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Stories and reports that have appeared in the media during the past two weeks

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Defense Minister Takes a Break for a Spiritual Boost
Arutz Sheva,Monday, July 28, 2014
Amid the operation in Gaza, Defense Minister took time to write the first letter in a new Torah scroll dedicated to IDF soldiers.
      Tzerei Agudat Chabad H.Q. Israel–Kfar Chabad, Israel
Russia's Chief Rabbi's 'Call to Arms' - Tefillin and Candlelighting
Arutz Sheva,Monday, July 28, 2014
An all-comprehensive campaign has been put forth by Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, in a letter calling for increased laying on of tefillin and lighting of the Shabbat candles in the merit of the Jews in Israel. Following the the Rabbi's letter, a comprehensive campaign was initiated by the Marina Roscha Jewish Center, along with other organizations, to promote the laying on of tefillin...
      Chief Rabbinate of Russia–Moscow, Russia
Chabad House Unveils Torah-Based Classes
Palm Beach Daily News,Sunday, July 27, 2014
For many, sumtmertime means ball games, lemonade and catching up on reading. And, said Rabbi Zalman Levitin, it’s the perfect time for study and discussion of Judaism’s relevance in modern life. In fact, it’s the theme of off-season classes at The Chabad House, 361 S. County Road. The Torah-based classes are open to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge..
      The Jewish Learning Institute–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad of N Palm Beach Island–Palm Beach, FL
Friendship Circle Event Honors Teens, Children and Young Adults
West Hartford News - CT,Sunday, July 27, 2014
On Sunday June 1, the Friendship Circle of Greater Hartford paid tribute to children, teens and young adults that join together in friendships that lasts forever. Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that serves children, teens and young adults with special needs and their families through a wide range of Jewish, social and recreational programs...
      Chabad House of Greater Hartford–West Hartford, CT
Berlin Seeks Law Change On Burials
Jewish Chronicle - UK,Sunday, July 27, 2014
Berlin's Jewish community is trying to change a longstanding state law banning burials within 48 hours after death. Yehuda Teichtal, a Berlin rabbi and founder of the city's Chabad centre, and Bension Braun, head of the Berlin Jewish community's religious department, have lobbied government officials in recent months to allow burials to take place within the 24-hour deadline required by Jewish law...
      Jüdisches Bildungszentrum - Rohr Chabad Center–Berlin, Germany
Chabad Women Celebrate Third Birthday of Rabbi's Daughter
Times-Herald Record - NY,Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Chabad of Monticello Jewish Women's Circle recently hosted a party at the Landfield Avenue Synagogue celebrating the third birthday of Mussi Zajac, daughter of Rabbi Simcha and Chany Zajac. The celebration bore great significance because it is a tradition in many Jewish families that girls start lighting the Sabbath candles from the time they turn 3...
      Landfield Avenue Synagogue - Chabad–Monticello, NY
The First Kosher Comic Book Blazed a Trail for Orthodox Outreach
Tablet,Thursday, July 24, 2014
...It’s not surprising that Chabad struck out on its own. The Rebbe was always savvy about reaching American Jews steeped in pop culture. He had a significant secular education, studying math and philosophy at the Sorbonne and the University of Berlin. And according to Joseph Telushkin’s book Rebbe, he knew from comics...
      Tzivos Hashem–Brooklyn, NY
Israel Supporters Standing Strong
Connecticut Post,Thursday, July 24, 2014
Rabbi Yehuda Kantor, of Chabad of Westport, said that if he hadn't just returned from a trip to Israel earlier this month, he'd board the next flight out of JFK to Tel Aviv. "I absolutely would do it," Kantor said Wednesday, hours before heading to an Israel solidarity rally in Stamford...
      Chabad Lubavitch of Westport–Westport, CT
      Chabad of Fairfield–Fairfield, CT
Chabad Gives New Tefillin to Wounded Soldiers Who Lost Them in Battle
Jewish Press,Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wounded IDF soldiers whose tefillin were destroyed in clashes with Hamas received a pleasant surprise in the hospital on Wednesday with a brand new set presented by Young Chabad, the Kikar Shabbat website reported. Several troops told visitors in the hospital that they were without their tefillin, and the Lubavitch House in Paris responded quickly to help fulfill a request to replace them...
