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The Rebbe Created a Culture

It is easier, of course, to stay within our safe spheres. So we speak mostly of the Rebbe’s love and acceptance. But that doesn’t convey the experience of the Rebbe honestly. We need only look at how he responded to people who sought his advice, to see that he always pushed the boundaries, relentlessly goading them out of their comfort zones.

Baila Olidort | News | Friday, June 15, 2018

Jewish Tourists will Celebrate Shabbat and Kosher in the FIFA Capital

This year, Russia hosts the The 2018 FIFA World Cup June 14-July 15. Local Chabad centers are prepared to welcome Jewish soccer (football) fans and spectators. In Moscow alone, 32 Chabad centers served by more than a hundred Chabad emissaries are on the ready. Two halls in the city center have been set up to accommodate 1,000 Shabbat guests for the two weeks the games will be held in Moscow. A Shabbat-friendly hotel, recently opened by emissaries Rabbi Yakov and Sashi Fridman, will also offer hundreds of visitors and locals alike a Shabbat oasis in the Russian capital.

Rena Udkoff | News | Thursday, June 14, 2018

In the Shadow of Hate, a Display of Jewish Pride

As the anti-Israel Al Quds Day parade marched through the streets of central London this Sunday, an event celebrating Jewish pride was in full swing in the neighboring district of Islington.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Story of Jewish Learning Partnerships Across the Seas

When Meryl Abrams of Princeville, Kauai was preparing for her son’s bar mitzvah last year, she reached out for support from over 5,000 miles away. “I needed someone to teach him, so I asked Malka if she could help,” says Meryl.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Jewish Life Grows on the Cayman Islands

Steve Cummins is a local Jewish businessman who grew up attending the Isaac M Wise Reform Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio. After years of hosting communal events and doing his best to keep Jewish life alive on the Cayman Islands, he knew he needed to bring in an expert.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, June 12, 2018

In Zhitomir, A Community Celebrates Life With A New Torah

A traveling Chabad emissary was left for dead last winter when beaten in an anti-semitic attack at the Zhitomir central train station in Ukraine. This month, a Torah is being celebrated in his name.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Russia Welcomes the Young and the Jewish

Twenty six Jewish, young professionals, hailing from nine cities in the US, Canada and Europe, met last week in Moscow for a global summit. Beginning in St Petersburg, the program traced the footsteps of Soviet refuseniks who kept Jewish life under Communist rule alive at great personal risk. The tour highlighted the small Jewish network that sustained itself during Russia’s dark days, and from which Russia’s flourishing Jewish communities today have emerged.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Is Bitcoin The New Charity?

Debates on the virtues and fragilities of cryptocurrencies pepper the public conversation. Some of the more tech-savvy among Chabad’s shluchim are adding bitcoin and cryptocurrency wallets to the donation pages of their websites to keep their fundraising options on the cutting edge.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Bar Mitzvah Boy Who Gave Back

Hebrew school attendance is a struggle for many Jewish kids who’d rather not give up their free time to attend extra classes. For one boy preparing to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah in Highland Mills, NY, the struggle was how to give back to the Hebrew School he’d attended the past few years.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Historic Newtown Wins Approval to Build First Mikvah

Steeped in historical value, Newtown, Pennsylvania’s entire business district is part of the National Register of Historic Places. Despite the hurdles involved in building in such a district, Lubavitch of Bucks County has secured approval to build the county’s first mikvah.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Prayers and Mitzvahs for A Four Year Old Boy

Four-year-old Shmuly Oirechman was seriously injured when an arrow struck him in the eye. It was a family fun day in honor of Lag B’Omer when children play with bows and arrows. Shmuly’s right eye was severely damaged

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, May 28, 2018

Saved During Kristallnacht, A Torah Scroll Comes To Colorado

For Jewish parents and educators in the twenty first century, there is a constant need to find the balance between celebrating our history and living in the present. A small Torah scroll currently being taken to visit communities around the world is helping to fuse that gap.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A New Documentary Features Jews in The Bush

Untold Australia is Australia's latest SBS series—featuring the lives of ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, citizens. Today, a new documentary airs. Outback Rabbis follows the lives of the two families who direct Chabad of RARA (Rural and Regional Australia).

