As California Wildfires Rage, Close Calls for Many

“You see it. You smell it. Anywhere you drive around the city, you see the fire in the mountains,” said Rabbi Choni Marozov, co-director of Chabad of S. Clarita Valley in Southern California with his wife, Frumi. “This was definitely the worst we have seen. There have been other fires similar distances away, but they usually last a day, a day-and-a-half; this one has lasted much longer. Plus, the winds keep changing direction, so it would move away a bit and then come back.”

Rabbi and 90-Year-Old Patient Share a Milestone

Yankees fans were ecstatic. Lefty Gomez and Joe DiMaggio had just helped their team sweep the Cincinnati Reds to win the 1939 World Series. In Newark, N.J., 12 year-old Bill Shank was happily anticipating his forthcoming bar mitzvah. Studying with the cantor at B’nei Abraham Synagogue, he was almost ready for his big day.

Chabad Shows Appreciation for Local Law Enforcement

Despite the intense heat, citizens from across the Conejo Valley in California gathered outside the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in Calabasas Tuesday afternoon to show their support for local law enforcement. The event was organized by Rabbi Moshe Bryski, executive director of the Chabad of the Conejo, who was touched by a Facebook post he read by one of the officers slain in the recent shooting incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Judge Rules Against Merkos on Logo Infringement

On Monday, a Federal Judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, led by Rabbi Yehudah Krinsky, against Vaad L’Hafotzas Sichos, led by Rabbi Zalman Chanin, seeking injunctive relief for the Vaad’s unauthorized use of the Kehot logo on volumes of Likutei Sichos and other publications.

Missionaries on the Prowl in the Holy Land

Amitai Schiff had PTSD. The IDF officer in an elite surveillance unit, was operating in Gaza in 2003. One day, after arming soldiers with maps, he watched them enter their armored personnel vehicles and drive off on a routine mission. As he watched them on the grainy screen, the two vehicles hit an IED [roadside bomb]. Thirteen comrades, including a dear childhood friend, were murdered.

A L’Chaim, a Yahrtzeit and a Set of New Parents

by Yochonon Donn - Hamodia

A story which began some thirty years ago with a bottle of wine from the Rebbe, followed by a goodbye party last year in Belgium, came full circle last week on Gimmel Tammuz in basement Shul in Boro Park.

New Shluchim to Long Island

Rabbi Eli Laufer and his wife Musia (nee Marlow) will be moving on Shlichus to Dix Hills, NY, where they will be enhancing the outreach activities of The Chai Center, under the leadership of Rabbi Yakov Saacks.

Chabad.org Wins 3 First-Place Awards

The American Jewish Press Association has announced the winners in its annual Simon Rockower Awards Competition for Excellence in Jewish Journalism for work published in 2015. Chabad.org has earned three top awards, including first place to the organization as a whole for a myriad of platforms and media.

Chabad in Russia Welcomes ‘Pokemon Go’ Players

As the ‘Pokemon Go’ phenomenon grows, some institutions connected to European Jewry’s darkest hour – such as concentration camps and Holocaust museums – have taken precautions against it, citing the need to respect the memory of the dead. But in Russia, one Jewish institution with a troubled past is taking the opposite approach.