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Some 2,000 spiritually nourishing titles are drawing families from around the city.
08/26/2021
A Jewish Library Changes the Beat in the Heart of Los Angeles - 2,000 spiritually nourishing titles draw families from around the city

Some 2,000 spiritually nourishing titles are drawing families from around the city.

The streets of Los Angeles are awash with waves of images and messaging containing everything under the sun, all of it in glittering Technicolor. The lights and action with which even the most debauched offerings are presented can present a challenge for anyone, but is especially difficult for paren...

A wide-ranging interview with the educator, rabbi and judge reveals personal stories, history and inspiration when it co...
08/23/2021
Meet Australia’s Newest Supreme Court Justice, Rabbi Marcus Solomon - Educator, rabbi and judge speaks to Chabad.org in a wide-ranging interview

A wide-ranging interview with the educator, rabbi and judge reveals personal stories, history and inspiration when it comes to the law.

Fifty-eight-year-old Rabbi Justice Marcus Solomon is a graduate of Chabad-Lubavitch yeshivahs in Australia, Israel and America. He was ordained as a rabbi before going on to study law in his native Australia.

On the 30th anniversary of the riots, how Crown Heights survived to remain a thriving Jewish neighborhood.
08/19/2021
Jews Don’t Run: The Rebbe and Lessons From Crown Heights - On the 30th anniversary of the riots, how Crown Heights survived to remain a thriving Jewish neighborhood

On the 30th anniversary of the riots, how Crown Heights survived to remain a thriving Jewish neighborhood.

The Crown Heights Riot took place 30 years ago this month. The event, three days of unrestrained anti-Semitic violence, resulted in the stabbing murder of one Jew, Yankel Rosenbaum, the death by su***de of an elderly Holocaust survivor, and, in the words of historian Edward Shapiro, “the most seri...

The first mitzvah campaign to bring Judaism to the individual.
08/17/2021
A Short History of Bringing Shofar to the Streets - The first mitzvah campaign to bring Judaism to the individual, wherever he or she was

The first mitzvah campaign to bring Judaism to the individual.

For as long as anyone can remember, the symbol of the High Holidays has been the shofar, the ancient curved instrument used to inaugurate the Jewish New Year. The shofar, most often hewn out of a ram’s horn—although it can be made out of the horns of most kosher animals—is traditionally trumpe...

With Covid safety on everyone's minds, many helped during pandemic say they have found a new Jewish home.
08/17/2021
Many New Faces Expected at Chabad Services This Rosh Hashanah - With Covid safety top of mind, many helped during pandemic say they have found a new Jewish home

With Covid safety on everyone's minds, many helped during pandemic say they have found a new Jewish home.

While still in the midst of a year-and-a-half of assistance that has continued unabated through Covid-19lockdowns, panic-induced scarcity, health challenges and the ongoing need to comfort the loved one of those who have passed, Chabad centers around the world are gearing up to welcome many new face...

Istanbul’s Rabbi Mendy Chitrik tweets his three-week trek across centuries of Jewish life.
08/16/2021
An Ottoman Odyssey: A Rabbi Rediscovers Turkey’s Jews, Past and Present - Istanbul’s Rabbi Mendy Chitrik tweets his three-week trek across centuries of Jewish life

Istanbul’s Rabbi Mendy Chitrik tweets his three-week trek across centuries of Jewish life.

Sometime between the first and second centuries, a discussion was brewing in ancient Israel among the rabbis of the Mishnah. The burden of history and future lay on their shoulders; millennia of Jewish tradition would be based on their word. On this day, the scholars were debating Shabbat candles. ....

Sgt. Sean Nissim Carmeli is memorialized seven years after being killed in Israel's 2014 summer war with Hamas in Gaza.
08/11/2021
First-Ever Mikvah in McAllen, Texas, Dedicated to Local IDF Hero - Young man memorialized seven years after being killed in Gaza war

Sgt. Sean Nissim Carmeli is memorialized seven years after being killed in Israel's 2014 summer war with Hamas in Gaza.

Tucked away on the shores of the Rio Grande near the southernmost tip of the U.S.-Mexico border, McAllen, Texas, has had a Jewish presence for more than 100 years with a small but active Jewish population. But a mikvah, the cornerstone of Jewish family life, was never built there.

