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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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Israeli Sherpa ‘Pony Express’ Saved Hundreds in Nepal Blizzard
Jewish Press,Monday, October 20, 2014
...Rabbi Yechezkel Lifshiftz, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Kathmandu and head of the Chabad House, responded to the flood of emails from worried parents and constantly updated a Google spreadsheet with data on Israelis who were out in the storm. Israeli volunteers helped work the phones and exchange information with the Israeli Embassy...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Young, Diverse, and Full of Moxie, Detroit's Jewish Community is Making a Comeback
Model D,Monday, October 20, 2014
...Pinson wants to provide a mooring for young Detroit Jews between the time they leave college and get married. He doesn't see the established suburban Jewish community as being incredibly appealing to millennials. "We're trying to model ourselves after Jewish communities in places like New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago, which have strong urban environments," Pinson says. "It's a very unique Chabad organization. We're not necessarily following a trend of Jewish migration as much as we are trying to create the environment where people would be comfortable moving."...
      Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit –Detroit, MI
Exciting Class on Jewish Positive Psychology in North Metro Denver
Boulder Jewish News,Monday, October 20, 2014
The Jewish Learning Institute’s Newest Class Looks at Positive Psychology through the 3,000-year-old lens of Jewish thought. Westminster,Colorado – When Israeli-born psychologist Tal Ben-Shahar began teaching a class called Positive Psychology at Harvard in 2006, a record 855 undergraduate students signed up for his class. Droves of students at the academically-intense university came to learn, as the course description puts it, about “psychological aspects of a fulfilling and flourishing life.”...
      Chabad of NW Metro Denver–Westminster, CO
      The Jewish Learning Institute–Brooklyn, NY
Missing Israeli Hiker’s Body Found in Nepal
AFP/Times of Israel,Monday, October 20, 2014
...Cherkasky, 36, was last seen by survivors of the storm stumbling and struggling to hike in the scenic Annapurna Circuit, Chabad emissary to Nepal Chani Lifshitz told Israel’s Channel 10 news...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Nepal's Chabad Rebbetzin: We Were So Hoping to Find Michal Alive
Arutz Sheva,Monday, October 20, 2014
Rebbetzin Chani Lifshitz, half of the Chabad emissary team in Kathmandu, Nepal, spoke about finding the body of Michal Cherkesky, who had gone missing during the recent avalanche. "This morning we had to announce the discovery of the body of dear Michal," the Rebbetzin said. "But right up until now we still kept hoping that we would find her alive," she added.
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
A Bittersweet Rebirth for India’s Jews
Financial Times,Monday, October 20, 2014
Nariman House, a Jewish cultural centre in southern Mumbai, looks more than a little like a fortress. Heavy gates separate its entrance from the teeming, narrow street outside, while thick, bombproof doors guard the interior courtyard. Such precautions seem grimly appropriate, given the heritage of this spindly six-storey building, which reopened recently having been a victim of the 2008 terror attacks on India’s financial capital – a city whose emergence as a commercial centre, in turn, owes a debt to its small but prominent Jewish population...
      Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai–Mumbai, India
Nepal Tragedy Reverberates Across Borders
New York Times,Monday, October 20, 2014
...Scott Copeland, her uncle, speaking on the phone from the family’s home in southern Israel, described her as a deeply religious woman, and a “boundary breaker.” He said that after her work in Gaza over the summer, “it was time for a little bit of a break.” “The situation in Israel is strict,” said Chani Lifshitz, the wife of the rabbi of Chabad House who had been coordinating with the Israeli embassy in Nepal. She said that many of the Israeli travelers that come to Nepaldo so after three years of mandatory military service, sometimes involving combat and the deaths of friends on the battlefield...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Plane Carrying 7 Injured Israelis Arrives from Nepal
Arutz Sheva,Sunday, October 19, 2014
...Israeli Rabbi Hezki Lifshitz, who runs Nepal's Chabad Center in Kathmandu, has been updating the list of Israeli hikers and helping to make contact between them and their families in Israel. The rabbi told Arutz Sheva on Wednesday that the number of dead Israelis is liable to rise still further...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Joy and Sorrow as Avalanche Survivors Celebrate Simchat Torah
Arutz Sheva,Sunday, October 19, 2014
Emotions are running high in Nepal, Rabbi Hezki Lifshitz, the Chabad Lubavtich envoy in Kathmandu, stated in an Arutz Sheva interview Sunday, as a search-and-rescue effort for survivors of last week's avalanche continues. "There is an Air Force delegation here to assist trauma victims," Lifshitz noted. He escorted injured Israelis to local hospitals and to the airport to arrive in Israel for medical treatment. "People continue to flow to the area at all times, but there are still a number of missing persons - an, as you know, we are all fearing for the life of one of them."...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Chabad Movement Growing on Long Island
Newsday - Long Island, NY,Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Orthodox Chabad Lubavitch movement on Long Island is showing rapid growth, with the number of its centers more than doubling during a time when synagogues have merged, lost members or closed. Long Island now is home to 32 Chabad centers, compared with 14 in 2000, and 45 Chabad rabbis, a big jump from 17 rabbis in 2000. The growth mirrors an international trend: Worldwide, there are an estimated 4,100 Chabad rabbis, compared with 1,800 in 2000. The number of Chabad centers has at least doubled in that period -- to 3,500, the group says...
