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Chabad-Lubavitch in the Media

Chabad-Lubavitch in the Media

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

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Chabad New Canaan Jewish Center to Host a Gala Dinner
New Canaan, CT Patch,Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Chabad New Canaan Jewish Center will host a Gala Dinner to celebrate the Center’s fifth anniversary, recognize a New Canaan family’s critical support and commemorate the history of the New Canaan Jewish community. Rabbi Levi Mendelow is the co-director of the Chabad New Canaan Jewish Center. He said, “This is an opportunity for the Jewish community to celebrate the growing visibility and vitality of Jewish life in New Canaan.”...
      Chabad New Canaan Jewish Center–New Canaan, CT
Israeli Wounded Warriors’ Warm Welcome in New York
New York Post,Monday, May 18, 2015
...This month, on a whirlwind trip to New York with a group of fellow injured soldiers, I’ve come to understand that we are not alone. From the moment we arrived, brought here by the incredible Belev Echad organization, a project of Chabad Israel Center of the Upper East Side, we have been warmly welcomed by everyone we encounter. During the war, we knew the world was against us. We were accused of committing all kinds of atrocities; slandered on the news virtually everywhere. But here in New York, we’ve been embraced lovingly, with open arms. We’ve been treated like heroes...
      Chabad Israel Center–New York, NY
Why Is a Formerly Secular Woman Like Her Running a Chabad Center?
Forward,Monday, May 18, 2015
...One dinner led to another. As she listened to the Chabad teachers and read the books on the shelves, she encountered a Judaism that she could identify with: “It blew my mind. The Conservative Judaism I knew talked about rules and lifestyle and had no meaning,” said Blum, 40, wearing a sheitel, a loose-fitting top and mid-calf length skirt, in the converted brownstone near Columbia University that serves as the university’s Chabad center. She has been co-running it with her husband Yonah Blum for 18 years...
      Roitman Chabad Center at Cornell University–Ithaca, NY
      Chabad at Columbia University–New York, NY
      Chabad Jewish Student Center @ UC Berkeley–Berkeley, CA
Celebrating the Day That God Gave the Torah to the Jewish People
Fairfield Daily Republic - CA,Sunday, May 17, 2015
In exactly one week from today, May 24, the Jewish Community around the world will be celebrating the holiday of Shavuot, commemorating the day on which G-d gave the Jewish people the Torah on Mount Sinai 3,327 years ago. We are told that at Mount Sinai G-d asked us for a guarantor to ensure that the precious gift of the Torah would be eternally kept and properly fulfilled...
      Chabad-Lubavitch of Solano County–Vacaville, CA
Binghamton Grad Tapes Speech to Honor Sabbath
AP,Sunday, May 17, 2015
A student’s commencement speech at Binghamton University has been pre-recorded. Graduating senior Don Greenberg was allowed to videotape his graduation speech Wednesday so he could honor the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday. The student from Teaneck, New Jersey, was chosen to be a commencement speaker for the university’s engineering school...
      The Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University–Vestal, NY
Orthodox Jew Delivers Unorthodox Graduation Speech at BU
WBNG-TV - Binghamton, NY,Saturday, May 16, 2015
...However, his Orthodox Jewish faith prevented him from doing so on Saturday, which is Shabbat—a day of rest. So, Binghamton University made special arrangements for Greenberg to pre-record his speech. “As many religions as there are in the world, you have to understand that everybody has different rules – different structures,” BU President Harvey Stenger said. Greenberg underwent a rigorous application process to be selected as the speaker. “Ultimately the video just seemed like the best option,” Greenberg said...
