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FIFA Fans Score Shabbat at Chabad

As players and fans gear up for the FIFA World Cup Finals to be held this weekend, Chabad centers around the host country are making their own preparations.

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, July 13, 2018

Chabad Women Talk About Life in Their New Digs

The story of four Chabad women who land in four new places. Is "culture shock" the right word?

Dvora Lakein | News | Friday, July 13, 2018

Chabad Female Composer Aims For the Heights

“If words are the pen of the heart,” wrote Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the first Chabad Rebbe, “then music is the pen of the soul.” Though Sarah Dukes' music has played all over the world, and has even made it to the first-round ballot of the GRAMMYs, Sarah views her music from a Chassidic perspective, with the belief that it can make a positive impact on the world.

Mushkie Engel | News | Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Chabad on Call

Among the many resources Chabad on Call offered at the event—like specialty prayer pamphlets, psalms booklets and meaningful cards—a new cultural sensitivity course was introduced. Designed for rabbis to present to local medical staff, the course covers key topics like kosher and Shabbat restrictions or the Torah's view on end-of-life.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, July 9, 2018

Hikers go the Extra Mile for Kids with Special Needs

Upwards of five million people visit the Grand Canyon each year, but at least one group came for more than just the scenery. Earlier this month, thirty-six women took time away from work and family commitments for a three-day hike to raise funds for Friendship Circle.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Best Traveled Teenagers in the World

When she turned 16, Nechama Zukin of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, caught the travel bug. Summer stints as a camp counselor in Pennsylvania; Chernigov, Ukraine; London; and S. Paulo, Brazil gave her wings. Her itinerary would land her in places that people twice and three times her age still have on their bucket lists.

Rena Udkoff | News | Monday, July 2, 2018

Anniversary of Rebbe's Liberation from Soviet Prison

Today, on the Jewish calendar, marks the 91st anniversary of the miraculous liberation of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, from Soviet prison.

Staff Writer | News | Friday, June 29, 2018

Jerusalem, A City of Peace

This Sunday (July 1) is the 17th of Tammuz, a day of fasting and prayer that commemorates the destruction of Jerusalem. Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chairman of the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of Educational/Social Services, shares the significance of the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, from a biblical perspective.

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky | News | Thursday, June 28, 2018

It Started With A Shmooze

Affectionately named “The Shmooze,” this group meets at the Highpoint Condos, a retirement village where most of its members reside. Rabbi Silverman agreed to make the arrangements for Joshua's bar mitzva at the nearby Children's Village youth rehabilitation, but members of The Shmooze also wanted to participate.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jewish Teens Meet in Pennsylvania For Leadership Training

The fifth annual CTeen retreat hosted thirty-five teenage leaders from chapters in twenty-five U.S. cities and Quincy from the U.K this weekend. Along with their CTeen directors, leaders are responsible for creating innovative programing that aim to instill their peers with Jewish values. In addition, chapter leaders are given the opportunity to collaborate with each other to coordinate international CTeen events.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, June 25, 2018

Camp Gan Israel: Why They Keep Coming Back

It’s a new season at the largest Jewish camp network in the world. Former campers are coming back with their own children, hoping to impart the Jewish joy and pride they received at Camp Gan Israel to the next generation.

Rena Udkoff | News | Thursday, June 21, 2018

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