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Bar Mitzvah at Age 70 on Top of the Rockies

It was a cloudless day on Monday in Telluride, Colo., a small Western town high in the Rocky Mountains filled with forests and rivers. Telluride is full of tourists this time of year. “As I passed the busy town park, I saw two young men in the crowd. Their appearance was very distinctive, and I immediately recognized them as Jewish men.”

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97-Year-Old in Wyoming Wraps Tefillin for the First Time

Edmond Gerald Meyer turned 13 in 1933 in Albuquerque, N.M., where his mother’s German-Jewish family had settled during the Civil War and founded a successful business that spanned the territory (as it was then known). Although the family occasionally attended synagogue services, “E.G.,” as he was called, never went to Hebrew school and cannot remember celebrating his bar mitzvah. That is, until this week.

Young Rabbinical Students Visit Montana Jews

Who knows when someone might need a spiritual lift? Rabbinical students Leibel Kaplan, 19, and JJ Polter, 20, found themselves in a check-out line at the Great Falls Walmart the other day when a man in line with them spoke up.

110 Bochurim Bring Energy to Remote Locations

Forty-two shluchim in remote and isolated cities throughout North America received the ultimate gift this Shavuos as 110 bochurim trekked to remote locations, to bring chayus and chizuk to these special shluchim, their families, and communities. The bochurim assisted with minyanim, led farbrengens, and created anticipation and excitement for the holiday.

622 Bochurim Prepare to Host Thousands for Seder

Hatomim Naftali Hertz Pawzner and his chavrusa Hatomim Menachem Sassonkin arrived last weekend in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland and the northernmost capital of the world, to prepare for the public seder they will hosting for the Jewish residents of the city as well as for the Jewish tourists. This pair is one of 310 additional chavrusas who arrived in hundreds of locations around the world in order to prepare for the public Sedorim, as part of Merkos Shlichus program.

Printing Tanyas in Jamaica, and Everywhere Else Jews Live

Waves crashed on the shore and palms trees swayed in the wind as the Jamaican sun baked down on two rabbinical students standing in dress pants and starched white shirts. They were fiddling with a portable printer, with neat stacks of paper meant be bound into Tanyas, the slim but significant volume penned by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the first Rebbe of Chabad.

Over 300 Cities to Host Merkos Shluchim this Pesach

A passerby may have assumed a major farbrengen was going on as Rabbi Menachem Posner demonstrated the power of a niggun. At the Yom Iyun for Bochurim departing on Merkos Shlichus for Pesach, Rabbi Posner encouraged bochurim to use the niggun as a tool to help open bring warmth and camaraderie to a crowd of strangers. “If I could get 200 bochurim to sing along with me now, you could certainly get your guests to join in the singing. Make sure to use this tool!”