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Today in Jewish History: Asarah (10) B’Tevet

On the 10th of Tevet in the Hebrew year 3336 (425 BCE), the army of Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar surrounded Jerusalem’s stone walls and laid siege on the city. This was the beginning of the end of the first Beit Hamikdash; on the 17th of Tammuz, 3338, the city walls were breached, and three weeks later, on 9 Av of that year, the Temple was destroyed and the Jews were sent into exile.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, December 17, 2018

Tackling the Text in Braille, JLI Teaches Torah to the Blind

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Rabbi Rivkin called up the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), the course creators, known for their cutting-edge content and inclusive environment, and asked if they had any textbooks in Braille. They did. Already ten years earlier, Rabbi Mendel Bluming of Chabad of Potomac, Maryland, had helped arrange a partnership between JLI and the Jewish Braille Institute (JBI) to translate the standard JLI textbooks into Braille.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, December 17, 2018

Latkes and Lights at the Oregon Zoo

Rachel is a program manager at the Union for Reform Judaism. She works to build inclusivity daily and is responsible for bringing diversity and equity to the Portland area. “It’s important for our children to have their faith and culture represented in public events,” she says, noting that the breakfast was part of Zoolights, a program that runs from November to January, outside of the zoo’s regular opening times, and allows members and visitors to view its more than 1.5 million speciality lights.

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, December 14, 2018

Today in Chabad History: 5 Tevet

On the 5th of Tevet (Hei Teves) in 1987, the extensive library of the sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, was declared as belonging to Agudas Chasidei Chabad Lubavitch. The U.S. Federal court issued this ruling after a lengthy, highly-publicized trial. The anniversary of this event is marked annually, by purchasing new sefarim (Jewish books) and studying them.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Chabad House Bowery Goes Apping

A new app was launched by Chabad House Bowery, providing students and young professionals in the Bowery area of Manhattan (including students at NYU) with easier access to Chabad’s programming. A one-stop-shop, the app displays a full schedule of upcoming events, and allows users to order kosher food.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Germany: Light in the Footprint of Hate

As a light drizzle fell, thousands gathered for a historic Menorah lighting in Berlin, Germany. “I just watched a light extinguish a dark history at the foot of the Brandenburg Gate,” tweeted Richard Grenell, US Ambassador to Germany.

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, December 7, 2018

NBA Teams Partner with Chabad for a Night of Jewish Pride

The American Airlines Arena in Miami, was transformed into a Chanukah celebration this Sunday as the Miami Heat hosted their tenth annual Jewish Heritage Night with Chabad of Florida. They join teams in all divisions of both the Eastern and Western Conferences hosting similar events this Chanukah.

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Four Days of Chanukah Fun in Queens

Families in Queens, New York, once again have something to look forward as the annual Queens Chanukah Experience opens for four days of interactive, thematic fun beginning Sunday, Dec. 2. Every hour, children will be invited to watch an olive press demonstration or take part in a lively game show competition. In teams, they’ll compete to solve Chanukah riddles and memory puzzles.

Ashira Weiss | News | Sunday, December 2, 2018

60,000 Participants Celebrate Chabad Founder’s Holiday in Jerusalem

Over 350,000 books on Jewish and Chasidic themes were sold in less than ninety-six hours during Israel’s largest Chasidic book fair, hosted at Jerusalem’s Binyanei HaUma Convention Center. The sale was part of a four-day convention commemorating the nineteenth day of the Hebrew month of Kislev.

Frayda Kaplan | News | Thursday, November 29, 2018

Chabad Waterloo Celebrates Ten

The room erupted with a standing ovation at the tenth anniversary gala for Chabad of Waterloo as Rivky Goldman was presented with a bouquet of flowers “for all the cooking, counseling, and love you give to each student.”

