Chabad Puts Down Roots in Laid-Back Jamaica

Times of Israel

Most people go to Jamaica to relax, but Rabbi Yaakov Raskin and his wife Mushkee aren’t there to take it easy. As the first-ever permanent Chabad emissaries to the island nation famous for rum, reggae, and runners, they have been hard at work since last fall, serving the Jews who live and vacation there.

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252 Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos Finalists Announced

Hundreds of children have taken two qualifying tests to gain entry into the grand international Chidon Shabbaton. Coordinators in each school have marked the tests that will determine who is eligible to join. The 252 finalists, who have scored highest in their grades, will compete in the Chidon championships, taking place on May 31.

Shliach Works to Help Residents in Flooded Houston

“The sky fell down”—that’s how Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff of Chabad Uptown in Houston describes what happened overnight when an intense rainstorm left much of the Houston metropolitan area submerged. Three people are believed to have died, nearly 1,000 cars have been stranded on freeways and in other areas, and people are continuing to leave the city, if they can.

‘Eurostars’ Program Shines, Seen in the Effect on Russian Youth Visiting Europe

Gliding down the Seine under a soft drizzle, the lone flame of the traditional Havdalah candle seemed to illuminate not just the boat, but the entire “City of Light.” Havdalah is the ceremony marking the end of Shabbat, and for the 500 young Jewish participants who traveled together to Paris, Berlin and the grounds of Auschwitz in Poland as part of Chabad-Lubavitch in Russia’s “Eurostars” program, the burning torch’s symbolism was apt.

Hundreds Rally After Pork Dumped at Holocaust Memorial

Hundreds gathered for a rally Friday morning at Pride of Lynn Cemetery, where a Holocaust memorial was discovered desecrated with pieces of raw pork earlier this week. “We stand united against all forms of evil,” said Rabbi Yossi Lipsker of Chabad Lubavitch of the North Shore, who organized the ceremony reconsecrating the memorial. “We gather here, Jews, Christians, Muslims, and people of all faiths.”