Russian Jewish Pupils Compete in ‘Olympics’

An exciting extra-curricular academic challenge was launched in Jewish schools across the Former Soviet Union – the first round of Darkeinu “Olympics” 2017, an annual contest determining the champions of Jewish studies in the region. The contest, which includes three rounds and participation prizes, aims to stimulate interest in the subject and raise its prestige in countries traditionally bent on academic excellence. 2,000 pupils entered the first stage.

Op-Ed: We Need Affordable Housing

It’s time for the Crown Heights community to have a serious conversation about housing reform, says one community member in this op-ed submitted to

Jewish Federation Awards North Carolina Shluchim

Rabbi Zalman Bluming is a man on a mission. For the past 15 years, the energetic rabbi and his wife Yehudis have welcomed students to the Rohr Chabad at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Duke University. They have housed and fed hundreds of patients and their families at Beit Chanoch, the House of Healing at Duke Medical Center. In between semesters filled with classes and rousing Shabbat meals, the rabbi leads Israelinks trips for an international roster of college students. The two also direct a thriving community for the families and researchers who call this small North Carolina city home.

New York City Police to Wear Body Cameras

New York City and its largest police union settled on a tentative five-year labor contract on Tuesday that includes salary increases while also agreeing that all patrol officers will wear body cameras by the end of 2019.

Jewish Student Shabbaton Largest in Canada

Hundreds of Jewish college students from across Canada gathered for a one-of-a-kind Shabbat experience in Niagara on the weekend of January 27th-29th. The Chabad on Campus Canada Shabbaton provided a fully immersive Shabbat that featured world-renowned teachers and speakers, educational and entertaining workshops, a mega Shabbat dinner, and a musical, candle-lit Havdalah service at Niagara Falls.

Trump Names Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Pick

President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Neil Gorsuch for a lifetime job on the U.S. Supreme Court, picking the 49-year-old federal appeals court judge to restore the court’s conservative majority and help shape rulings on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control, the death penalty and religious rights.