Jewish students from around the world joined together this weekend for the annual Chabad on Campus Pegisha in New York City. Organized by Chabad on Campus International, the event is one of the highlights of Jewish campus life. All 1,000 students in attendance, 200 of whom were graduate students, felt inspired, proud, challenged and connected by the Shabbaton.
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Last week, the county’s Jewish residents broke ground on a $4.7 million Jewish community center. The 17,000-square-foot Yakov and Hava Telyas Chabad Jewish Center facility, featuring a synagogue, social hall, library and kosher kitchen, will go up on ten acres of land acquired by Chabad in 2014.
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Rabbi Mendy and Chaya Cohen, and their two young children, are setting up shop in St. George. Located at the southwestern border, St. George is a two-hour drive from the Jewish community of Las Vegas. It’s not a big move for Chaya: the twenty-two year old grew up four hours north in Salt Lake City where her parents, Rabbi Benny and Sharonne Zippel, are Chabad representatives. For Mendy, a Montreal native, the city’s topography and year-round warm weather are a pleasant change.
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Rabbi Mendy and Tzipi Lipskier inaugurated 4,500 square-foot center just in time for Rosh Hashana. “Having a new, beautiful and permanent home gets people excited and lets them know we’re here to stay,” Rabbi Mendy offered in a conversation with Lubavitch International.
The Rohr Chabad center at Dartmouth which has been serving Jewish students on campus since 2003, officially opened the doors of the Hilary Chana Chabad house in a dedication ceremony this Sunday in front of over 100 guests.
A beautiful new shul and community center was dedicated in an impressive and emotional ceremony in the city of Arkhangelsk. In attendance were Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, Rabbis and Shluchim from neighboring cities, District Governor, Mayor, Government representatives and hundreds of Jews, as well as the local media.
An Israeli-born Chabad Rabbi serving as the chief rabbi for the Jewish community in Siberia is facing deportation, after apparently being accused of espionage.
Can Jewish day school education ever be tuition-free? Leah Aizenman analyzed the question. And then she acted. Under her leadership as Chabad representative in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, she and her community developed a model for free Jewish education. Now in its third year the program, called Jewish Education Myrtle Beach, is giving 75 percent of the city’s Jewish children a first-rate, tuition-free Jewish education.
In an urgent letter to Sweden’s government officials, Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar expressed “grave concern” for the wellbeing of Sweden’s Chabad emissaries, Rabbi Alexander and Leah Namdar, and their family.
In a letter dated 20 Iyar 5720, the Rebbe put special attention on Jewish teens, even adding that in general youth responds more readily to youth. “They have special qualities of untapped reserves of energy and enthusiasm.” Today, the Rebbes words continue to ring true, as CTeen continues to climb the ladder of international and global change at the hands of its teen leaders.
While tens of thousands were busying themselves with storm prep or heading out of town to escape the worst of Hurricane Michael—now approaching the Florida Panhandle as Category 4 storm with sustained winds topping 130 mph—Rabbi Mendel and Nechama Danow were just moving into their new home in Pensacola, where they will serve as Chabad emissaries.
The international Torah competition known as JewQ has already received over 600 registrations from students in over 60 locations. Hebrew School children from around the globe — including Monaco, Canada, Denmark, Washington, D.C., and more — have enrolled to be part of the new Jewish learning competition run by CKids.
With its narrow cobblestone alleys and boutique shops, Manhattan’s West Village is known for its colorful, artistic residents and the alternative culture they propagated. Now the West Village will be home to a new Chabad center, headed and co-directed by Rabbi Berel and Chana Gurevitch, working under the auspices of Tzeirei Agudas Chabad.
When newly ordained Rabbi Mendel Sasonkin moved to northeastern Ohio in 1989, he knew just a smattering of English. But with a broad smile and an open heart, he was ready and willing to serve the Jewish communities in Canton and Akron, cities south of Cleveland.
“We were a bedraggled group,” said Fred Myers, a longtime congregant of Chabad of Wilmington, N.C. “But as the day went on, our energy grew.”
He was in the middle of a hurricane, but Jonah Kaplan felt blessed. The two-time Emmy-nominated reporter’s coverage of Hurricane Florence brought him to Myrtle Beach, S.C., 180 miles from his home in Raleigh, N.C. He arrived at a city under mandatory evacuation, with businesses shuttered and homes abandoned. Searching for kosher food in a ghost town, Jonah contacted Chabad of Myrtle Beach.
The Hungarian government announced last week that the ownership and management of the new Holocaust museum, scheduled to open in Budapest next year, will be transferred to EMIH – Hungarian Jewish Federation in Hungary, affiliated with Chabad.
Today, Sunday 22 Elul – September 2 – at 8pm EDT Chabad of California will be hosting its 38th annual L’Chaim-ToLife! Telethon. This annual Telethon is one of the most watched Jewish event of the year with hundreds of thousands of Jews tuning in from across the country and even many more across the world watching it live on www.tolife.com
Daniel Leybengrub, a 10th grader at Bard Public High School in NYC, has a new perspective with which to greet the high holidays. “My son has become much stronger spiritually,” shared Lona Leybengrub, Daniel’s mother. “He talks a lot more about the Jewish customs and traditions and is looking forward to this year’s high holidays. He feels the trip has made him a better person overall with new understandings about Judaism, people and the entire world.”
It’s a long way from Sweden’s cold winters where Rabbi Berel Namdar grew up. He and his wife Tzivia, originally from Tennessee, are moving to Singer Island, Florida, where they will be opening Chabad of Singer Island, the 18th center in the Palm Beach area. The couple was recruited by Rabbis Yosef Biston and Avraham Korf, of Chabad’s Florida headquarters, to serve the larger communities of Singer Island, Riviera Beach, Lake Park, Juno Beach and its environs.
Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries throughout Houston gave the gift of exhaustive material and spiritual sustenance to fellow victims of America’s second most costly tropical storm, Hurricane Harvey, last year. Upon the anniversary of the monumental disaster as the city continues to reflect on and dig out from the nightmarish catastrophe, another gift has been proffered: A new Chabad center in one of the hard hit locales.
The latest public campaign to ban circumcision in Denmark fell apart earlier this month after the nation’s ruling party stated its qualified opposition to the measure. Yet, Jews in Denmark—as well as in many other nations in Europe and around the world—are continuing to face high hurdles to maintain the legality of the 4,000-year-old religious practice that is a cornerstone of Judaism.