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, November 28, 2018

From Imprisonment To Freedom

It’s a 220 year old celebration. And it happens all over the world. The 19th of Kislev, beginning at sunset on Monday evening and lasting through Tuesday, Nov. 27, will be marked globally with lectures and farbrengens—gatherings of people dedicated to the study of Chabad Chasidut—the mystical inner dimension of Torah study.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Celebrates Completion of Fourteen-Year Series

What started as a class of ten people studying the Tanya at Chabad of the Upper East Side in Manhattan became a global network of thousands, from every walk of life, studying the foundational text of Chabad online. This week, fourteen years later, will celebrate the completion of the entire five-volume work at a grand farbrengen on November 27.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, November 26, 2018

Why I Support Chabad

“Chabad is the only proactive outreach Jewish organization that I’ve seen in my adult life and that’s something I want to support ... I’m a son of Holocaust survivors—my mother was orphaned in the Holocaust, and my father escaped the Ghetto, so I have an opinion about the importance of Jewish continuity."

Staff Writer | News | Monday, November 26, 2018

The Case for Religious Freedom: the Struggle to Expand a NJ Synagogue

Rabbi Dov Drizin never imagined that his Chabad House would become the centerpiece of a federal lawsuit. Arriving in suburban Pascack Valley, New Jersey, he and his wife, Hindy, found “an incredibly welcoming and gracious community” that was very receptive.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Sunday, November 25, 2018

Mumbai: On Tenth Anniversary, Nariman House Becomes Nariman Lighthouse

In the decade since Islamic terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba left 166 people in Mumbai dead, including Chabad representatives Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg, the city has seen little growth. The Nariman Chabad House, however, has undergone changes.

Staff Writer | News | Saturday, November 24, 2018

Grateful or Entitled?

I am concerned about what kind of people are we raising, and I want to reverse this shift in our family that is making our children self-absorbed and entitled. How do we not spoil them? How do you teach children who “have it all” to appreciate what they have?

Sarah Alevsky | News | Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Jewish Life Thaws in Remote Arkhangelsk

Government archives show that Arkhangelsk, some 750 miles north of Moscow and more than three degrees higher than Anchorage, Alaska, was once home to two synagogues. Last month, the city’s small Jewish community inaugurated a new synagogue and community center.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, November 20, 2018

How To Help Victims of California's Most Destructive Fire

“The Zwiebels provided us with food and some gelt just to tide us over,” said Randy, who likes to pepper his sentences with Yiddish phrases. “The moral support they have given us,” he adds, “has been tremendous.” The Chabad house has been turned into a refuge for displaced families. “We are appealing to your readers,” Rabbi Zwiebel told, “to help us help people who have suffered such terrible losses.”

Tzipora Reitman | News | Monday, November 19, 2018

California's Blaze Begins to Contain, Chabad's Help Expands

There are people who lost everything, people who lost a great deal, and people who are still under mandatory evacuation orders who are in need of material and emotional support. Chabad centers respond to reach all of them.

News | Friday, November 16, 2018

Synagogue Confiscated By Soviets Now A Jewish Orphanage

In a place where Jewish activities-were once conducted in secret, the Jewish community of Dnipro, Ukraine celebrated the renovation and reopening of its orphanage for boys on November 11.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ottawa Student Gives Back

More than ten years after he first met the local Chabad representatives, Harley Finkelstein and his wife Lindsay Taub, have decided to give back to the center, donating half a million dollars to purchase a permanent home for the Rohr Chabad Student Network.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Open Hearts, Helping Hands at UMass Amherst

When hackers broke into university printers and distributed anti-Semitic flyers two years ago, the University of Amherst community was shaken by the spike in blatant hatred.

Shterna Karp | News | Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Veteran Torah for Veteran Soldiers

What was once an unused, invalid Torah scroll, dedicated to army veterans, is now fully-restored and being used at a Chabad center serving Jewish uniformed officers. Rather than sitting in disuse, an inspired rabbi from Flatbush found the perfect new home for this Torah just down the road.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Sunday, November 11, 2018

They Come With Hate; We Bring Joy

“When I saw the swastika and the infamous Nazi slogan ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (work sets one free), I was shocked and hurt,” Rabbi Benjy Brackman wrote in an email to his congregants at Chabad of NW Metro Denver.

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, November 9, 2018

Historic Synagogue Rises Once Again, Eighty Years After Destruction

Destroyed by the Nazis, one of Europe’s most impressive Jewish monuments, the New Synagogue of Konigsberg, has now been restored to its former glory.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, November 8, 2018