Torah Welcomed to Its New Home in Medford

Dozens of people gathered in the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Medford, NJ, this past Sunday to celebrate the completion of a brand new Sefer Torah. It was the first time in history that a Torah had been completed in Medford, a suburb of Philadelphia that has never had a large Jewish presence.

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Minhogim, Gimmel Tamuz Info and Schedules

Shabbos will mark twenty one years since the passing of our dear Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. For the benefit of our readers we have put together Minhogei Yom Hilulah and Mishnayos and the central Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen times in the Extended Article.

Lakein Family Completes Torah in Parents Memory

Hundreds gathered this afternoon to participate in the completion of a brand new Sefer Torah in memory of the Rabbi Shlomo and Miriam Lakein OBM. The new Torah, organized by their children, was completed in their home on Montgomery Street and with lively music it was brought to Darchai Menachem where it will be used.

Maryland Jewish Community Sees Remarkable Growth

Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., is one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States. In 2014 it placed first in Forbes list of America’s most educated small towns and first on CNNMoney’s list of top-earning American towns in 2012. The large local Jewish population of professionals, lobbyists, and academics is highly secularized, and one would expect Chabad’s message of traditional Judaism to be a hard sell in the progressive community.

Picture of the Day: Mashpia Utilizes Stopover in Manchester

A CrownHeights.info reader captured this photo in the Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Machester, UK, yesterday. Renowned Maggid Shiur Rabbi Moshe Wolberg engages in animated conversation with Rabbi Zalman Gopin, Mashpia in the Yeshiva of Kfar Chabad, Israel, who farbernged for the Yeshiva students during a stopover in Manchester en-route to New York for Gimmel Tammuz.