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Moshe Holtzberg Returns to Mumbai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited the preteen to visit Mumbai when he was in Israel this past July. In an emotional meeting in a Tel Aviv hotel, the two embraced warmly. “I love you and your people in India,” Holtzberg told the prime minister, sharing his dream of returning to his birthplace. He vowed to continue what his parents had begun. “I will be the director of our Chabad House,” the adolescent promised.

Dvora Lakein | News | Tuesday, January 16, 2018

When Swiping Left Falls Short

What does the world at large have to learn from Chasidic dating? That is the question Evan Beloff and Oscar-winning producer Frederic Bohbot, two young, secular, Jewish filmmakers from Montreal, set out to answer with their documentary “Kosher Love.” In under forty-five minutes, the audience is introduced to a happily-married couple who met through a matchmaker, a Jewish hip-hop artist looking for a lifetime companion, and Yisroel Bernath, who’s been called “The Love Rabbi” by Montreal Gazette.

Chava Lieba Witkes | News | Monday, January 15, 2018

Pilgrimage to Historic Landmark in Ukraine

The early 90’s brought the fall of communism and the refurbishing of Judaism’s iconic sites in Eastern Ukraine. One of these is the small town and resting place of Chabad’s founder, Rabbi Shneur Zalman, famously known for authoring “Tanya” and the “Code of Jewish Law."

Mendel Levin | News | Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Book Review: Teaching The Teachers

If secular models of education have seen the teacher move from being the sage on the stage to the guide on the side to the peer in the rear, the Jewish model is one in which our teachers remain always present, their words of guidance and encouragement echoing on our ears and steadying our course even years after we have gone off on our own.

Chana Silberstein | News | Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Compact Study Routine

On a recent flight somewhere over the Rocky Mountains, Doug Revere pulled out his trusty Chayenu, a weekly compilation of Torah lessons and thoughts. When he noticed his acquaintance’s interest, he passed the publication over the armrest. Then he pulled out a second copy for himself.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, January 4, 2018

It Takes A (Jewish) Village

In a place where the Chanukah aisle at Target is tiny, like the kosher aisle in the local supermarket, Jewish parenting means being proactive. “Here in Portland, we constantly have to analyze and ask ourselves, ‘If it’s so hard, why am I doing it? Does Judaism really matter to me?’” It’s a question that many Jewish parents ask, and one that has brought three leading Jewish organizations together to help parents explore.

Chava Leiba Witkes | News | Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Chabad Tanya And The Nigerian Flag

Rabbinical students in Nigeria created a makeshift publishing house earlier this year, transporting paper and printers across six cities in the western African country. Often they flew from city to city. Sometimes a pickup truck was their method of transport.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, January 1, 2018

Everyone’s Birthright

Dvora Lakein | News | Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Critical Thinking Meets Chanukah Fun

STEM is a new-age curriculum designed to engage children in science, technology, engineering and math. This Chanukah, it was integrated in children’s programming at Chabad centers around the world.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Helping Seniors Get Cyber-Savvy

The Cyber-Seniors program began in 2009, when two teenage sisters noticed how much technology had improved their grandparents’ lives, allowing them to keep in closer touch with their children and grandchildren. The sisters developed a training manual and recruited their friends to visit nursing homes, where they taught seniors how to use email, Facebook, and YouTube.

Sarah Ogince | News | Monday, December 18, 2017

Chanukah Lights at the Polish Parliament

Poland’s new Prime Minister was sworn in Tuesday evening, December 12, as Chabad kindled the first light of Chanukah, in the Polish Sejm (Parliament), where the two events were hosted back-to-back.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Home Depot Partners With Chabad For Inclusive Chanukah Experience

You wouldn't think that Home Depot's aisles of plumbing supplies and construction materials would be an attractive Chanukah hang-out for Jewish families. In fact, Jewish comedian Modi quips that Home Depot is Latin for “Jews you have no business shopping in this store."

Frayda Kaplan | News | Tuesday, December 12, 2017

From Imprisonment To Freedom

It’s a 219 year old celebration. And it happens all over the world. The 19th of Kislev, beginning at sunset on Wednesday evening and lasting through Thursday, Dec. 7, 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 | Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Chabad Mumbai: Remembering, Rebuilding

Nine years ago this week, terrorists stormed the Nariman Chabad House in Mumbai. Members of the Islamic terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba held Chabad representatives Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg and four of their guests hostage, before brutally murdering them. Two-year-old Moshe Holtzberg was saved by his nanny.

Shaindle Fogelman | News | Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thinking About Giving Thanks

What are you thankful for? At the 6th annual International TGIS Shabbaton, the hundreds of teenagers who participated said they’re thankful for Shabbat. High school students who participated locally in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Manchester in the UK, united in their regions for a phone-free 25-hours.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, November 23, 2017

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 22, 2017

Chabad To Open in Uganda

30th Annual Conference Ends

Staff Writer | News | Monday, November 20, 2017

Book Review: My Story

My Story: Forty-one individuals share their personal encounters with the Rebbe, Published by Jewish Educational Media

Miri Birk | News | Wednesday, November 15, 2017

From Air Force to Arizona Emissary

If I ever had any doubt that events in my life are divinely ordained, that certainly is a tapestry showing that I am, now, exactly where I'm supposed to be.

Mushkie Engel | News | Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jewish Students' Shabbat in NY

More than 1,200 students from 120 universities from around the world converged on Crown Heights last weekend for the annual Chabad on Campus Pegisha.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, November 9, 2017

Oh, Barcelona!

In a country where religion is often met with skepticism, and where being a tiny minority makes Jewish life “not easy,” this is remarkable, observes Axel Santilo a local businessman who has been involved with Chabad for many years. “We are up against a lot of prejudices.” Anti-Semitism. And ignorance. There are a lot of people who just don’t know. “People are always asking me, ‘What is a Jew? What is kosher?”

Baila Olidort | News | Tuesday, November 7, 2017

IL Governor Rauner Joins Chabad Emissaries in Prayer at Western Wall

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was joined by Rabbi Avraham Kagan of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois on a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem Tuesday night.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wordsmith: Tamim

The tamim is unflappable. He does not sway with the winds of change, nor bend to meet the expectations of others. He is a simple and straightforward person. What you see is what you get.

Shmuel Loebenstein | News | Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Keeping That Daily Appointment with G-d

What these books will do is give you the roadmap to find your own “Mezherich” so that you too can learn how to daven.

Chana Silberstein | News | Thursday, October 26, 2017

Israeli Minorities Find A Platform at Stanford University Chabad

Less than twenty-four hours before it was due to begin, an event scheduled to take place at Stanford University’s Hillel facility earlier this week was abruptly cancelled.

Ruthy Procaccia | News | Friday, October 20, 2017