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Dancing with the Torah in Central America and around the world.
10/12/2022
Simchat Torah in Playa Del Carmen With a Scroll Inspired From a Playroom Floor - Dancing with the Torah in Central America and around the world

Dancing with the Torah in Central America and around the world.

It wasn’t too long ago that the streets near Chabad of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, were closed to traffic and instead filled with a dancing Jewish community as they welcomed their very first Torah scroll. The community will be celebrating once again next week and with even more people on hand, inclu...

An emotional Yom Kippur, a Jewish funeral and Sukkot preparations accompany ongoing aid efforts for Jewish individuals a...
10/07/2022
Jewish Life Goes On, Helping Hurricane-Stricken Venice, Fla., Cope With Disaster - An emotional Yom Kippur, a Jewish funeral, and Sukkot preparations accompany ongoing aid efforts

An emotional Yom Kippur, a Jewish funeral and Sukkot preparations accompany ongoing aid efforts for Jewish individuals and families in Florida.

VENICE, Fla.—Even as the aid efforts continue and the rebuilding work begins for those whose lives were uprooted by Hurricane Ian a little more than a week ago, Jewish life has not stopped at Chabad of Venice, Fla.—bringing a much-needed sense of normalcy, continuity and hope to many who have ne...

Sukkahs are popping up in unexpected places; the holiday begins on Sunday night, Oct. 9.
10/06/2022
Hakhel Year Sukkot to Be Celebrated With Increased Joy and Meaning - Sukkahs are popping up in unexpected places; holiday begins Sunday night, Oct. 9

Sukkahs are popping up in unexpected places; the holiday begins on Sunday night, Oct. 9.

Hakhel celebrations are set to begin around the world with the onset of the joyous holiday of Sukkot, and Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries are finding new ways to engage Jewish people of every age and background in every corner of the world to inspire them to participate in the festival’s many mitzvahs...

Only days before the storm, Chabad moved into a building that kept its electricity
10/04/2022
Powerless Victims of Hurricane Ian Recharge at Chabad of Punta Gorda - Only days before the storm, Chabad moved into a building that kept its electricity

Only days before the storm, Chabad moved into a building that kept its electricity

In Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, Fla., you’ll find the roofs of homes strewn along the streets, cars tossed around like toys and fallen trees perched on houses and power lines. Six days after the storm, power is still out almost everywhere; cellphone coverage is scarce; and running water is not ...

Yom Kippur will see record attendance this year at Chabad synagogues throughout the world, where every Jew is a member.
10/04/2022
No Barriers Before G-d: A Look at Chabad’s Dues-Free Communities - Yom Kippur will see record attendance this year at Chabad synagogues, where every Jew is a member

Yom Kippur will see record attendance this year at Chabad synagogues throughout the world, where every Jew is a member.

With Yom Kippur soon upon us, Jews around the world are thinking about synagogues, whether they attend one daily or haven’t gone since last Yom Kippur. Chabad.org’s High Holidays Directory is seeing a record number of visitors eager to find a welcoming service in any one of the 110 countries and...

Volunteers and staff provide crucial aid as losses continue to mount.
10/03/2022
Volunteers Transform Florida Chabad Centers Into Hurricane Relief Headquarters - Volunteers and staff provide crucial aid as losses continue to mount

Volunteers and staff provide crucial aid as losses continue to mount.

In one short, horrific moment last week, Sasha Greto lost her home and everything in it to Hurricane Ian. A violent storm surge submerged her neighborhood in Venice, Fla., and brought five feet of water into her house. There was no salvaging; the water didn’t have anywhere to go. Even four days la...

A worldwide livestream of a gala dinner on Sunday, Oct. 2, in Jerusalem will launch the Steinsaltz English Mishnah proje...
09/30/2022
Remembering Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz) Ahead of Yom Kippur - Worldwide livestream of gala dinner in Jerusalem to launch the Steinsaltz English Mishnah project

A worldwide livestream of a gala dinner on Sunday, Oct. 2, in Jerusalem will launch the Steinsaltz English Mishnah project.

Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz), who passed away in August 2020, will be remembered by thousands of students and admirers, as well as key supporters of his life’s mission of facilitating Jewish literacy, at an event in Jerusalem on Sunday, Oct. 2. Owing to the late scholar’s global reputatio...

As raging floodwaters recede, unprecedented devastation is starting to be revealed.
09/29/2022
By Foot, Boat and Helicopter, Chabad Volunteers Aid Victims of Hurricane Ian - As raging floodwaters recede, unprecedented devastation is revealed

As raging floodwaters recede, unprecedented devastation is starting to be revealed.

