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History in the Making: A Jewish Revival Sweeps Yiddish-Speaking Birobidzhan

A mikvah under construction in Birobidzhan? Yes, and it will be the first for the Jews of the Jewish Autonomous Region in Russia’s Far East, where Chabad is leading a revival.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, July 24, 2017

Meet Randy Kersh

Meet Randy Kersh. A 22-year old student at the University of North Florida, Randy dreams of becoming a Reform rabbi. He was prom king at his high school in Cooper City, and he’s the co-president of his campus Chabad student group, the Jewish Ospreys. Randy also has Down syndrome.

Mushkie Engel | News | Monday, July 24, 2017

A Bar Mitzvah in Laos

Nestled between Thailand and Vietnam, Laos presents a daunting challenge to new Chabad reps Rabbi Shalom and Tammy Glitzenstein.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, July 13, 2017

Breaking Bread in Buenos Aires—With 1,499 Friends

Students and young Jewish professionals celebrated Shabbat dinner at the La Rural convention center. They talked and sang and bonded over a three-course catered dinner that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

Esther Gopin | News | Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Chabad Teams Up with AEPi in Vienna for Mass Fraternity Bar Mitzvah

Earlier this month, five university students from the Lauder Business School in Vienna were joined by their families from Switzerland, Germany, Hungary and Ukraine as they celebrated their bar mitzvahs.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Today in Chabad History: 12-13 Tammuz

The twelfth of Tammuz (this year: July 6) is the birthday of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of blessed memory. It is also the day when the Rabbi received a notice of freedom from his exile in Kastroma, Russia.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Survivor Moshe Holtzberg Pledges to Return to Mumbai

“I want to ask you something from all my heart… please continue to remember my parents.”

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Knesset Speaker Visits Site of Former Incarceration

Israeli Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein recently paid a visit to a place where he was once kept captive: the infamous Butyrka prison in Moscow, the site of his three-months-long incarceration in 1984.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A First for Forsyth

Most synagogues don’t hold press conferences to announce the purchase of a permanent location, and most synagogue press conferences aren’t attended by the mayor, the chief of police, three county commissioners, state and local representatives, and members of the Chamber of Commerce.

Mushkie Engel | News | Monday, July 3, 2017

In Conversation with Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, one of the most passionate Jewish voices of our time, enjoyed an enduring correspondence and personal relationship with the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Mr. Wiesel, a professor at Boston University, spoke with Baila Olidort in May of 2013.

Baila Olidort | News | Saturday, July 1, 2017

Chabad Keeps Up at Kent State University

Rabbi Moshe and Mussie Sasonkin, who opened a campus Chabad center in May, recognize the opportunity that presents for interfacing with students individually.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, June 26, 2017

The Rebbe's Yahrtzeit

The life of a tzaddik is not a life of the flesh, but a spiritual life consisting wholly of faith, awe, and love of G‑d. - Tanya

Staff Writer | News | Monday, June 26, 2017

Jewish Youth Center Opens in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia

A new children’s educational center opened its doors in FJC’s Jewish community of Krasnoyarsk, Southern Siberia this week.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, June 22, 2017

Small-Town Jewish Communities Get a Holiday Boost

While many American Jews spent the days leading up to Shavuot baking cheesecakes, 110 Chabad rabbis were busy boarding planes and busses to different remote locations across North America.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lubavitch International Wins Rockower Award

Lubavitch International won two awards in AJPA (American Jewish Press Association) Simon Rockower Awards Competition for Excellence in Jewish Journalism.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, June 19, 2017

Jewish Life Blooms in Boquete, Panama

Boquete, Panama is a small town in the Chiriqui province in Panama’s interior, little more than thirty miles away from the Costa Rican border.

Nehama Silvers | News | Monday, June 19, 2017

Locals Work Together to Build Merrick’s First Mikvah

It seemed an unlikely prospect that the women of the small suburban community of Merrick-Bellmore-Wantagh in Long Island would one day have their own mikvah.

Esther Gopin | News | Monday, June 19, 2017

“Mi Ani? Modeh Ani!”

A clever advertising campaign in Tel Aviv has put oomph and dazzle into a traditional Jewish ritual. Slick video clips appearing on Chabad of Tel Aviv’s “Modeh Ani” social media pages feature singers and actors celebrating the morning ritual of giving thanks.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Small-City Chabad Emissaries Convene in Catalonia

A picturesque city in northeastern Catalonia famous for its medieval architecture and the old Jewish Quarter, Girona was host to the first-ever European and Central African Regional Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries earlier this week.

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Stained Glass Windows Shine Light on Mitzvah Campaign

It was a hot August morning in Mequon, Wisconsin, when Rabbi Dovid Rapoport completed the Shacharit services and gently closed his siddur. “I don’t mind leading services,” the senior Chabad emissary joked, shielding his eyes against the sunlight streaming into the synagogue, “but some stained glass windows would sure be nice.”

Esther Gopin | News | Friday, June 9, 2017

At Wesleyan University, Jewish Life Sees Progress

In 2014, the Connecticut Jewish Ledger listed Rabbi Levi and Chanie Schectman on their annual “Movers and Shakers” list. For those who knew them, this didn’t come as a surprise; since the couple had opened Chabad at Wesleyan in 2011, they had had an increasing impact on Jewish students at Wesleyan University

Nehama Silvers | News | Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wordsmith: Chayut

Chayut in this sense means a combination of verve, liveliness, spirit, enthusiasm, vigor. Pour all those words into a pot, stir on high until you get chayut, a useful new addition to your vocabulary that is ready to be used immediately in everyday conversation with your local Chasid.

Shmuel Loebenstein | News | Monday, June 5, 2017

The Shluchim Office Relaunches International Tefillin Bank

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the tefillin campaign, the Shluchim Office will reopen the International Tefillin Bank.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, May 29, 2017

Estonian Jewry Celebrates 10 Years of First Jewish Center Since WWII

Last Thursday marked the 10th anniversary of the Jewish Community Center in Tallinn, Estonia, celebrating ten years of the first Jewish establishment built in the country since the Holocaust and a decade since Estonia became the last European country to finally get its own synagogue.

Staff Writer | News | Monday, May 29, 2017

Crown Heights Street to Be Named After Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson

Staff Writer | News | Wednesday, May 24, 2017