      The Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University–Vestal, NY
Hundreds of Nottingham Students Come Together for Shabbat Dinner
Jewish News - UK,Friday, May 15, 2015
Hundreds of hungry students and community members descended on Chabad Nottingham last week for a four-course dinner at its annual ‘Shabbat 200′ celebration. Guests praised the “truly amazing” atmosphere at the event, which was hosted by Rabbi Mendy Lent, his wife Brocha and their four young children – who often welcome up to 100 students from Nottingham’s campuses to their home for Shabbat dinner. This year’s Shabbat 200 event – which Rabbi Mendy says was “extra special” – was held in a marquee in the Lents’ garden, with guests enjoying musical entertainment in addition to a “fantastic” four-course meal...
      Chabad-Lubavitch of Nottingham–Lenton, Nottingham England
Ahead of Olympics, 2 Synagogues to Open in Rio de Janeiro
JTA,Friday, May 15, 2015
...Additionally, the Chabad Lubavitch movement is preparing to open a kosher hotel with a synagogue ahead of the games...
      Beit Lubavitch Rio De Janeiro–Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil
Jewish Women Gather in Prospect Park to Make Challah
Brooklyn Daily Eagle,Friday, May 15, 2015
Challah if you hear me. Nearly 300 Jewish women from all over brownstone Brooklyn packed into the Prospect Park Picnic House to learn the spiritual secrets and customs of making challah bread during Challah On The Park on Thursday night. Separating challah is a sacred tradition among the Jewish people and one of three mitzvot uniquely connected to women...
      Chabad of Brooklyn Heights–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad of Park Slope–Brooklyn, NY
Iceland’s Jewish community Gets Boost from Chabad, the JI
Jewish Independent - Canada,Friday, May 15, 2015
...t is very much the case that the Jewish population in Iceland continues to come into the country “like driftwood from Siberia,” to study, work, or because they are part of an interfaith marriage. Most are more secular than religious, but the common thread running through the community is the desire to retain and, with Chabad’s help, maintain a connection to their Jewish heritage... It was truly a gift to receive the recent communications from Rabbi Pewzner about how things are moving forward in Iceland, with Chabad’s support, for the Jews within the country...
      Chabad Cayman –Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Children of Israel, in More Ways Than One
Jewish Journal,Thursday, May 14, 2015
...Ultimately, Traxler said, “The idea is that every kid should have the opportunity to experience a bar mitzvah like other kids, despite their tragic loss.” Most of the bar and bat mitzvah children were referred to Colel Chabad by municipal social workers, and the organization provides year-round educational and financial assistance through its Widows and Orphans program. Colel Chabad is one of the many Israeli organizations and institutions that sponsor communal b’nai mitzvah ceremonies for some of Israel’s most vulnerable children...
      Colel Chabad–Jerusalem, Israel
Orthodox Jewish Commencement Speaker Gets It Done
RNS/Jewish Week,Thursday, May 14, 2015
...Rabbi Aaron Slonim, the executive director of the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University — of which Greenberg is an active member — said it reminded him of the time Sandy Koufax (Major League Baseball pitcher) refused to pitch the first game in the 1965 World Series because it conflicted with Yom Kippur. "Don's unwavering commitment to the Shabbat… is a source of great pride and strength to Jewish students here,” Slonim reportedly said...
A Student Named Greenberg Has a ‘Koufax Moment’
JNS,Thursday, May 14, 2015
...Rabbi Aaron Slonim—executive director of The Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University, where Greenberg is an active member—likened Greenberg's situation to Koufax's moment of truth 50 years earlier. "I'm reminded of when Sandy Koufax refused to pitch during the first game of the '65 World Series, which coincided with Yom Kippur eve," said Slonim. "His courage gave many Jews the strength to be unabashed of their Judaism.”...
      The Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University–Vestal, NY
Chabad Hosts an Evening With the Youngest Auschwitz Inmate
West Milford Messenger - CT,Thursday, May 14, 2015
...By the end of May, his family was in Auschwitz. At 10 years old, Mangel evaded death at six other concentration camps, the Death March and encounters with Dr. Josef Mengele, the Angel of Death, who inhumanely experimented on child inmates. After liberation, Mangel immigrated to America and chose to live a life dedicated to the Jewish community as a scholar, author, speaker and philosopher...
