A Birthright trip to Israel for individuals with special needs? The logistical hurdles make it seem too daunting a responsibility to tackle. But one local Friendship Circle took up the gauntlet, and a dream materialized, giving a special demographic their long overdue birthright.
The Chabad center in Munich, Germany, seems like thousands of others in 100 countries and territories around the globe. Located in the center of town, it is the site of busy Jewish activity—prayers, holiday celebrations, Torah classes—from morning until evening. What sets it apart is that it sits directly across the street from the nine-room luxury apartment at Prinzregentenplatz 16, which became home to Adolf Hitler in 1929.
Shortly after he heard the news that an Amtrak train had derailed on Monday morning in DuPont, Wash., Rabbi Yosef Schtroks, who co-directs Chabad of Olympia in Tumwater, Wash., headed for a nearby hospital where the injured were taken. “Realizing that this took place in my own backyard, that there are people suffering a terrible tragedy, my instinct was: ‘What can I do to help? How can I be supportive?’ ”
For the 29th time, thousands of Jews gathered to participate in a public menorah lighting in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Thousands more participated through the “Chanukah Live” broadcast, which tied together public Menorah lightings from Israel and New York.
Public menorahs are in the process of being lit all over the world as part of the Chabad-Lubavitch Chanukah campaign in more than 100 countries and territories, including all 50 U.S. states. Some 15,000 oversized menorahs will be kindled in front of landmarks such as the White House, Mount Rushmore, the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate and the Kremlin.
The Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berl Lazar, made a very unusual visit today. He went to the Butirsky Prison in the center of Moscow in order to strengthen and encourage the Jewish prisoners who are serving time there amongst the three thousand prisoners of various backgrounds.
Monroe residents celebrated the first night of Chanukah with a large celebration featuring the state’s largest menorah.
Last night (Tuesday), the Polish Sejm (Parliament) hosted two back-to-back festivities: The swearing-in of its new Prime Minister, Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki, and a candle-lighting ceremony in honor of the first night of Chanukah.
You know them when you see them, and when you see them, you know it’s Chanukah. The car menorah is a uniquely American innovation—a marketing gimmick created by young yeshivah students in the early 1970s as a way to spread awareness and the message of the eight-day Jewish holiday. Today, they can be found across the globe and on all kinds of vehicles.
While law enforcement agents were searching the Kensington, Brooklyn, home of Akayed Ullah, the would-be suicide attacker who had detonated a pipe bomb in a Manhattan subway on Monday, Rabbi Yisrolik Langsam, who heads a Chabad outpost in the area with his wife Mushkie, arrived at the scene to pass out donuts and Chanukah menorahs and wrap tefillin with Jewish people present — from law enforcement, the media and passersby.
Hundreds gathered for a festive Yud-Tes Kislev farbrengen in the Chabad House of the Georgetown neighborhood of Brooklyn, headed by the local shliach, Rabbi Avraham Holtzberg. Following Chabad tradition, the participants were invited to partake of a festive meal in honor of the occasion.
On Rosh Hashanah this year, Vicki O’Neill Haber stepped out of synagogue services in Denver because her 9-year-old son, Max, needed to take a break. Outside the sanctuary, she saw someone who looked familiar. A woman named Rachel had also left services because she had received a long-awaited call from a hospital, and it was a matter of life and death.
A group of men and women who have studied Tanya together in Vancouver, Canada, will celebrate their achievements at a program that also marks Yud Tes Kislev, the 19th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, also known as “The New Year of Chassidism.”
An extensive recruitment process culminated in a formal Attesting Ceremony held Wednesday 29 November at the Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Centre in Toronto, when Rabbi Dr. Noteh Glogauer officially became a Chaplain, with the rank of Captain, in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
A day after graffiti calling for “Death to Kikes” appeared on the wall of the Hesed Shpira Jewish social services building in Uzhgorod, western Ukraine, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Mendy Wilhelm awoke to find a threatening anti-Semitic slur spray painted onto the wall of his synagogue and Jewish community center in the same city.
Rabbi Levi and Rochie Perelmuter have embarked on a new Shlichus, to serve in the existing Chabad Center the ‘Shul by the Shore’ in Long Beach, CA, where they will focus on youth outreach.
“This is incredible!” “Now I can see my grandkids.” “Shopping will be so much easier for me now.” “Please don’t leave, can you teach more?” These were just some of the comments the senior citizens made during Lake Success Chabad’s new Cyber Seniors program.
Chabad on Campus has joined forces with Hillel International, the Jewish Federation, and the AEPi fraternity – all groups serving Jewish college students – to coordinate on security for Jewish students and faculty members in light of rising Anti-Semitism on Campus.
About 70 Volgograd Jews, from school children to Holocaust survivors, took part in a memorial trip organized by city’s Jewish community to two villages, whose Jewish residents were murdered in 1942. Volgograd is a city in southwest Russia, where the Battle of Stalingrad took place in 1942-1943, which changed the course of the war.
Nine years ago this week, terrorists stormed the Nariman Chabad House in Mumbai. Members of the Islamic terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba held Chabad representatives Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg and four of their guests hostage, before brutally murdering them. Two-year-old Moshe Holtzberg was saved by his nanny. The 2008 terrorist attacks left 166 people in Mumbai dead in a four-day coordinated attack.
Rabbi Danny Cohen of Chabad in Chevron opens up about his personal journey and what inspires him in Chevron today.
A new kosher restaurant just opened in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the first of its kind on the Baja California Peninsula.