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Artisanal Wine for Passover From a California Wine-Country Rabbi

Before moving to California to take up his post as a Chabad on Campus rabbi, winemaking was the last thing Rabbi Chaim Leib Hilel imagined himself doing. The closest he came to viniculture as a child was watching his grandfather’s annual efforts to eke out a few bottles in his Montreal basement before Passover.

“Education Day” Turns 40 on Rebbe’s 116th Birthday

Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., a day of national commemoration designated by each president since Jimmy Carter in 1978, turns 40 this year. Across the country, the milestone is being marked with events and discussions focused on education. Education Day this year occurs on March 27, 2018, corresponding to the 11th of Nissan on the Jewish calendar, the 116th anniversary of birth of the Rebbe.

Prepping for Passover From Anchorage to Zanzibar

With Passover less than a week away, Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum was on the road Tuesday evening, delivering shmurah matzah to people in his community. Grossbaum, who with his wife, Goldie, co-directs the Chabad Jewish Community Center serving Folsom, El Dorado Hills and the surrounding region in California, will spend some 50 hours getting the round, handmade matzah to area residents before the holiday begins this Friday night, March 30.

Jewish Backpackers Explore Their Heritage in Alaskan Wilds

The air was filled with the excited talk of exploration and the unknown as we prepared to board our flight to Alaska. The group of 21 college students gathered at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport had a distinct mission: to embrace and explore their Jewish heritage and to satisfy a thirst for greater knowledge. Some of these young men had attended the same Jewish school as I had growing up, but said their Judaism lacked inspiration

Following a Rabbi’s Legendary Matzah Trail Through Western Massachusetts

The modest Colonial’s garage doors roll up to reveal hundreds of pounds of handmade shmurah matzah stacked up in cardboard boxes. Rabbi Noach Kosofsky and his son, Rabbi Lavy Kosofsky, haul down a few of the bigger ones and transfer their contents into the trunk of their silver Hyundei Sonata.