      Tzerei Agudat Chabad H.Q. Israel–Kfar Chabad, Israel
Chabad Rally's Message: Remember Israel's Soldiers
Sun-Sentinel,Wednesday, July 23, 2014
More than 600 people came together as one on Tuesday evening at a Chabad of Coral Springs rally in support of Israel and its soldiers. "Very often the Jewish people don't always look like one perfect whole unit," Rabbi Yankie Denburg of the Chabad of Southwest Coral Springs said at the start of a program sponsored by several area Chabad synagogues. "Very often there's times when we politically disagree or when we ideologically disagree," Denburg said. "But when push comes to shove, when we feel threatened, when we feel something is fighting against our existence, Jews in all stripes and all colors come together as one."...
      Chabad of Coral Springs–Coral Springs, FL
Shepherding the Lost Back Into the Fold
Border Mail - Australia,Tuesday, July 22, 2014
IT’S never too late to explore your heritage, Rabbi Yosef Kagan says. Take for example the Albury-Wodonga man in his 70s he and fellow Rabbi Srolik Winner met at the weekend — a man who found out just four years ago he is Jewish. “He thought it was too late for him, that no one needs him,” Rabbi Kagan said. “But on the contrary, every Jew is important, just as every person in the world is important.”...
      Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia–Caulfield North, VIC Australia
Jewish Communities Mourn Loss of Two US-Born Lone Soldiers
Jerusalem Post,Tuesday, July 22, 2014
...Rabbi Asher Hecht, the co-director of Rio Grande Valley Chabad, was quoted on a Chabad website as saying that he met Carmeli in the summer of 2006 when he was running a Jewish day camp. He said of the fallen soldier “Sean was a gentle, kind boy” and that: “He was the oldest of the local boys in our camp, and was a sweet and kind example to everyone else.”...
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley - Mcallen, Harlingen, Brownsville & South Padre Island–Edinburg, TX
Reporter's Notebook: Waiting for the Wounded from the Front
Jerusalem Post,Tuesday, July 22, 2014
...Bustling into the emergency room, Kutner walked up to a soldier on a stretcher and asked him questions about his condition. The young man, barely out of his teens, replied as best he could, his weak voice muffled by an oxygen mask. Laying on his back, his shirt open and his dusty combat boots still on his feet, the young man smiled as the hassidim wrote down his name so that he could be included in Chabad community prayers around the world. “Thank you,” he wheezed. “We will be giving many of these soldiers headphones,” Kutner told me, explaining that the follow-up gift would help the soldiers tune out their depressing surroundings...
      Tzerei Agudat Chabad H.Q. Israel–Kfar Chabad, Israel
Thousands Pay Their Respects at Funeral of Lone Soldier
Times of Israel,Tuesday, July 22, 2014
...Ra’anana mayor Ze’ev Bielski spoke, as did the principal of Ostrovski, the high school Carmeli attended. While Carmeli spent part of his high school years in Ra’anana, under the care of his two older sisters, he was also tied to the South Padre community, where his parents became deeply involved with the small, but strong Chabad-led community...
      Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley - Mcallen, Harlingen, Brownsville & South Padre Island–Edinburg, TX
Hero: 20,000 Israelis Mourn Fallen Texan in Haifa, Israel
Breitbart.com,Tuesday, July 22, 2014
...Funeral attendee Ahuva Berger, noted the sheer volume and diversity of those in attendance to honor Sean's memory on Sunday. "It was really impressive to see," Berger conveyed to the Times. "There were people from all walks of life...religious, secular, Chabad, a Ra'anana Crew, alot of people from Haifa. Soldiers from the navy, air force and infantries."...
The Rebbe Still Greatly Impacts the World
Sun-Sentinel,Monday, July 21, 2014
...Tennenhaus said the publishing of these books has been a good way to spread The Rebbe's message. "These books are not just for the Chabad community," Tennenhaus said. "They are written for the global Jewish community and beyond. They give incredible insights into the letters, teachings, leadership and impact of The Rebbe. There has been an incredible upsurge in interest about The Rebbe and understanding of his influence on today's world."
      Chabad of South Broward–Hallandale, FL
      The Shul–Surfside, FL
      Chabad of East Boca Raton–Boca Raton, FL
‘Kingdom of New York': Author Joseph Telushkin On His New Book
New York Observer,Monday, July 21, 2014
...You didn’t grow up in the Lubavitcher movement but your father’s closeness to the Rebbe and your own exposure during this book seems to have swayed you a bit. I want to be very careful, I suppose, in how I phrase this because I don’t want to come out like some starry-eyed, highly naïve person. But the rebbe seemed to have access to things that were just extraordinary, beyond belief. He had a bigger access to wisdom that I can’t account for...
