Weekly Story: How Can I Refuse?

Rabbi Avtzon, a veteran mechanech and the author of numerous books on the Rebbeim and their chassidim presents this weeks story. He is available to farbreng in your community and can be contacted at avtzonbooks@gmail.com.

Rabbis From Small, Far-Flung Jewish Communities Welcomed in Turkey

As the rabbi of the only Ashkenazi synagogue in a country with a mostly Sephardic population in an overwhelmingly Muslim nation, Rabbi Mendy Chitrik doesn’t often get to enjoy a good Yiddish conversation or schmooze about the nuances of a Chassidic teaching. But that’s what happened this week in Istanbul when he and his wife, Chaya, hosted 80 Chabad rabbis and rebbetzins serving remote communities from around the world.

Shul Torched and Vandalized in Israel

A synagogue and cemetery in a central Israeli town were the targets of arson and vandalism Friday, Israel Police said. Fires were set inside a synagogue and cemetery in Bnei Ayish, near Gedera, Friday. Both the synagogue and cemetery were also vandalized, with graffiti spray-painted.