      Chabad of Mineola–Mineola, NY
      Dix Hills Jewish Chai Center–Dix Hills, NY
      Chabad of Mid Suffolk–Commack, NY
Three Israelis Die in Nepal Blizzard, One Missing
Haaretz/AP/DPA,Friday, October 17, 2014
...Rabbi David Slavin, director of Chabad in Nepal, said uncertainty prevails in the region. “We know that approximately 200 Israelis are in the region, the majority of whom have been evacuated, however we still don’t have an exact number of missing people,” he said. The Chabad House in Nepal has set up a situation room, which has been flooded with phone calls from concerned relatives. On Chabad Nepal’s Facebook page, relatives have been posting messages trying to ascertain the whereabouts of their loved ones...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Anatomy of a Disaster in the Snows of Nepal
Times of Israel,Friday, October 17, 2014
...Chabad, led by Rav Chezky Lifschultz, was checking its own lists, visiting the sick, tending to the dead, and, as usual, doing all in its power to help others in times of crisis. Tevel b’Tzedek’s young staff and volunteers were tending to their hospitalized peers, bringing them everything from kosher food to SIM cards that would give them internet access, along with clothes and books...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Nepal Avalanche: Israeli Death Count Could Still Rise
Arutz Sheva,Thursday, October 16, 2014
...The Chabad Center had played an active role in relief efforts following the avalanche, receiving dozens of frostbite victims and providing them with support and treatment where necessary. "The ones operating in the field are the Nepalese army. That said, we are here to provide support as required to the Israeli Embassy staff and to Israeli tourists," he added. "We are trying in every way possible to reach as many hikers as we can who are still trapped on the ground." He said Chabad volunteers were helping to locate people still stranded...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
Jewish Community Celebrates in the Sukka
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra,Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Members of the Lubavitch Shul in the Park congregation gathered recently to mark the Sukkos Feast of Tabernacles. Rabbi Mendel Jacobs hosted breakfast at the Shul’s autumnal sukka, as well as sharing tea and shaking lulov and esrog with residents of Burnfield and Westacres care homes...
      The Shul in The Park–Glasgow, Scotland
Folsom Rabbi Takes Holiday on the Road with Sukkah Mobile
Sacramento Bee,Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Folsom Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum is bringing the ancient Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot directly to local Jews this week with his Sukkah Mobile – a white Ford pickup equipped with a tall lattice-work hut, or sukkah. More than 75 people have climbed into the pickup truck’s bed to receive a blessing that celebrates unity, joy and 3,326 years of Jewish tradition...
      Chabad Jewish Community Center of Folsom–Folsom, CA
Lubavitch Chabad Sukkahmobile Travels the Community for Sukkot
Skokie Review - Chicago Sun Times,Wednesday, October 15, 2014
...“The Sukkahmobile just shows that Judaism does travel,” she said. “It’s a way to spread our culture. It’s just a way to bring the Jewish community together because not everyone is able to build a Sukkah at their house so something like this — especially with kids — allows them to get that knowledge of what the Sukkah is and what importance it has to the holiday.” The Sukkahmobile, though, hasn’t only visited kids. It has traveled throughout the community and been well received everywhere it has gone...
      Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie–Skokie, IL
In Photos: Rabbi Goes Mobile for Sukkot
Globe and Mail,Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky spent the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot driving his mobile Sukkah from campus to campus in Ottawa. The temporary wood shelter symbolizes life's ephemerality and is typically erected behind homes with the tradition of eating every meal in it. But because of the holiday coinciding with midterms, many students can't fulfill the custom. So, Boyarsky, a rabbi for the Rohr Chabad Student Network of Ottawa, brought the sukkah to them...
      Rohr Chabad Student Network of Ottawa–Ottawa, ON Canada
Unrolling the Scroll - Photo
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix,Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Rabbi Laibel Blotner offers students at Chabad of Mesa’s Hebrew school a close-up look at a Torah scroll as they prepare for Simchat Torah.
      Chabad-Lubavitch of Mesa–Mesa, AZ
Chabad to Celebrate Simchat Torah
Agoura Hills Acorn,Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Chabad will celebrate the holiday of Simchat Torah with a community Hakafot dancing festival at 7 p.m. today, Thurs., Oct. 16 at Chabad of Agoura Hills, 30345 Canwood St., and Chabad of Westl ake Village, 2524 Townsgate Road. An additional Simchat Torah service will take place at at 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 16 at Willow Elementary School, 29026 Laro Drive, Agoura Hills...
      Chabad of the Conejo–Agoura Hills, CA
      Chabad of Westlake Village–Westlake Village, CA
Local Rabbi Takes Traditional Sukkah on the Road - Photos
Sacramento Bee,Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum in his 'Sukkah Mobile' in Folsom on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. He is holding a laluv and etrog set which is part of the Sukkot celebration. The laluv is a bundle of willow, myrtle, and date palm, etrog is a type of citrus fruit. Grossbaum built a Sukkah hut and put it in the back of a truck so he can take it all over town to Jews and gentiles alike. So far, Grossman's gone to private homes and businesses...
      Chabad Jewish Community Center of Folsom–Folsom, CA
Phone Calls from Worried Parents Flood Kathmandu Chabad Rabbi
Arutz Sheva,Wednesday, October 15, 2014
...Lifshitz spoke about receiving phone calls from backpackers and concerned parents, fearing the worst, all trying to get information about their children, relatives, or friends in the area...
      Chabad House of Kathmandu–Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal
If the Jew Doesn’t Come to the Sukkah, the Sukkah Will Come to the Jew
Haaretz,Tuesday, October 14, 2014
...So how does Duchman find Jews to observe the mitzvah? The mobile sukkah invites interaction, and people often approach him when they see it. The mobile sukkah arouses a great deal of excitement on the street, and is greeted by smiles and waves from both Jews and non-Jews. Recently one of the sukkah pedicabs had a flat tire, and the owner of a bicycle store was so eager to help that he didn’t let the Chabadniks pay him...
Reports of Anti-semitism in Odessa Highlights Use of Jews in Wartime Propaganda
Jerusalem Post,Sunday, October 12, 2014
...“People are worried [about us],” Chabad emissary Rabbi Avrohom Wolf said in a telephone interview on Sunday. “We received hundreds of emails and calls. We clarified what happened and there were no anti-Semitic incidents.” According to the rabbi and other communal figures, there “has been no rise in anti-Semitism.”...
      Jewish Community of Odessa–Odessa, Ukraine
Have Sukkah, Will Travel
Times of Israel,Sunday, October 12, 2014
...The yeshiva student enjoys the workout he gets from propelling the portable sukkah forward. “It’s great exercise. During the intermediate days of the holiday, I spend about eight hours on the average day riding around town and engaging Jews,” he said. “It generates a great deal of excitement and we get a lot of waves and smiles, from Jews and non Jews. Most of all, I think people are happy to see our heritage being celebrated openly and proudly.”
Sukkot -- the Festival of Booths -- celebrated by Jewish Long Islanders
Newsday - LI, NY,Sunday, October 12, 2014
...Yaakov Raskin, a rabbi with the Hasidic Chabad movement, said a mobile sukkah built by Chabad will visit several communities, including his home base of Huntington, so more people can learn about the festival. The sukkah, he said, "just becomes like our second home."
      Chabad of Huntington & Melville–Melville, NY
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