“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.”
In honor of Chof Av, the Hillula of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, a new expansion and beautification of his holy Ohel in Alma Ata (Almaty), Kazakhstan, is being completed.
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.
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.
An interview series giving a glimpse into the personal connections between the Rebbe and Chassidim was recently brought into schools to give students the opportunity to hear them first hand has been recently expanded to Australia.
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.
A capacity crowd turned out at the One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach, FL, on Sunday, June 5th. The theme of this year’s dinner was, “Turning Judaism Outward: It’s about YOU”.
In commemoration of Shabbos Yud-Zayin Tammuz, Yeshiva Torah Ohr of North Miami Beach enjoyed a Shabbaton led by visiting campus shliach Rabbi Odom Stein from Chabad at Stony Brook University, Long Island.
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 new Mikvah opened in Omsk, Siberia last Thursday. This is the first Mikvah to function in the city in over 150 years and its construction was community-funded, with more than 1,000 local residents contributing to the success of the project.
Jews in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, along with their spiritual leader Rabbi Binyomin Wagner, were excited to meet Mr. Zvi Hefetz, the Israeli Ambassador to Russia.
A Federal judge has dismissed the third of three lawsuits filed by neighbors against Chabad of East Boca Raton, FL, which has received permission from the city to begin work on a magnificent new synagogue and community center, under leadership of Rabbi Ruvi New.
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.
This morning, a funeral was held in Paris for Rabbi Shmuel Vlansi, OBM, a longtime member of the Chabad community of Paris, who made Aliyah about fifteen years ago, and passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest during a visit to his hometown in France. He was 70 years old.
Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot featured a profile of a Lubavitcher Chossid who made history in the Israeli Defense Forces. “Meet Segen (Lieutenant) Dr. Shmulik Soklik who is making history,” read the newspaper’s headline this morning.
Chevras Simchas Shabbos V’Yom Tov (CSSY) has announced the ten lucky winners of its grand raffle for cash prizes totalling over $60,000.
Rabbi Shmuel Lezell, along with his siblings and mother, is sitting Shiva after the passing of his father, R’ Chanoch Lezell, OBM, at his home at 1365 Carroll Street [corner Kingston Ave.] Apt. #1C until Sunday morning. Shacharis – 7:30, Mincha … Continued
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.
Students at Ohio State University have become accustomed to seeing a rabbi push a hot-dog cart around campus; in fact, they look forward to it.
A Sicha delivered by the Rebbe exactly 31 years ago, on the 15th of Tammuz, 5745 (1985), was transcribed and translated to English for the first time. In it, the Rebbe has some sharp words for landlords who ‘extort’ large sums of money for rent from their fellow Chasidim.
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.
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.