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Small Town, Big Dreams

In a small corner of southwestern New Jersey lies little known Gloucester County. In 2007, with a Jewish population of about 1,000, the sleepy town was not the most promising destination for a rabbi looking to build.

Chava Leiba Witkes | News | Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Small Town, Big Dreams

In a small corner of southwestern New Jersey lies little known Gloucester County. In 2007, with a Jewish population of about 1,000, the sleepy town was not the most promising destination for a rabbi looking to build.

Chava Leiba Witkes | News | Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Great American Jewclipse

“The world will be getting dark for two minutes. It’s a great opportunity for us mortals to add light to this universe.”

Mushkie Engel | News | Friday, August 18, 2017

The Kitchen Table and Other Sacred Spaces

As I spoke to the people who collaborated with their Chabad representatives on this project, I understood: they are not visitors and this was not a dispensary. Chabad, it was clear, had become their home.

Baila Olidort | News | Friday, August 18, 2017

Jewish Community of Curitiba, Brazil, Honors IDF Soldiers

Nearly 400 members of the Jewish community of Curitiba, Paraná, in South Brazil packed a lavish hall last Monday evening to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the victory of the Six Day War and the launching of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s tefillin campaign.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Teens and Seniors Link Hearts

At a time when most middle-schoolers and teenagers are preoccupied with their Snapchat stories or the latest Adidas shoe, Shelly Klein finds it a refreshing shift to see her son “slow down” and be committed to bringing joy to the elderly and the community at large.

Chava Leiba Witkes | News | Monday, August 14, 2017

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson

The 20th of Av marks the 734d year since the passing of the Rebbe's father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson.

Staff Writer | News | Friday, August 11, 2017

Remembering Summer 1956

Sixty one years ago this summer, Friday morning, July 13,1956, concluding the two weeks in Europe, we flew from Rome to the Holy Land.

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky | News | Thursday, August 10, 2017

Torah Receives Royal Welcome in Queensland, AUS

Two hundred people danced through Kewarra Beach’s streets Sunday accompanied by a live band, a passel of photographers, and a ritual canopy. The center of all that attention? A brand new Torah scroll.

E. Gopin | News | Thursday, August 10, 2017

Chabad Unveils New Tech Innovation Lab on Campus

In their latest move, Illini Chabad has unveiled a purpose-built innovation and study co-working space.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, August 7, 2017

Tisha B'Av: Remembering for a Better Future

The idea of remembering, and the traditions that facilitate remembering are everywhere embedded in Jewish life, enabling us to bridge the wide gap between past and present, not for the sake of keeping us tethered to the past, but so that we will have a future to look forward to as Jews.

Baila Olidort | News | Monday, July 31, 2017

“Talmud Day” Commemorates Years of Learning in Sacramento

Five years ago, Rick Brodovsky, a Sacramento, California native, was at a crossroads. Confronted with difficult decisions and an unclear future, Brodovsky turned to his local Chabad rabbi for advice.

Nehama Silvers | News | Friday, July 28, 2017

Kosher Comes to Jamaica—in the Form of Jerk Falafel

With the opening of the Kosher Hot Spot & Welcome Center in Montego Bay, Chabad of Jamaica is fusing two different food styles into an incredible Israeli-Jamaican culinary experience.

Esther Gopin | News | Thursday, July 27, 2017

History in the Making: A Jewish Revival Sweeps Yiddish-Speaking Birobidzhan

A mikvah under construction in Birobidzhan? Yes, and it will be the first for the Jews of the Jewish Autonomous Region in Russia’s Far East, where Chabad is leading a revival.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, July 24, 2017

Meet Randy Kersh

Meet Randy Kersh. A 22-year old student at the University of North Florida, Randy dreams of becoming a Reform rabbi. He was prom king at his high school in Cooper City, and he’s the co-president of his campus Chabad student group, the Jewish Ospreys. Randy also has Down syndrome.

Mushkie Engel | News | Monday, July 24, 2017

A Bar Mitzvah in Laos

Nestled between Thailand and Vietnam, Laos presents a daunting challenge to new Chabad reps Rabbi Shalom and Tammy Glitzenstein.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, July 13, 2017

Breaking Bread in Buenos Aires—With 1,499 Friends

Students and young Jewish professionals celebrated Shabbat dinner at the La Rural convention center. They talked and sang and bonded over a three-course catered dinner that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

Esther Gopin | News | Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Chabad Teams Up with AEPi in Vienna for Mass Fraternity Bar Mitzvah

Earlier this month, five university students from the Lauder Business School in Vienna were joined by their families from Switzerland, Germany, Hungary and Ukraine as they celebrated their bar mitzvahs.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Today in Chabad History: 12-13 Tammuz

The twelfth of Tammuz (this year: July 6) is the birthday of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of blessed memory. It is also the day when the Rabbi received a notice of freedom from his exile in Kastroma, Russia.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Survivor Moshe Holtzberg Pledges to Return to Mumbai

“I want to ask you something from all my heart… please continue to remember my parents.”

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Knesset Speaker Visits Site of Former Incarceration

Israeli Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein recently paid a visit to a place where he was once kept captive: the infamous Butyrka prison in Moscow, the site of his three-months-long incarceration in 1984.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A First for Forsyth

Most synagogues don’t hold press conferences to announce the purchase of a permanent location, and most synagogue press conferences aren’t attended by the mayor, the chief of police, three county commissioners, state and local representatives, and members of the Chamber of Commerce.

Mushkie Engel | News | Monday, July 3, 2017

In Conversation with Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, one of the most passionate Jewish voices of our time, enjoyed an enduring correspondence and personal relationship with the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Mr. Wiesel, a professor at Boston University, spoke with Baila Olidort in May of 2013.

Baila Olidort | News | Saturday, July 1, 2017

Chabad Keeps Up at Kent State University

Rabbi Moshe and Mussie Sasonkin, who opened a campus Chabad center in May, recognize the opportunity that presents for interfacing with students individually.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, June 26, 2017

The Rebbe's Yahrtzeit

The life of a tzaddik is not a life of the flesh, but a spiritual life consisting wholly of faith, awe, and love of G‑d. - Tanya

Staff Writer | News | Monday, June 26, 2017