Playing and Praying in Playa del Carmen

by Jeanette Friedman –

Rabbi Mendel and Chaya Goldberg recently established the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Center in Playa del Carmen, a tropical paradise south of Cancun, Mexico.

About an hour south of Cancun and an hour north of Tulum, Mexico – smack in the middle of the Riviera Maya – sits the scuba-diving haven of Playa del Carmen. With an infusion of capital and visitors, the once-sleepy fishing village is undergoing a rapid transformation into a tourist’s paradise.

New Shluchim to Florida!

Rabbi Shmuly and his wife Shaina Feldman of Crown Heights will IYH be moving on Shlichus to Clay County, FL where they will launch a new Chabad House serving the needs of the local Jewish population.

Leading Moroccan Educator Passes Away at 86

by Dovid Zaklikowski –

The Chabad-Lubavitch run Jewish girls high school in Casablanca drew students from across Morocco under the leadership of Pessy Matusof, who passed away Oct. 11 at the age of 86. Inset: Pessy Matusof.

Pessy Matusof, a longtime Chabad-Lubavitch emissary who as director of the Jewish girls high school in Casablanca influenced the educational and spiritual development of thousands of Moroccans, passed away Oct. 11 at the age of 86.

Lay Leadership to Impress

Designed to further the camaraderie that exists between shluchim and their supporters, the Lay Leadership Conference of the International Kinus Hashluchim will open on Sunday, November 7th with a focus on “Partnering with the Growth of Chabad”.

Speaking of God, as Souls Hurry By

The graffiti has been replaced by advertising. The tokens have been replaced by MetroCards. But the subway preachers are a constant. They were there before I was born and will likely be there after I die — unless, of course, their occasional prophecy of the exact date that the world will end turns out to be accurate.

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