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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 Hosts Jewish Pop Art Exhibit
Your Houston News - TX,Thursday, July 30, 2015
Rabbi Yitzchok Moully’s art stands at a confluence of ancient traditions and modern techniques. He uses silkscreen in the style of Andy Warhol and bright colors that bring a fresh vibrancy to his subjects—classic Judaic and Hasidic images, such as bearded and hat-wearing Hasidic men dancing. On August 3, Chabad of The Woodlands will exhibit Moully’s art at an event that will include a talk by the artist. “It’s a rare blend,” said Rabbi Mendel Blecher of Chabad of the Woodlands. “I think for a lot of Jewish people, this is a type of event and a type of artist that will shatter misconceptions, and that’s why I think it’s so intriguing and that’s why we’re doing it.”...
      Chabad of The Woodlands–Spring, TX
Tweet From Across the Pond Makes Poem by Crown Heights Teen Go Viral
DNAinfo,Wednesday, July 29, 2015
...Though the poem was entered in a poetry contest and published in a magazine for Orthodox Jewish woman — Gorkin’s family is Lubavitch — the piece didn’t go viral until a man from London tweeted a photo of the poem posted on a London wall on July 22, according to Chabad.org. Gorkin said she was inspired to write the poem by the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, saying he taught that, “when you change your perspective, other things change as well,” she told the Chabad news service...
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
Holocaust Survivor to Speak in Folsom
Folsom Telegraph - CA,Wednesday, July 29, 2015
...“It is imperative that every person, especially our youth, hear Albert Rosa’s presentation,” said Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum, director of Chabad Jewish Community Center in Folsom. “Hearing a firsthand account of this dark part of recent history will help us avoid the repetition of such terrible events.” Rosa said this will be his first time speaking in Folsom. “It was a very traumatic experience for me and I have suffered. I even had to go into a mental hospital after coming to the United States,” Rosa said. “After my children found out about my time in concentration camps, they told me that it was my duty to go out and tell my story...
      Chabad Jewish Community Center of Folsom–Folsom, CA
Hope, Lost and Found, for Ukraine's Jews
JNS,Wednesday, July 29, 2015
...Thankfully for those in Dnepropetrovsk, Chabad’s Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, the local chief rabbi, has set the tone for community cooperation at this challenging time and works closely with all the major Jewish groups engaged in efforts to help the Jews of his city and throughout Ukraine. The air of positivity he has fostered has elevated not just Jews in need, but also the local professionals providing services to the needy and visitors, like us, demonstrating solidarity with those Jews impacted by the humanitarian crisis...
      Chabad of Dnepropetrovsk–Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
Cyclists Travel Across Country, Spread Message
WTHITV 10 - Terre Haute, IN,Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Some bicyclists are riding from San Diego and New York with a message of inclusion. News 10 caught up with them when they stopped Tuesday evening in Terre Haute. The Bike 4 Friendship Tour raises money for the Friendship Circle. The Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that help families with special needs children. The organization places importance on friendships and inclusion for everyone...
      The Shluchim Office–Brooklyn, NY
‘Mitzvah Tanks’ to visit 70 Russian Cities
JNi.Media,Monday, July 27, 2015
...According to Interfax, Synagogues on Wheels will visit more than 70 Russian cities this summer. Participants in this expedition — young Chabad rabbis and yeshiva students from Russia, Israel and the former Soviet republics — study Jewish life in Central Russia, the Volga region, the Southern federal District, the Urals and Crimea. “We are by right considered to be the most dynamically developing Jewish community in the Diaspora,” Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, a Lubavitcher, said in a statement. “Some people may think we can stop and rest now. But we understand very well that our task is to carry the light of Jewishness...
      Chief Rabbinate of Russia–Moscow, Russia
Brooklyn Girl Behind Viral 'Worst Day Ever' Poem Speaks Exclusively With 1010 WINS
CBS NY,Monday, July 27, 2015
A Brooklyn girl’s poem is taking over the Internet. Chanie Gorkin, a 17-year-old about to enter the 12th grade at the Lubavitch high school Beth Rivkah, originally wrote the poem entitled “Worst Day Ever?” for an assignment at school. “I don’t think there is such a thing as the worst day ever,” Gorkin told 1010 WINS in an exclusive interview Monday. “I wanted to show how your day is really based on how you look at things.” The poem is inspired by Talmudic teachings...
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Seeks to Aid, Educate Local Jews
Sierra Vista Herald - AZ,Monday, July 27, 2015
Following a recent visit to Sierra Vista and the surrounding area, a New York-based rabbi is investigating the possibility of relocating to the area to provide long-needed programs and services to the local Jewish community. During his 10 day visit, which he called “remarkable,” Rabbi Ben Zion Shemtov said he met with more than 30 people from Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Green Valley and elsewhere in an effort to learn about the level of involvement they have in their faith and what kind of religious educational help he could provide to those who wanted it. “I had a nice opportunity to discuss their backgrounds in Judaism as well as what they would like to see in the future,” Shemtov said...
