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Long Island Rabbi Receives Senator's Award

This afternoon, October 15, Senator John E. Brooks stopped by the Chabad Center for Jewish Life on Hewlett Avenue with a delivery for Rabbi Shimon and Chanie Kramer. The couple received a NYS Commendation Award in recognition of their contribution to the community.

Shterna Karp | News | Monday, October 15, 2018

Russian Chief Rabbi Alarmed by Treatment of Chabad Representatives

In an urgent letter to Sweden’s government officials, Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar expressed “grave concern” for the wellbeing of its Sweden’s Chabad emissaries, Rabbi Alexander and Leah Namdar, and their family. The Namdars have raised their family of 11 in Gothenburg and were fined €73,000 as a penalty for homeschooling their children.

Baila Olidort | News | Friday, October 12, 2018

Texas-Sized Hospitality At Chabad For Medical Patients And Their Families

Rabbi Lazer and Rochel Lazaroff take care of patients and their families who come for treatment to any of the twenty-one hospitals in Texas Medical Center: lodging, hot meals, commutes, and other support services relieve families of some stress during their difficult ordeal.

Sarah Ogince | News | Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Future Is Here: Tuition-Free Jewish Day School in Myrtle Beach

Under her leadership as Chabad representative in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Leah Aizenman and her community developed a model for free Jewish education. Now in its third year the program, called Jewish Education Myrtle Beach, is giving 75 percent of the city’s Jewish children a first-rate, tuition-free Jewish education.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A Bereavement Minyan Group On Whatsapp in Montreal

Some mitzvahs are all about acts of kindness. These are performed without any expectations of a “thank you.” Paying last respects is one of them. So when Rabbi Levi New of the Montreal Torah Center in suburban Hampstead, Quebec, reached out asking for help to complete a minyan [quorum of ten men] for the Kaddish to be recited at a burial site, the positive response surprised him.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chicago Mayor Proclaims Day in Honor of Holocaust Survivor

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proclaimed Tuesday, October 9th, Eva Schloss Day in Chicago. Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, has been sharing her personal story and will speak this evening at an event hosted by Chabad of Lakeview.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Full Exposure: Pittsburgh University Executives See Israel For Themselves

American colleges and universities are in the grip of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda. Here’s what Chabad leaders at Pittsburgh colleges have done to create a safer environment for Jewish students, and foster thoughtful conversation on campus.

Dvora Lakein | News | Monday, October 8, 2018

In Arizona, a New Center for a New Year

As the Jewish New Year opened in Fountain Hills, Arizona, so did its new community center. Rabbi Mendy and Tzipi Lipskier inaugurated 4,500 square-foot center just in time for Rosh Hashana.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Come, Pray, Connect: Minyan, Millenials and Why Services Matter

Over the past two decades, synagogue membership has declined across the United States, with less than one-third of American Jews choosing to affiliate with a congregation. According to the 2013 Pew Research Center Study, only twenty-three percent of U.S. Jews attend synagogue on a regular basis. And many rabbis suspect that self-reporting inflates that number.

Rena Udkoff | News | Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Abiding Optimism of Chabad Emissaries in Africa

When Paul told the visiting students about his father’s situation, they arranged to visit him after the holiday. “According to the map, Kitengela seemed to be about a 50 minute drive away,” says Plotkin. The trip turned out to be twice as long as expected, with multiple twists and turns on rough dirt roads and prolonged delays for sheep crossings.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Thursday, September 20, 2018

Simple Shtieble, Soaring Sanctuary, Yom Kippur Is Calling

There is a “synagogue crisis” at large, and Chabad is not unaffected. Chabad rabbis and rebbetzins do draw crowds to their community events. Shabbat dinners and adult educational courses are well attended. Jews are engaging with us, and often in impressive numbers. But that’s not davening.

Baila Olidort | News | Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Four Communal Leaders Share Personal Regrets and Resolutions

The High Holidays are a time dedicated to repentance and reflection. We’ve asked four Chabad leaders to share with us some of the regrets they feel as communal leaders, and what resolutions within the scope of their leadership responsibilities they’d like to make in the coming year.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Friday, September 14, 2018

New Chabad Representatives to Duluth, Edge of the Great Lakes

Minnesota’s port city on the shores of Lake Superior is will soon have new Chabad representatives. Rabbi Mendy and Tirtza Ross and their two children will move shortly after the conclusion of the Sukkot holiday. Duluth’s Jewish population is small. Rabbi Mendy Ross estimates about 1,000 Jews living in the region. “But who knows? There could be even more.” But small is fine. “We’re not looking to attract thousands of participants to a big event."