Thousands of residents of Southwest Florida remained trapped in their flooded homes and 2.6 million people throughout the state were still without power more than 24 hours after Hurricane Ian made landfall near Fort Myers. It was one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to strike the United States a...

A Category 4 storm is expected to cause catastrophic flooding and damage in parts of Florida.
09/28/2022
As Hurricane Ian Crashes Into Florida’s Gulf Coast, Chabad Rushes to Help - Category 4 storm expected to cause catastrophic flooding and damage

A Category 4 storm is expected to cause catastrophic flooding and damage in parts of Florida.

As the terrifying and potentially catastrophic Category 4 Hurricane Ian crashed into Florida’s Gulf Coast Wednesday afternoon with winds of more than 150 mph and storm surges of 18 or more feet, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries reached out to residents trapped by the storm and began to make preparation...

Rabbi presents the president of German parliament with a new German-translated machzor.
09/25/2022
German Dignitaries Welcome Jewish New Year at Chabad-Lubavitch of Berlin - Rabbi presents president of German parliament with new German- translated machzor

Rabbi presents the president of German parliament with a new German-translated machzor.

German dignitaries, government officials and foreign ambassadors gathered at Chabad-Lubavitch of Berlin on Sept. 21, to mark the coming Jewish new year, being celebrated from sundown of Sept. 25 until nightfall on Sept. 27. Led by the president of the Bundestag—Germany's parliament—Bärbel Bas, ...

Rabbis and volunteers are busy distributing 30,000 holidays packages.
09/23/2022
Thousands Expected in Ukraine Synagogues For Rosh Hashanah - Rabbis and volunteers are distributing 30,000 holidays packages

Rabbis and volunteers are busy distributing 30,000 holidays packages.

With sirens blaring almost constantly and missiles hitting the center of Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Rabbi Nachum Ehrentrau can hear rockets detonating just several hundred meters from his synagogue. The rabbi and his wife, Dina, have directed Chabad-Lubavitch of Zaporizhzhia (also spelled Zaporozhye) fo...

He was devoted to Oholei Torah Educational Institution for more than six decades.
09/22/2022
Rabbi Yosef Rosenfeld, 89, Made Immigrant School a Global Powerhouse - Devoted to Oholei Torah Educational Institution for more than six decades

He was devoted to Oholei Torah Educational Institution for more than six decades.

For more than six decades Rabbi Yosef (Joseph) Rosenfeld served as the steward of Oholei Torah Educational Institution in Brooklyn, N.Y., one of the largest yeshivahs in the world. His formal title was executive director, but the term would not accurately describe his total devotion to the instituti...

Five years after Hurricane Maria, Chabad again provides material and spiritual support.
09/20/2022
Battered by Hurricane Fiona, Puerto Rico Jews Prepare for Rosh Hashanah - Five years after Maria, Chabad again provides material and spiritual support

Five years after Hurricane Maria, Chabad again provides material and spiritual support.

With Rosh Hashanah fast approaching and power and fresh water still unavailable over much of the island, Chabad of Puerto Rico has issued a call for emergency supplies as they prepare to meet the Jewish community’s spiritual needs on the High Holidays.

Chabad’s CTeen trip to Poland and Israel had a powerful effect on Yakov Vinnik.
09/20/2022
A Young Dancer From Atlanta Embraces His Jewish Pride at Auschwitz - Chabad’s CTeen trip to Poland and Israel had a powerful effect on Yakov Vinnik

Chabad’s CTeen trip to Poland and Israel had a powerful effect on Yakov Vinnik.

The question played on 16-year-old Yakov Vinnik’s conscience. The child of Jews from the former Soviet Union, Vinnik grew up watching his mother, Maria, light the Shabbat candles, while his dad, Boris, spoke fluent Hebrew. “We were not very religious. I wore a Magen David but no kippah,” Vinni...

The first mitzvah campaign to bring Judaism to the individual, wherever he or she was.
09/20/2022
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, wherever he or she was.

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 trumpeted in the syn...

Little Daniel and Anton were left on the streets before Chabad took them in.
09/18/2022
In Odessa, Abandoned Toddler Is Reunited With His 4-Year-Old Brother - Little Daniel and Anton were left on the streets before Chabad took them in

Little Daniel and Anton were left on the streets before Chabad took them in.

Two-year-old Anton was found one day in July wandering the streets of Odessa, Ukraine. His mother had disappeared months earlier, and his father had been out of the picture for a long time. Anton’s neighbors and aunt had taken the boy in, but now, with the war plunging Odessa into chaos, Anton was...