The beautiful (and very important) custom of checking tefillin and mezuzahs in the month of Elul.
08/10/2021
For Practitioners of This Ancient and Holy Art, It's the Busiest Month of the Year - The beautiful and important custom of checking tefillin and mezuzahs in Elul

The beautiful (and very important) custom of checking tefillin and mezuzahs in the month of Elul.

In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to get caught up in minutiae and marvel at how time passes much too quickly. But one of the beautiful things of the month of Elul is to consciously use time for reflection, introspection and preparation in advance of the “Days of Awe” between Rosh Ha...

The director of Chabad of Hanover is cited for work with her late husband, Rabbi Binyamin Wolff.
08/06/2021
Chabad Emissary Shterna Wolff Named ‘Person of the Week’ in Germany - Director of Chabad of Hanover cited for work with her late husband, Rabbi Binyamin Wolff

The director of Chabad of Hanover is cited for work with her late husband, Rabbi Binyamin Wolff.

It was on a bright summer morning when Shterna Wolff, director of Chabad of Hanover, was approached by an influential German magazine about the possibility of being featured as its “Person of the Week.” At first, she thought it was some kind of a hoax.

Sandra Paul seeks to share her profound life-changing experience with others.
08/05/2021
A Young Woman’s Journey From California College Student to Chabad Emissary - Sandra Paul seeks to share her profound life-changing experience with others

Sandra Paul seeks to share her profound life-changing experience with others.

Sandra Bram’s first encounter with Chabad was typical of many college students. On a breezy California afternoon in the fall of 2009, clad in jeans and a T-shirt, she first met Rabbi Chaim Shaul Brook on the campus of California State University of Northridge. A college campus was the last place s...

Thousands of men, women and children celebrate at the Western Wall.
07/29/2021
Seventh Children’s Sefer Torah Completed Forty Years After First - Thousands celebrate at the Kotel (Western Wall)

Thousands of men, women and children celebrate at the Western Wall.

JERUSALEM—His brow furrowed and eyes blazing with fierce determination, 9-year-old Chaim Katz—an artful dodger in yarmulke, peyot and tzitzit—slipped under the security cordon surrounding the steadily moving chuppah in the Western Wall Plaza, squeezed by a gaggle of backward-walking cameramen ...

He was a servant of G-d on a lifelong search for truth.
07/26/2021
Rabbi Mendel Aronow, 93, Authentic Chassid Who Illustrated ‘Fear of Heaven’ - A servant of G-d on a lifelong search for truth

He was a servant of G-d on a lifelong search for truth.

It was late one Purim afternoon when Rabbi Mendel Aronow made his appearance at a farbrengen gathering in Toronto’s Chabad-Lubavitch yeshivah. Joining the students’ Purim festivities—the yeshivah was located just across the street from his home—he told them that later in the evening, he woul...

From her Chicago home, she lavished love and attention to all those who crossed her path.
07/26/2021
Faigy Bassman, 63, Joyful Mentor and Tireless Jewish Advocate - From her Chicago home, she lavished love and attention to all those who crossed her path

From her Chicago home, she lavished love and attention to all those who crossed her path.

They say you can tell a person’s personality from their couch. Faigy Bassman’s couches feature fluffy cushions with large floral designs on a light background, drenched in sunlight from the largest bay window I have ever seen, and are clearly well-used. Peeking out from behind, one can see a cou...

A Chabad-run Jewish high school for girls was named the best school in all of Berlin by the city’s department of educati...
07/26/2021
What’s the Top School in Berlin? The Chabad High School for Girls! - Students receive best scores in year-end testing

A Chabad-run Jewish high school for girls was named the best school in all of Berlin by the city’s department of education after its students received top scores on end-of-year state testing.

A Chabad-run Jewish high school for girls was named the best school in all of Berlin by the city’s department of education after its students received top scores on end-of-year state testing despite coronavirus pandemic shutdowns.

Chabad in South Africa airlifts food and provides comfort on the ground to terrified communities.
07/23/2021
In Idyllic South Africa Beach Town, a Dystopian Nightmare of Rioting and Covid - Chabad in South Africa airlifts food and provides comfort on the ground to terrified communitie

Chabad in South Africa airlifts food and provides comfort on the ground to terrified communities.

JOHANNESBURG—Umhlanga is a small, idyllic beach town in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. For its residents, Umhlanga is home, where the everyday hustle and bustle of life takes place. But for a few weeks during the July winter holiday, hundreds of people from all over the country come to e...