      Chabad Jewish Center Upper Passaic County–Haskell, NJ
Shabbat-Observant Student to Pre-Record Saturday Commencement Speech
JTA,Thursday, May 14, 2015
...“I’m reminded of when Sandy Koufax refused to pitch during the first game of the ’65 World Series which coincided with Yom Kippur eve. His courage gave many Jews the strength to be unabashed of their Judaism,” said Rabbi Aaron Slonim, executive director of The Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University, a Jewish campus organization where Greenberg is an active member. Greenberg is graduating with a triple major in computer science, math and management.
      The Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University–Vestal, NY
Lubavitch on the Palisades Students Celebrate Lag B’omer
Jewish Link - NJ,Thursday, May 14, 2015
Students at Lubavitch on the Palisades School celebrated Lag B’Omer with trips, parades, special activities, bonfires and marshmallows. Rabbi Mordechai Shain and Mayor Peter Rustin marched in the streets of Tenafly with students of the preschool and elementary school. Kindergarten students learned about recycling when they visited the Material Recovery Center in Yonkers, NY...
      Lubavitch on the Palisades–Tenafly, NJ
Shabbat-Observant Student to Pre-record Saturday Commencement Speech
JTA,Thursday, May 14, 2015
...Greenberg’s message was chosen several weeks ago to represent his fellow classmates at the graduation. It was recorded on Wednesday in full, along with an explanation why the audience is watching it on a jumbo screen. “I’m reminded of when Sandy Koufax refused to pitch during the first game of the ’65 World Series which coincided with Yom Kippur eve. His courage gave many Jews the strength to be unabashed of their Judaism,” said Rabbi Aaron Slonim, executive director of The Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University...
      The Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University–Vestal, NY
Israelis Trapped in Nepal Calling for Assistance
YWN,Wednesday, May 13, 2015
...While in Israel there is no official word of Israeli being among the dead and injured in the latest quake, Rabbi Lifshitz and his staff at the Katmandu Chabad House are quite busy as this has once again become a safe haven for the many Israeli backpackers in the quake area...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Fourth Commandment: Why One Family Puts Down their Cell Phones, Car Keys and Pens Once a Week
Times - Beaver, PA,Wednesday, May 13, 2015
..."As my week becomes more packed and stressful, I appreciate that island of time more," Rabbi Zippel said. "And now that I'm married, I appreciate having time together with my wife. We catch up on our weeks." Sheina echoed him, explaining that she's always been surprised by descriptions of Shabbat that emphasize restrictions. "It's always been an exciting, beautiful day that we look forward to as a family," she said. "When you're at a Shabbat meal, you don't feel like, 'Don't do this. Don't do that.' You feel like, 'Come! Let's have fun. Let's talk together.’ ”...
      Chabad Lubavitch of Utah–Salt Lake City, UT
Giuliani to IDF Soldiers: By Defending Israel, You Defend the US
Arutz Sheva,Wednesday, May 13, 2015
...At the end of the meeting, Giuliani took a photo with the soldiers which he then sent in a text to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. “With #belevechad wounded IDF soldiers. (Lubavitcher) Rebbe called them Metsuyanei Tzahal (special IDF soldiers),” he wrote, with a little help from Belev Echad Founder Rabbi Uriel Vigler.
      Chabad Israel Center–New York, NY
Lag B’Omer Celebrated in Cedarhurst Park
Long Island Herald,Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The X POGO stunt team, Azamra DJ, the traditional bonfire and activities such as archery and tug-of-war were all part of the Chabad of the Five Towns 20th annual Lag B’Omer/Family Fun Day at Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park on May 7. Lag B’Omer commemorates the passing of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and celebrates the resiliency of the Jewish spirit and mutual respect between all Jews.
