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A Special Man Brings Life and Spirit to Montreal Congregation

It’s Rosh Hashanah. The main sanctuary of the MTC (Montreal Torah Center) is packed with more than 1,500 men, women and children. Suddenly, a voice rings out: It’s Ariel Mechaly calling out the page numbers. An adult with Down syndrome, Mechaly has been a beloved and valued member of the shul—in an upscale suburb of Montreal—since a year after his bar mitzvah.

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Plans Underway to Care for 1,000+ Tishrei Guests

The director of the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim Ha’olami, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Altein, met recently with three Askanim who have taken upon themselves a large share of the financial burden of caring for over 1,000 guests who will be arriving from all over the world to spend Tishrei in Crown Heights.

6 Indicted for Welfare Fraud in Williamsburg

Federal criminal charges were filed today against six Chasidic Jews in Williamsburg for participating in long-running schemes to hide substantial assets and income obtained from significant business and real estate interests in order to attain government benefits designed for low-income individuals.

Man Convicted in Murder of Menachem Stark, HYD

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that a 29-year-old Crown Heights man has been convicted for his participation in the kidnapping and murder of Menachem Stark, 39, on January 2, 2014.

Video: Repentance and Blessing

Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz, director of Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida, delivers his insights on this week’s Parsha – Nitzavim. This week Rabbi Minkowicz answers the question: How do we know that we will repent and be blessed?

For a Special Set of Students, Jewish Learning Comes to Life

For most Jewish children, learning about the High Holidays is a natural component of their education; preparing for this special time of year has long been a traditional part of day schools and Sunday-school programs throughout the world. But for children with special needs and their families, like most aspects of their lives, the holiday season is not so simple.