Rabbi Sholom Noginski says conquering darkness with light is “the only way forward.”
07/23/2021
Boston Rabbi in Anti-Semitic Stabbing Responds: ‘I’ll Train Eight New Rabbis’ - Rabbi Sholom Noginski says conquering darkness with light is ‘the only way forward’

Rabbi Sholom Noginski says conquering darkness with light is “the only way forward.”

The rabbi who was stabbed eight times in an anti-Semitic attack in Brighton, Mass., on July 1, has proclaimed his resolve to train and ordain at least eight new rabbis who will join the Chabad-Lubavitch worldwide network in spreading the light of Torah. Conquering darkness with light, he says, is .....

Chabad on the Coast brings the joy of Judaism to English-speaking residents.
07/22/2021
Dancing Through the Streets with the Torah in the Heart of Tel Aviv - Chabad on the Coast brings the joy of Judaism to English-speaking residents

Chabad on the Coast brings the joy of Judaism to English-speaking residents.

TEL AVIV—It’s a steamy midsummer night only a short walk from the Mediterranean beaches, and Israel’s city that never sleeps is wide awake. The City Center neighborhood is beating with bright, youthful energy. Swarms of bicycles and electric scooters zip by the packed cafes along Bograshov Str...

Gifted with a prodigious memory, he spent a lifetime absorbing and disseminating the Rebbe’s teachings to the world.
07/16/2021
Rabbi Yoel Kahn, 91, Oral Scribe and Leading Disciple of the Rebbe - Gifted with prodigious memory, spent lifetime absorbing and disseminating the Rebbe’s teachings to the world

Gifted with a prodigious memory, he spent a lifetime absorbing and disseminating the Rebbe’s teachings to the world.

Rabbi Yoel HaKohen Kahn, known to all simply as Reb Yoel, was a leading disciple of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, and his oral scribe. Blessed with unique intellectual gifts and a once-in-a-generation memory, Reb Yoel was single-mindedly dedicated to absorbing, record...

Rabbi Yossy Goldman made Sydenham Shul into one of the world's great synagogues.
07/16/2021
Rabbi Who Helped Transform Jewish Life in South Africa Steps Into New Role - Rabbi Yossy Goldman made Sydenham Shul into one of the world's great synagogues

Rabbi Yossy Goldman made Sydenham Shul into one of the world's great synagogues.

For more than 30 years, people coming to pray in Johannesburg’s largest synagogue have been greeted by a familiar sight: Rabbi Yossy Goldman sitting by his dais, ready to lead the service. Be it a Friday night, Shabbat day or Yom Kippur. For bar mitzvahs and weddings, brit milahs and funerals, Gol...

The 18-year-old ballplayer hopes to be a role model for Jewish life in the major leagues.
07/15/2021
‘They Know I Won’t Play on Shabbos,’ Says Washington Nationals Draft Pick Elie Kligman - 18-year-old hopes to be a role model for Jewish life in the major leagues

The 18-year-old ballplayer hopes to be a role model for Jewish life in the major leagues.

On a bus with his teammates on Israel’s Olympic baseball team heading to Hartford, Conn., 18-year-old Elie Kligman received a call he had long been hoping for. The Washington Nationals had just selected the Las Vegas native in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball draft. In doing so, Elie be...

CKids Gan Israel brings together 60 boys from diverse backgrounds.
07/13/2021
For Public School Kids, Jewish Overnight Camp Is ‘Nothing Less Than Amazing’ - CKids Gan Israel brings together 60 boys from diverse backgrounds

CKids Gan Israel brings together 60 boys from diverse backgrounds.

It’s evening at CKids Gan Israel in Lakeworth, Fla., and the sound of children singing songs of Jewish pride can be heard throughout its sprawling campgrounds. There, on a glistening lakefront set among the expanses of nature, 60 Jewish boys from diverse backgrounds have united for 20 days of unin...

IDF Col. Golan Vach receives an aliyah at the ceremony where the new baby granddaughter of Itty Ainsworth, who died in t...
07/13/2021

IDF Col. Golan Vach receives an aliyah at the ceremony where the new baby granddaughter of Itty Ainsworth, who died in the building collapse in Surfside, Fla., was named.

IDF Col. Golan Vach receives an aliyah at the ceremony where the new baby granddaughter of Itty Ainsworth, who died in the building collapse in Surfside, Fla., was named.

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