      Chabad of the Five Towns–Cedarhurst, NY
Jewish Volunteers Staying Stoic In Ravaged Nepal
Jewish Week,Wednesday, May 13, 2015
...“Tzedakah [charity] is not just for Jews,” said Chabad Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz, a few moments before welcoming a representative from a local village, who had come to ask for sacks of rice. Rabbi Lifshitz said he’ll be happy to oblige — and has distributed a ton of rice via this man and others. He is now trying to source thousands of tents that can get homeless families through monsoon season — and raise funds to buy them. Even the synagogue at the Chabad House has been overtaken by his self-assigned aid mission — to walk from the bima to the ark you need to dodge boxes of medicine, syringes and other supplies...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Chabad of Northbrook's Community Hebrew School 2015/2016 Registration Is In Full Swing!
Chicago Tribune,Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Nothbrook Chabad Hebrew School (NHCS) is a combined Sunday/Hebrew School program offering an affordable educational experience where your child will enjoy acquiring a solid foundation in Jewish education in a positive atmosphere. NCHS integrates a hands-on and in-depth teaching approach. Hebrew reading is taught using the acclaimed Aleph Champ motivational reading program. Membership is not required to join NCHS. New monthly 7th grade program. Also available Bar & Bar Mitzvah preparations.
      Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook–Northbrook, IL
Nepal: Chabad Springs Back into Action after Second Earthquake
Arutz Sheva,Tuesday, May 12, 2015
As Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he's ready to send the IDF's delegation to Nepal - which just arrived home in Israel - straight back to help deal with this morning's second deadly earthquake if need be, Nepal's Chabad Center in the capital Katmandu is also springing back into action. In a video uploaded to their Facebook page, the Center's coordinators - Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz and his wife Chani - said they had already made contact with "about 100" Israelis in the area, and were trying to get in contact with a number of other Israeli citizens scattered throughout the country...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Nepal Relives Nightmare as New Quake Rips Fresh Wounds Back Open
Times of Israel,Tuesday, May 12, 2015
...The Chabad House in the Nepali capital reported that 133 Israeli tourists took refuge at the center in Kathmandu after the quake. And as the Chabad workers did nearly three weeks ago, they are maintaining an updated list of the whereabouts of the Israeli tourists in the country...
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
20-30 Israelis in Nepal Out of Touch, Chabad Rabbi Says
Times of Israel,Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Chabad Nepal co-director Rabbi Chesky Lipshitz says 20-30 Israelis have not yet made contact with the Chabad House in Kathmandu. The quake this morning was much more strongly felt, Lipshitz tells Walla news, adding that surrogate families were in real danger. Lipshitz says that buildings that were merely damaged in the first quake two weeks ago collapsed to the ground. He says equipment left behind by the IDF was used to treat the wounded. The death toll today stands at 42, with some 1,200 injured.
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Inspiring Jewish Soul of the Week: Gillie Shanowitz
Jspace,Monday, May 11, 2015
...Gillie herself is just as interesting and inspiring as the philosophy behind the school she spearheads. Her father, Dr. Lawrence Resnick, was the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s private doctor until he passed away. Her mother, Molly Sidi Resnick, grew up as a secular Jew in Israel and was a producer at NBC and PBS. Her mother later reconnected with her Judaism at Chabad in Brazil. As the youngest of three children and only girl, Gillie herself grew up orthodox and became much more connected to the Chabad movement after the passing of the Rebbe...
      Chabad Center For Jewish Discovery–New York, NY
New Exhibit Spotlights Young Special Needs Artists
News 12 Brooklyn,Sunday, May 10, 2015
A new exhibit at the Jewish Children's Museum is putting the spotlight on some special young artists. "Uncovering the Artist Within," a collaboration between Friendship Circle of Brooklyn and the Bear Givers foundation, features work exclusively by children with special needs. The goal is to nurture the artistic talents of those with special needs...
      Tzivos Hashem–Brooklyn, NY
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