Mezuzah program is part of a year-long province-wide effort to raise mitzvah awareness.
09/16/2022
Roving Scribe Makes His Mark in British Columbia - Mezuzah program part of a year-long provincewide effort to raise mitzvah awareness

Mezuzah program is part of a year-long province-wide effort to raise mitzvah awareness.

Hundreds of Jews in British Columbia are making their homes holy with new mezuzahs and having their old ones checked with the help of Chabad Lubavitch in British Columbia. As part of a year-long “Ambassadors of Light” program, Jewish residents around the province are learning about Judaism’s m...

In a recent visit, U.S. Reps. Jimmy Panetta of California and Thomas Suozzi Panetta of New York said they were inspired ...
09/16/2022
Unlikely Pilgrimages to the Resting Place of the Rebbe’s Father in Kazakhstan - In recent visit, U.S. Congressmen Panetta and Suozzi were inspired by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson

In a recent visit, U.S. Reps. Jimmy Panetta of California and Thomas Suozzi Panetta of New York said they were inspired by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson.

In 1944, in the harsh conditions of Almaty’s hot summer, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson’s health worsened, and he passed away at age 66. Arrested by the Soviets for the crime of upholding Judaism and exiled from his community in Yekatrinoslav, where he served as chief rabbi, he spent a year in S...

Levi Duchman, rabbi to the United Arab Emirates, and Lea Hadad celebrated their wedding in the capital city of Abu Dhabi...
09/14/2022

Levi Duchman, rabbi to the United Arab Emirates, and Lea Hadad celebrated their wedding in the capital city of Abu Dhabi surrounded by 1,500 guests from all over the world, including Emirati royals, global dignitaries and much of the country’s burgeoning Jewish community.

Nuptials in the United Arab Emirates, the largest Jewish event in the country’s history, exemplify a couple’s commitment...
09/14/2022
Abu Dhabi Rabbinic Wedding Landmark Event for Jewish Life in Arab World - Emirates nuptials, largest Jewish event in the country’s history, a sign of couple’s commitment to Jewish life

Nuptials in the United Arab Emirates, the largest Jewish event in the country’s history, exemplify a couple’s commitment to Jewish life.

Rabbi Levi Duchman, Rabbi to the UAE, and Lea Hadad celebrated their wedding in the country’s capital city, Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday surrounded by 1,500 guests from around the world. Guests included Emirati royals, prominent rabbis, dignitaries, and much of the country’s burgeoning Jewish communi...

A 15 percent increase in High Holiday service attendance is expected in this Hakhel year.
09/14/2022
Record Rosh Hashanah Turnouts Expected at Chabad Centers Worldwide - A 15 percent increase in High Holiday attendance expected in Hakhel year

A 15 percent increase in High Holiday service attendance is expected in this Hakhel year.

When Rabbi Mendy Mentz moved to California last year with his wife, Dobbie, to establish Chabad of West Bel Air in the Los Angeles area, it was four weeks before Rosh Hashanah, and the Delta variant of the coronavirus was on everyone’s mind. Even though the Mentzes made clear they would be followi...

A congregation goes from a shuttered synagogue to a light-filled facility on 1.5 acres of gardens.
09/12/2022
After 118 Years, Wisconsin Congregation to Move Into New Home - From shuttered synagogue to light-filled facility on 1.5 acres of tranquil gardens

A congregation goes from a shuttered synagogue to a light-filled facility on 1.5 acres of gardens.

The ebbs and flows of Jewish life in smaller cities and towns across North America since the late 19th century have seen the rise and fall of many a synagogue structure and once-thriving community, with many now residing only in the musty halls of local historical societies or in the form of nearly....

He was a trailblazing, old-world fixture on the Miami Beach shore.
07/29/2022

He was a trailblazing, old-world fixture on the Miami Beach shore.

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In-person celebrations return, with commitments to Judaism stronger than ever.
Celebrating the holiday far from home.
The holiday goes on in cities under attack.
They welcome refugees, distribute food and lead religious services.
Mass evacuation efforts are ramping up from the eastern Ukrainian Jewish capital.
Under constant attack, Daniel fields calls for help around the clock.
Other communal buildings are also damaged; Chabad vows to rebuild.
They have raised more than $4,000 for relief efforts.
Baruch and Levi Yitzchak enter the Covenant of Abraham.
All segments of the community have joined Chabad’s effort.
Chabad emissaries provide buses, food and prayer to save lives and raise spirits.
The city’s rabbi directs distribution of thousands of food packages from afar.
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