessa. The Jewish University is the only institution of higher learning in the region where students can earn accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, law, and humanities while also engaging in Jewish studies.

Rena Udkoff | News | Monday, November 4, 2019

As Getty Fire Burns in LA, Chabads Offer Assistance

At about 1:34 on Monday morning, in the hills of Brentwood, California, a eucalyptus branch fell onto a power line, sparking a fire that quickly burned more than 500 acres. By 3:15 10,000 homes were evacuated.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, October 31, 2019

University of Pittsburgh Marks One Year for Tree of Life

On October 27, 2018, the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh became the site of the worst mass killing of Jews in America. At the nearby University of Pittsburgh, the outpouring of support for the Jewish community on campus was instant and firm.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Odessa's Orphans

The Jewish community, which provides hundreds of the city’s Jewish children with daily meals, shelter, and the education they need to hope for a better future, is now fighting for its survival. Today, community leaders describe a crisis that has reached “catastrophic” levels, leaving them without the critical funding needed to continue the most basic humanitarian services.

Rena Udkoff | News | Monday, October 28, 2019

Hot Meals and Warm Jewish Spirit Uplift Stranded Passengers in Barcelona

After technical delays forced a Norwegian airline traveling from Israel to New York to land in Barcelona, Spain, more than 100 passengers found themselves stranded with nothing to eat. The passengers, returning from the Sukkot holiday in the Holy Land, had already experienced a delayed departure. Many of them, kosher consumers, and unable to to exit the airport without visas, left many adults and children had run out of food.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, October 24, 2019

12 Hours in the Heart of the Hood

Members of 10 Atlanta Chabad centers met at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport for a six a.m. flight last Wednesday. The 83 travelers, ranging in age from four months to their mid-70s, took off into the sunrise for 12 hours of Soul travel.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, October 24, 2019

Treasures From the Chabad Library

The library’s collection was started by the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), and expanded with each subsequent Lubavitcher Rebbe. Throughout this timespan, it survived the ravages of Jewish travails—sustaining considerable losses in fires, confiscations by hostile governments, and relocations within Eastern Europe as Jews fled from one place to another—until it was finally smuggled out of communist Russia to the United States.

Baila Olidort | News | Thursday, October 24, 2019

Two Lesser-Known Jewish Holidays Occur this Week

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are the last two festivals during this month of the High Holidays. Shemini Atzeret is an extension of the Sukkot holiday, and will begin this year on Sunday evening, October 22 and is followed the following evening by Simchat Torah.

News | Sunday, October 20, 2019

Meet Hallandale's New CTeen Directors

That’s the winter I met the guy who would, some years later, become my husband. I met Joey at the CTeen International Shabbaton in New York.

Rachel Wilkes Goffstein as told to Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, October 17, 2019

How Can I Make This World A Better Place?

The plethora of biographical books and articles about the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, have typically summarized his impact on the Jewish community by emphasizing his love and care for every individual.

Chana Silberstein | News | Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Celebrating this Year: Sukkot

This week marks Sukkot, the holiday of booths (or huts). The seven-day Festival of Joy comes begins tonight, October 13, at sunset, commemorating the Clouds of Glory that G-d protected the Jewish people with during their travels in the desert following their exodus from Egypt 3,331 years ago.

Sheidle Fogelman | News | Sunday, October 13, 2019

Breaking Ground In Clearwater

One hundred and fifty community members gathered to break ground and lay the cornerstone of the new Feldman Campus for Jewish Life and the Tabacinic Chabad Center at Chabad of Clearwater, Florida

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, October 10, 2019

Learning Leadership, Life Skills, Love At South Florida Jewish Academy

They come from public schools, day schools, and yeshivahs, from homeschool and from no school. Fewer than half have diagnosed disabilities. Others are academically gifted, but socially challenged. Many are anxious or discouraged. And Baila Gansburg, principal of South Florida Jewish Academy (SFJA), believes in each of them.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Thursday, October 10, 2019

Yom Kippur With The Rebbe

The highest moment, for me, came at the end of Yom Kippur, when—after fasting for twenty-five hours—we affirmed loudly in unison, with all our energy, Shema Yisrael, and then, thrice, Baruch Shem, and finally, Hashem Hu HaElokim, seven times. This experience was unlike anything else I have ever experienced—the collective declaration of non-resistance, the articulated relinquishment of the illusion that life is in our control. It was profoundly liberating.

Mariashi Groner | News | Monday, October 7, 2019

Yom Kippur Escape . . . Nowhere To Hide

Humans have been trying to hide from G-d ever since the days of Adam and Eve. We know it can’t be done, but we try to do it anyway. In my own life, I procrastinate, letting duties of the heart pile up like unopened bills on the kitchen table. Eventually, I realize I’m just fooling myself. Futility of futilities, writes Ecclesiastes. Alas, it turns out that resistance, too, is futile!

Simcha Weinstein | News | Monday, October 7, 2019

Our Yom Kippur Prayers: Better Than The Angels

Somewhere in the middle of the cantor’s repetition of the Yom Kippur afternoon Mussaf service, I finally get to concentrate on the prayers for a few minutes. I didn’t really have the chance to do that until now. After all, in my role as a Chabad rabbi, I want to make sure that everyone who made it to synagogue on Yom Kippur is finding their way through the prayers with something that will linger and make a difference in to them well after the High Holidays season is over.

Levi Fogelman | News | Monday, October 7, 2019

Florida Community Steps Up to Bring Holiday Joy

In celebration of its 40th year, Chabad of South Broward, Florida, has launched a campaign to raise $40,000 for needy families in their area. Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, who oversees 23 Chabad centers in South Broward, said, “Maimonides taught that one does not fulfill the observance of celebrating the holidays without helping the less fortunate.”

Tzipora Reitman | News | Monday, October 7, 2019

$6 Million Dollar Chabad of Charlotte Grand Opening

Chabad of Charlotte welcomed dignitaries and locals to the “Grandest Opening” of their stately, six million dollar campus on a balmy Sunday evening in September. At its first official event, the Epstein Family Chabad Jewish Center hosted a chic reception for adults and a concurrent children’s carnival. Over 800 people participated.

Dvora Lakein | News | Monday, October 7, 2019

Fiftieth Chabad in the Lone Star State

In October, Rabbi Sholom and Chaya Block will be packing up the home they’ve lived in since their marriage eighteen months ago and setting out to serve the Jewish communities in Allen and McKinney, Texas. The Blocks will make history as the fiftieth Chabad couple serving the state of Texas.

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, October 4, 2019