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Friday, September 14, 2018

Sitting Next To Your Spouse In An Orthodox Synagogue

This time of year, when people may feel more motivated to attend synagogue for High Holiday services, the mechitzah separating the men and women sometimes becomes a sticking point. The world is evolving with more equal rights for everyone. If Chabad would accommodate mixed gender seating, it would have wider acceptance. Why don’t you adopt this practice to better fit with the times?

Rivka Slonim | News | Thursday, September 13, 2018

Have We Become Too Sophisticated For Yom Kippur?

Something has changed. In our minds, Yom Kippur has become complicated. The service doesn’t speak to us—the idea of sin no longer resonates. Praying all day in a foreign language seems alienating, fasting uncomfortable. And anyway, isn’t change something personal that can’t be scheduled, but has to happen on our own timetable?

Chana Silberstein | News | Thursday, September 13, 2018

Helping Hearing-Impaired Hear the Sound of the Shofar

When the time to sound the shofar arrived, one man approached me and, through the interpreter, asked if he was permitted to touch the shofar. I didn’t initially understand the meaning behind his request, but it became clear when I saw him stretch out his hand and lightly hold the shofar with me each time it was sounded, his eyes closed in deep concentration.

Tzvi Lipinski | News | Friday, September 7, 2018

Taking Stock Before the New Year

We are in the final month of the Jewish calendar year—traditionally a time dedicated to taking spiritual stock of the year past. Examining our successes and failures, we need to look at those areas of life that are in our control. Have we given our relationships the time they require? Have we been more thoughtful and kind to our parents, our spouses, our neighbors? Has our bond with our people, our heritage, and our G-d grown stronger this year?

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky | News | Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tuition-Free Hebrew School Offered in Orange County, NY

Beginning this fall season, enrollment will be tuition-free for all new students at Chabad Hebrew School in Orange County, NY. The Hebrew School meets every Sunday morning for two hours of what Chana Burston terms, “FUNdamental Jewish experience that will last a lifetime.” Through hands-on activities and projects, 5-13 year old students are invited to engage in Jewish discovery.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Public Jewish Hour: 88 Years, Going Strong

It’s Wednesday afternoon and young men are streaming out of the yeshivah on Brooklyn’s leafy Eastern Parkway. Armed with snacks, crafts, and sheafs of paper, 180 instructors head to 90 public schools around New York City. Released Time is an offshoot of the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE). Their “Jewish Hour,” as it’s often called, was instituted by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, in 1941.

Dvora Lakein | News | Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Book Review: The Scientist Who Is A Chosid

Book Review: Both Brawer and Green are scientists who came to Chabad as adults. Both bring their scientific background to the table as they reflect on how they grapple with truth; both share some of the insights that have been most instrumental to their own thinking; both share their spiritual inspirations and journeys of growth with extraordinary candor.

Dr. Chana Silberstein | News | Thursday, August 30, 2018

Rohr Chabad House University of Wisconsin Nearly Triples Its Space

The new construction gives students 10,000 sq. feet of space over the current 4,000. The $4 million project gained major support from the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation, the Rohr Family Foundation, and local donors.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Tuesday, August 28, 2018

New Chabad Opens In Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina's Capital City

What motivates young couples to pick up and move from their families and comfort zones to an unfamiliar place—without convenient access to Jewish resources—to build a community from scratch? It’s the Rebbe, they’ll all tell you.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, August 27, 2018

Kulanu Circle: An All-Inclusive Hebrew School

“Is today Hebrew School?” Mendel Mann asks hopefully each Sunday morning. For the last three years on Sunday mornings, Mendel’s mother Devorah Leah has made the fifty-mile drive from South Beach to Kendall, Florida so the twelve-year-old can be part of the Kulanu Circle.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, August 23, 2018

Traveling to Aruba? Check out Chabad.

Traveling to Aruba? Meet the Blasbergs. Here's some information that will make your kosher island stay a little easier.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, August 22, 2018

From The Frat House to The Chabad House

Today, a third generation of Chabad representatives are serving Jewish students on American campuses. An alumnus of The University of Texas, Austin, Rabbi Zev Johnson has a high relatability factor. He’s been there, done that.

Sarah Ogince | News | Monday, August 20, 2018