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Jewish Women In Long Island Live With Hope

When Cindy Knoll was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31, her youngest had just celebrated her first birthday. Her husband and family kicked in to care for her, and Cindy credits her survival to the tremendous support she received. But not everyone has a system that heals and cares and does the dishes. Based at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Merrick, Long Island, the Circle offers support groups, financial backing, home cooked meals, and a shoulder to cry on.

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Granite State Opens New Chabad Space

Chabad of New Hampshire had been sharing space with Rabbi Levi and Shternie Krinsky and their nine children. Community events were held in rented venues. Yom Kippur services meant a few mile walk to a downtown location that was big enough to house their congregation.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, May 14, 2018

Protesting the Protesters, Changing the Face of BDS on Campus

A student who had an entire class curriculum changed due to its anti-Israel bias, has been honored at last month’s 7th Annual Jerusalem Post Conference.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, May 10, 2018

Frontier Fund Offers Small Chabad Centers Some Relief

In 2009, help came in the form of a grant by The Frontier Fund of Machne Israel, the social-services division at Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters. “Heaven-sent” is how Wilhelm describes the two-year grant. “It freed me up to dedicate more time and energy to our real objective—to reach out to more Jews in Norway. The programs we established using these funds are successful still today.”

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Not For Perks And Benefits

Chabad moved to Iceland this month, marking the 100th country/territory exposed to Chabad's reach. Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chairman of Chabad-Lubavitch Educational/Social Services, describes the motivation behind establishing centers all over the world.

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky | News | Monday, May 7, 2018

Despite Emigration, A Jewish Center Opens in France

The rise of anti-Semitism in France has been driving many Jews from the country. Most leave for Israel. Others are fleeing the bigger cities and heading south to the French Riviera. Le Cannet, a small suburb on the northern border of Cannes is home to two hundred fifty Jewish families. Last month, Chabad of Cannes opened Le Cannet’s first synagogue.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It's Not All Greek Over Here

Run by Chabad’s representatives to Athens, Rabbi Mendel and Nechama Hendel, Gostijo prepares traditional Sephardic and Greek foods that are popular with natives and tourists, Jewish and not. The restaurant, in the city’s hip center, boasts a talented chef and a trendy menu. Many of Gostijo’s reviews highlight the surprise diners feel upon receiving such a warm welcome. For Hendel, the restaurant is more than the antidote to a kosher tourist’s suitcase of matzah and tuna. “It’s not only a place to eat. It’s a warm place for people to get together, it’s a home away from home.”

Dvora Lakein | News | Monday, April 30, 2018

Uncovered in Germany? Chabad Rabbis Say No Way!

The rally featured local politicians and supporters of all nationalities and religions. Topped with kippahs of all stripes, materials, and styles, Berlin stood to attention, loudly demonstrating, “Never again.” Chabad's emissary, Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal stood on the dais at the event.

Dvora Lakein | News | Friday, April 27, 2018

Tefillin, Prayer and A Piano

When community members heard about Alan’s special Bar Mitzva, they came together to make it “a Bar Mitzva to remember.” “I don’t know a lot of people, so I had been planning a very small family event,” shares Inna. “But Alan has touched a lot of people through his music. A lot of people know him, and they all came together to make it into something very special.”

Frayda Kaplan | News | Thursday, April 26, 2018

When it rained, it poured

It’s the “wettest spot on earth,” but last week, Kauai received more precipitation than even it could handle. Rabbi Michoel and Zisel Goldman coordinate Jewish life on Kauai where they have been living with their family for the past five years. Since the flooding began last weekend, they have been in touch with Jewish residents in isolated areas, fielding calls for help and support. They are also providing something to all northern residents that no one else is.

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New Initiative Challenges Anti-Israel BDS on American Campuses

In response to the anti-Israel BDS movement on American university campuses, Chabad on Campus and Belev Echad have formed a partnership. Together they are bringing IDF veterans to visit campuses across the country and share their stories with faculty and students.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Drawing Lines of Private Space, Women Explore Jewish Intimacy

From April 18 to 26, Chabad representatives on Long Island will be celebrating the “Week of the Jewish Woman.” As society grapples with questions of appropriate behavior and gender equality, it may be a good time to return to the Rebbe’s vision, and to ask what it was exactly that he saw.

Sarah Ogince | News | Monday, April 23, 2018