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WSJ: Rabbi Brings Kosher to Stalin’s ‘Siberian Zion’

There’s only one place in the world where Yiddish is an official language, and that’s the Jewish Autonomous Region in the far reaches of Siberia, Russia. Established by Stalin in the late 1920s, the region was presented as the Communist answer to the Jewish Question. But in the region’s capital of Birobidzhan, The Wall Street Journal reports, the top concern of its 3,000 Jews is kosher food.

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100 Students Celebrate Shabbos Together in NJ

Over 100 Jewish college students from across the Delaware Valley gathered for a one-of-a-kind Shabbat experience in Atlantic City last weekend. The Chabad on Campus Delaware Valley Shabbaton provided a fully immersive Shabbat experience that featured festive meals, beginner’s prayers services, world-renowned teachers and speakers, educational and entertaining workshops, and a musical, candlelit Havdalah service.

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Tuition-Free Day School?

Tirtza Ben David drives two hours a day to take her two young daughters, Moriyah, 4, and Chana, 2, to the Lubavitch Cheder Day School in St. Paul, Minn. It’s a small school, she says, where each child gets personalized attention and the chance to learn in ways that best suit their needs.

Torah Campaign Highlights Rabbi Gordon’s 1st Yahrtzeit

Shabbos Chof-Tes Teves marked the first Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yehoshua Binyomin Gordon OBM. Hundreds turned out in person and thousands more tuned in online live via to participate in a special commemoration event that rounded off an inspirational weekend, which included the participation of Rabbi Gordon’s family, siblings from across the world, Shluchim of the Valley and beyond, and the Los Angeles community at large.

New Orleans Chabad Hosts Shabbos for 1100 Students

At a school where 27 percent of the student body is Jewish, Shabbat is no minor venue. Yet, despite the hundreds of students who show up to weekly dinners, Rabbi Leibel Lipskier decided to raise the bar: Shabbat 1000, a Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center-sponsored event, was held on Feb. 10 on the Newcomb Quadrangle. More than 1100 students were present.

1,500 Jewish Teens on Spiritual Tour de Force in NYC

“How many people can rent out Times Square and have a mad Jewish party there?” asks Koby Lerner, rhetorically. The 16-year-old from San Diego will be one of more than 1,500 other Jewish teens from countries around the world to share in a Havdalah ceremony and spend Saturday night in New York’s iconic neighborhood at Broadway and Seventh Avenue as part of the ninth annual CTeen International Shabbaton, to take place Feb. 24-26. And that’s after a weekend of spirited (and spiritual) celebrations, learning, touring, socializing and more.

Ukrainians Face Daily Artillery ‘Orchestra’ Once Again

They hear Grad missiles when they walk to synagogue on Shabbat, at a Torah class, during a youth club meeting. At night, when they put their children to bed, tucking them in and saying everything will be alright, they hear heavy artillery then, too.

New Shluchim to Argentina

Mar del Plata, located in Argentina’s Buenos Aires Province, is a bustling beach city found on the country’s east coast. With a permanent population of 750,000, and nearly eight times that number of annual tourists, Mar del Plata is the seventh-largest city in Argentina and home to an estimated 5,000 Jews, who now have their own Chabad branch.

Dads Hold the Fort While Wives in New York

Growing up as the child of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries to Skokie, Ill., writer Menachem Posner remembers the weekend in the winter when his mother would go to New York for the annual Kinus Hashluchos. For her, it was a time to catch up with her siblings and parents, trade tips on education and camp administration, and most importantly, to bask in the presence of the Rebbe. But for the kids, it meant one thing: eggs.