      Chabad West Coast Headquarters–Los Angeles, CA
Death of Two Americans in Israel Brings Conflict Home
Washington Post,Monday, July 21, 2014
...“To me, he had a gentle soul — he didn’t seem like a fighter,” said Rabbi Asher Hecht, co-director of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley Texas, who first met a 10-year-old Carmeli at a summer camp. “He was a soldier who was trained well and prepared for the worst, and he also had a very gentle side of him.”...
      Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley - Mcallen, Harlingen, Brownsville & South Padre Island–Edinburg, TX
For Two Slain Americans, Commitment Came Early
New York Times,Monday, July 21, 2014
...His parents moved three decades ago from Israel to South Padre Island, on the Gulf Coast of Texas, where Mr. Carmeli grew up in a tight Jewish community and spent summers at Chabad day and overnight camps. Mr. Carmeli’s parents then decided to move the family back to Israel, where he attended high school, said Rabbi Asher Hecht of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley, who knew Mr. Carmeli from childhood...
      Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley - Mcallen, Harlingen, Brownsville & South Padre Island–Edinburg, TX
US Jewish Community Mourns Texas-Born Sgt. Sean Carmeli
Jerusalem Post,Monday, July 21, 2014
...According to Chabad.org, the Carmelis were part of the religious awakening in their small Jewish community and helped turn the samll town into a tight-knit community that observes the Torah and the commandments. The parents who were religious wanted to instill n their three children decided to move back to Israel and Sean completed high school in Ra'anana and went on to join the army where he served with honor and distinction in the Golani Brigade...
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley - Mcallen, Harlingen, Brownsville & South Padre Island–Edinburg, TX
2 American Jews Among IDF Dead in Gaza Combat
Times of Israel/AP,Monday, July 21, 2014
...According to the local Chabad rabbi, Alon Carmeli purchased the community’s first Torah scroll and dedicated the synagogue in memory of his father-in-law, Nissim Buganim – Sean’s namesake. Rabbi Asher Hecht, co-director of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley, met Sean in summer of 2006 when he and a friend ran a day camp for local Jewish children. He described Sean as a “kind, gentle boy” who served as a “kind example to everyone else.”...
      Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley - Mcallen, Harlingen, Brownsville & South Padre Island–Edinburg, TX
Two Americans Killed in Gaza Fighting
USA Today/AP,Sunday, July 20, 2014
...Chabad.org reported that Carmeli was a sergeant in the Golani Brigade and among 13 who died in Gaza City fighting. He had moved to Israel with his parents as a teen and completed high school there, it said...
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley - Mcallen, Harlingen, Brownsville & South Padre Island–Edinburg, TX
2 Americans Among the Israeli Soldiers Killed in Gaza Fighting
WBIR,Sunday, July 20, 2014
...Chabad.org reported that Carmeli was a sergeant in the Golani Brigade and among 13 who died in Gaza City fighting. He had moved to Israel with his parents as a teen and completed high school there, it said...
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley - Mcallen, Harlingen, Brownsville & South Padre Island–Edinburg, TX
Two Israeli Soldiers Killed in Gaza Grew Up in Texas and California
L.A. Times,Sunday, July 20, 2014
..."He had always a cheerful smile. He was always optimistic about life," said Rabbi Asher Hecht of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley. Carmeli's Israeli-born parents lived on South Padre Island for more than two decades and built a beach business there, said Hecht, who called himself a close friend of the family...
      Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley - Mcallen, Harlingen, Brownsville & South Padre Island–Edinburg, TX
Woodlands Hills Man, One Other American in Israeli Army Killed in Gaza
AP,Sunday, July 20, 2014
Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel... Rabbi Asher Hecht of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley, who is a longtime family friend, said Carmeli joined the Israeli army after finishing high school in Israel and was in the Golani Brigade...
      Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley - Mcallen, Harlingen, Brownsville & South Padre Island–Edinburg, TX
Jewish Mother and Daughter Killed in Ukraine Shelling
JTA,Sunday, July 20, 2014
...“They were among the most active members of the community,” he said. Rabbi Shalom Gopin, Chabad’s emissary to Lugansk, was trying to bring the deceased to burial but was waiting on authorization from city officials, the news site ch10.co.il reported Sunday. Gopin was not immediately available for comment...
      Jewish Community of Lugansk–Lugansk, Ukraine
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