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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

Cteen Judaism 101 in University Today

This fall, some 100 teenagers are expected to register as Yeshiva University non-matriculated students in a ground-breaking course on the tenets of Judaism. In conjunction with CTeen, Chabad’s Teen Network, the two-credit pilot course will cover topics of history and faith over 14 classes.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, October 3, 2019

Plugged In & Disconnected

“Students put their headphones in, stare at their cell phones, and walk right by us. But I don’t think it’s Judaism necessarily that they are avoiding: the University struggles to engage them also. I think this generation is looking for connections but needs help actually connecting.”

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Rosh Hashanah, Not Only a Jewish Celebration

This week, Jewish people the world over will be marking Rosh Hashanah, a holiday commemorating the beginning of creation. In most locations, public schools and government offices will allow leave for the first of the two-day holiday, which begins this year on Sunday evening, September 29.

Sheindle Fogelman | News | Sunday, September 29, 2019

Ancient Texts That Speak To Me: A CRY IS HEARD IN RAMAH

In the emotionally charged story of Mother Rachel weeping for her children, which we read in the haftorah on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, there is a passage about G-d’s promise of redemption. Unique among her compatriots, it is Mother Rachel who is hailed in Jewish liturgy and source texts as the Jewish people’s principal...

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan | News | Friday, September 27, 2019

Counted & Blessed

As soon as we got into the car, the Rebbe expressed concern. Might the photographer have been offended by his blessing? After all, the Rebbe said, she wasn’t Jewish, and she would not be celebrating Rosh Hashanah as her new year. The Rebbe suggested that I call Mr. Goldman and ask him to explain to Ms. Washington that on the Jewish New Year we pray for all of humanity.

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky | News | Friday, September 27, 2019

Historic: Two Synagogues and Two Torahs at the Banks of the Danube

At the shores of the Danube River, seventy-five years after 20,000 Jews were murdered there, the Jewish community of Budapest, Hungary celebrated this week the opening of two new Chabad centers and completion of two new Torahs.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, September 26, 2019

Chabad Regains Rights to Krakow Synagogue Before High Holy Days

Judge Jacek Blat of the court of Krakow ruled today that the Izaak synagogue must be returned to Chabad of Krakow and reopened to the Jewish community. Run by Chabad, the Izaak shul has become a hub for the local Jewish community and the thousands of visitors who come daily to pray, study, and procure kosher food, among a host of other community activities.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sweet and Sweeter

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah . . . the holidays in the Hebrew month of Tishrei are chock-full of traditions uniquely symbolic of our hopes and prayers for a year of forgiveness and sweet blessings. Here are some to consider:

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Chabad Makes it Easier Than Ever to Find a Service in Australia

As communities all over the world prepare for High Holy Day services, Chabad is looking out for the small towns, making sure cities of less that 1,000 Jews can celebrate as well. Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia (RARA) is organizing services and dinners for the tiny Australian Jewish populations in the cities of Newcastle, Darwin and the Sunshine Coast,.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sixty Three Days

When she was almost two weeks old, Gila and I boarded an early morning Delta flight bound for my mother’s bedside. We repeated the trip twice more, visiting every two weeks like clockwork. I passed my sister and brother in transit during those two months; always someone at her side, as she had always been by ours. When Gila was eight weeks old, I drove my kids halfway across the country for what was unknowingly, and ultimately, goodbye.

Dvora Lakein | News | Tuesday, September 24, 2019

REPOST: Shofar in Kaluga, Russia

As this was our first Rosh Hashanah in Kaluga, we wanted to invite as many Jews as possible to celebrate the holiday with us. But all we had to go on was an old list that the community had not updated in years. Many of the people on these lists had long since died.

Michoel Oishie | News | Monday, September 23, 2019

New $7 Million Chabad Center Opens in Flagstaff

Flagstaff, AZ - Dr. Merrill and Rhoda Abeshaus were among Northern Arizona’s pioneers of Jewish life back in the 1970s. When in 2006, they heard that Rabbi Dovie and Chaya Shapiro wanted to open Chabad of Flagstaff, they were skeptical. The Flagstaff Jewish community was too small, too uninvolved, they felt. But after taking into account the growing Jewish student enrollment at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the city’s popularity among tourists, the Abeshauses changed their minds. They encouraged the Shapiros to come, and soon became their major supporters.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Friday, September 20, 2019

A Spiritual Injection for Azerbaijan's Hidden Jerusalem

Just about thirty miles from the Caspian Seashore, in the northeast of Azerbaijan, lies the only all-Jewish town outside of Israel and Kiryas Joel and New Square in the USA. Krasnaya Sloboda, or Qirmizi Qəsəbə in Azerbaijani was founded in 1742 by Fatah Ali Khan, the Muslim emir of the town of Quba, located on the other side of the river as a haven for the Mountain Jews. This Summer Chabad sent young Rabbi to invigorate the Jewish life there.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, September 19, 2019

In the Birthplace of Hippies: A New Chabad Center

It is known as the birthplace of the Hippie Movement (and counts some well-known Jewish hippies in its history), and on Sunday, the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco celebrated the opening of its first permanent Chabad center.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Chabad Marks Birthday of Movement's Founder

On 18 Elul, Jewish communities the world over will mark the anniversary of the birthdate for Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad movement.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Gan Izzy in the City

It’s mid-summer and somewhere in a train car way below New York City a group of ninety kids are playing a lively, volley-ball like game involving red balloons they are trying to keep in the air. The train rounds a bend, the game is over and some kids start singing a camp song while others chat happily with their counselors and friends.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, September 16, 2019