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New $7 Million Chabad Center Opens in Flagstaff

Flagstaff, AZ - Dr. Merrill and Rhoda Abeshaus were among Northern Arizona’s pioneers of Jewish life back in the 1970s. When in 2006, they heard that Rabbi Dovie and Chaya Shapiro wanted to open Chabad of Flagstaff, they were skeptical. The Flagstaff Jewish community was too small, too uninvolved, they felt. But after taking into account the growing Jewish student enrollment at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the city’s popularity among tourists, the Abeshauses changed their minds. They encouraged the Shapiros to come, and soon became their major supporters.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Friday, September 20, 2019

New $7 Million Chabad Center Opens in Flagstaff

There may be a dusting of snow on the tall trees of Flagstaff as people gather for the first Rosh Hashanah services in Chabad’s brand new center, the Molly Blank Jewish Community Center, but inside, hearts will be melting, thanks to the warm atmosphere and beautiful new surroundings.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Friday, September 20, 2019

A Spiritual Injection for Azerbaijan's Hidden Jerusalem

Just about thirty miles from the Caspian Seashore, in the northeast of Azerbaijan, lies the only all-Jewish town outside of Israel and Kiryas Joel and New Square in the USA. Krasnaya Sloboda, or Qirmizi Qəsəbə in Azerbaijani was founded in 1742 by Fatah Ali Khan, the Muslim emir of the town of Quba, located on the other side of the river as a haven for the Mountain Jews. This Summer Chabad sent young Rabbi to invigorate the Jewish life there.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, September 19, 2019

In the Birthplace of Hippies: A New Chabad Center

It is known as the birthplace of the Hippie Movement (and counts some well-known Jewish hippies in its history), and on Sunday, the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco celebrated the opening of its first permanent Chabad center.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Chabad Marks Birthday of Movement's Founder

On 18 Elul, Jewish communities the world over will mark the anniversary of the birthdate for Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad movement.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Gan Izzy in the City

It’s mid-summer and somewhere in a train car way below New York City a group of ninety kids are playing a lively, volley-ball like game involving red balloons they are trying to keep in the air. The train rounds a bend, the game is over and some kids start singing a camp song while others chat happily with their counselors and friends.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, September 16, 2019

Shabbat Brings Young Singles Together in Latin America

Over the last 30 years, every August the Peguisha has brought thousands of young Jews together for 4 day of workshops, lectures, kumzits and inspiration. 230 eighteen to thirty five year-olds from Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil joined this year’s weekend held at a beachfront hotel in Carilo, Buenos Aires.

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, September 13, 2019

Kids Spend a Day Cleaning a Cemetery

The idea of a visit to the cemetery was hatched when Rabbi Nochum and Chyena Yusewitz of Chabad of Grass Valley were called to the bedside of a synagogue member on life support. The family was open to hearing about Jewish burial but had already decided to cremate. It took an agonizing few days before the family finally chose a Jewish burial for their loved one.

Aidel Cohen | News | Thursday, September 12, 2019

Come From Away: A 9/11 Broadway Musical's Holy Message

Sudak’s ordeal is dramatized in Come From Away, a Tony award-winning musical in which his character plays a key role. The show is still running on Broadway, and after a sold-out streak in Dublin, it recently opened in London to standing-room-only audiences.

Tzipora Reitman | News | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Historic Belarus Synagogue Restored To Jewish Hands

Two weeks ago, after years of unsuccessful recovery attempts that included a 1992 lengthy legal battle that failed, Chabad of Brest purchased the city’s second largest historic synagogue, the Hekdesh Shul. Built in 1886, the synagogue had been confiscated by the Nazis, together with the neighboring Jewish hospital, and housed wounded soldiers. When the Soviets reclaimed the city, it became a nightclub. It has since passed from hand to hand eventually being owned by a private individual and used as an office space. The iconic facade and inside architecture had been destroyed by the various occupiers but the original building remained.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

They Biked Across America for Friendship

Chaim Weiss is about to enter his junior year of high school at a yeshivah in Far Rockaway, New York, with a summer experience under his belt that will rival that of most of his classmates. The sixteen-year-old was the youngest of a team of four cyclists who completed a six week, 3,100 mile ride across the breadth of the USA last Sunday raising $33,000.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, September 9, 2019

Buenos Aires: Tarnished Synagogue Returned to Former Glory

Knesset Israel Boca Barracas is a synagogue once more. Occupied by a squatter for the better part of two decades, the synagogue built in 1907 was desecrated when Rabbi Shneor Mizrahi discovered it six years ago. The Chabad representative to Barracas, a neighboring Buenos Aires district, determined to return the tarnished sanctuary to its former glory.

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Twenty Five Years After Genocide, Rwanda Rebounds

One of the fastest growing economies in Central Africa, and now one of the safest too, Rwanda has of late become a popular tourist destination. Chabad’s opening in Kigali, following the recent opening of the Israeli embassy there, makes it even more attractive to visiting Israelis, and Jewish travelers.

Chabad Headquarters | News | Tuesday, September 3, 2019

LifeTown: Reimagining Society, Redefining Inclusion

Set on five sprawling acres and surrounded by New Jersey’s hills and parks, LifeTown offers children and adults with special needs the opportunity to work, play, and learn together with their peers, with and without disabilities, in a rarefied setting of true integration.

Baila Olidort with Tzipora Reitman | News | Tuesday, September 3, 2019

For Tbilisi Students, this New School Year Heralds a New Building

It isn’t only a new school year for Tbilisi’s Jewish students. It’s an entirely new experience. On September 16, the first day of the Georgian school year, 107 students will sit at their shiny new desks at Or Avner Kiryat Moshe. Dedicated in May, the 40,000 square foot campus boasts side by side kindergarten and elementary buildings.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, August 29, 2019

Williamsburg Hosts Inaugural Jewish Arts Festival

When Rabbi Shmuly and Devorah Leah Lein arrived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the area’s palindrome ZIP code, 11211 was the address of a thriving art scene. “I had a dream from that moment to create a Jewish event that would be a fusion of Judaism and art,” Rabbi Shmuly says.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Florida Chabad Tackles Mental Health Conditions

“I was shaken,” Ella remembers. “She told me how her mother walked in as she was swallowing pills, intent on ending her life. And I felt terrible that I had not noticed that this teen was struggling.” The warning signs were all there, Ella says, “But I didn’t recognize them.”

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Thursday, August 22, 2019

Under the Umbrella: the Orthodox Rabbi and the Irish Catholic Walk to Shul

It was raining that Shabbat and I would not be driving. And the Torah prohibits us from carrying on Shabbat, so I didn't have an umbrella either. What I did have was a nice Italian suit and a score of congregants waiting for me at the synagogue.

Rabbi Yizhak Hecht | News | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Students And Stress On Campus: Chabad at Texas A&M

This fall, Chabad will partner with Houston’s Jewish Family Services to offer a comprehensive Mental Health First Aid Training Day. The eight-hour CPR-style course will cover depression, substance abuse, trauma, psychosis, and mood disorders. Trainees will learn how to identify and triage these issues in themselves and among their peers.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, August 15, 2019

Five New Books For End-of-Summer Reading

There's lots of new books on the market this summer. Many of them have been created especially for the 25th anniversary of the Rebbe's passing. Below is a selection you can't miss!

News | Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Greenpoint, Brooklyn Gets First Permanent Center

High-rises are going up along the waterfront of Brooklyn's northernmost neighborhood, and now the eclectic locale has got its own Greenpoint Chabad House—Jewish Center. Rabbi Yisroel and Raizel Nissim have been serving the Greenpoint community for five years from just as many rented apartments and even the occasional AirBNB. “We’re excited to have reached this milestone so we can cater to a larger number of people, entertain more and add more programming from our own event space,” Rabbi Yisroel shared with Lubavitch.com.

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, August 9, 2019

Hug in a Jug: Lovingkindness in Southern California

If you could put friendship in a dish, which food would you choose? The volunteers of “Hug in a Jug” have chosen chicken soup, and they serve it with smiles to seniors in Aliso Viejo, California. “We send chicken soup to Jews, many of whom are Holocaust survivors,” said Stillerman. “We send to non-Jewish seniors in the area also, and sometimes our volunteers ask for extras to deliver to the homeless.”

Aidel Cohen | News | Thursday, August 8, 2019

No More Tuna and Crackers ala Suitcase: Kosher is on the House

Chabad emissaries around the world are increasingly opening restaurants within, or near to, their centers. Mostly located in tourist spots, they offer a kosher meal and a welcoming environment for Jews who may otherwise balk at entering a synagogue. It’s also a great place to meet other travelers of the tribe.

Dvora Lakein | News | Tuesday, August 6, 2019

President of Germany Visits Berlin Rabbi After Attack

But this week, Germany showed its intolerance of the incident when President Frank-Walter Steinmeier showed up on the rabbi’s doorstep. "I have come here to say that there is no place for anti-Semitism in Germany. I am here to declare this, as well as to visit a friend,” said the president.

Shaindle Fogelman | News | Monday, August 5, 2019

Essay: On Vulnerability and Trust

When did it become fashionable to talk about the power of vulnerability as if it were something positive rather than an inevitable fact of life? We know our vulnerability, but we do not amplify it, and we do not become identified with it.

Chana Silberstein | News | Monday, August 5, 2019