      Chabad Lubavitch of Tucson–Tucson, AZ
Bike-4-Friendship Cyclists Roll in to FOX 2
KTVI - S. Louis, MO,Monday, July 27, 2015
In an effort to raise awareness and funds for programs that support children with special needs, 11 men from around the country have joined Investors Bank Bike 4 Friendship. It’s a 3,100 mile cycling trip from San Diego to New York. The Investors Bank Bike-4-Friendship trip will be passing through St. Louis on Monday, July 27 2015. Binyomin Muller, Moshe Teitelbaum and Medel Landa joined FOX 2 News in the Morning to tell us more...
Teen's Poem About 'Bad Day' Goes Viral After London Man Finds It in a Bar
Yahoo News Canada,Monday, July 27, 2015
...According to TODAY.com, the young poet is volunteering at a summer camp until the end of August. Therefore, she’s unavailable for comment but her mother has been talking to the media. “I think Chanie’s poem has become popular because there’s a lot of darkness in this world, and something uplifting like this really resonates,” her mother told Chabad.org. “Words from the heart enter the heart. I think Chanie’s sincerity was felt through her words.”
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
How Brooklyn Girl Chanie Gorkin's Poem Became a Global Sensation
News.com.au,Sunday, July 26, 2015
...Mr Joice was so taken with the clever poem, he photographed and posted it to Twitter, which resulted in thousands of shares on social media. The uplifting poem — ironically titled “Worst Day Ever?” — has since been translated into multiple languages, including Hebrew, Chinese and Russian. Her father, Baruch Gorkin, posted some of the translations to his Facebook page. Chanie’s brother, Shimon Gorkin, proudly posted: “That’s my sister!”...
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
N.Y. Hasidic Teen's Poem About Day in Her Life Goes Viral
JTA,Sunday, July 26, 2015
A poem by a Hasidic teenage girl from Brooklyn has gone viral on social media. “Worst Day Ever?” by Chanie Gorkin was first posted last year on the Poetry Nation website, where Gorkin is a member. The poem was published in a collection of poems titled “Beyond the Sea: Odyssey” and put Gorkin, of the Crown Heights neighborhood, in the semifinals of the website’s July to December 2014 contest...
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
Faith Education: Chabad of the East Valley Offers Hybrid Learning
East Valley Tribune - AZ,Sunday, July 26, 2015
...“The Reggio Philosophy is basically child centered and it’s child-lead learning,” said Sarah Saltzman, who’s son graduated from the program. “It’s a way to stimulate the children’s imagination.” Saltzman said the curriculum is not meant to be separate from the faith-based learning; it’s a way to make it a daily routine for the children. “All of the concepts are being kind and respectful to people, and those are deeply rooted in Judaism and also in everyday life,” she said. “I just think that the Chabad message is warm and encompassing of everyone. It’s none judgmental and the things that they teach are things that I love for my son to learn...
      Chabad of the East Valley–Chandler, AZ
A Brooklyn Girl's Poem Is a Global Sensation
New York Post,Saturday, July 25, 2015
A Hasidic girl from Brooklyn wrote a clever poem that spread like wildfire online and became a hit in London this week. Chanie Gorkin, a junior at the all-girls Lubavitch high school Beth Rivkah in Crown Heights, jotted down the lines for a class assignment last year and then published it on PoetryNation.com...
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Teen's Poem About 'Worst Day Ever' Goes Viral Worldwide
WPIX-TV - Brooklyn, NY,Saturday, July 25, 2015
A Brooklyn teen’s poem with an uplifting message has gone viral around the globe. According to the New York Post, Chanie Gorkin, a junior at the all-girls Lubavitch high school Beth Rivkah in Crown Heights penned the poem for a school assignment last year. After the assignment, she posted the poem, titled “Worst Day Ever?” to PoetryNation.com...
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
Chabad’s ‘Roving Rabbis’ Dispersed on Tisha B’Av
Jewish Press,Saturday, July 25, 2015
...Rabbi Peretz Lazaroff is among the new rabbinic globetrotters, along with Rabbi Yisroel Wolff. The two are on the Caribbean island of Curaçao with a local congregation that is bereft of a rabbi. Lazaroff told Chabad.org last week they had not yet ironed out the details of where they would spend their meals before and after the fast. Regardless, he said, “we will certainly be in the synagogue with the very lovely people we’ve been meeting since our arrival, and we are doing our utmost to muster up a minyan so we can hold full services...
      Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
Hidden Meaning Behind Poem Will Brighten Your Day
Telegraph,Friday, July 24, 2015
After a long day it's easy to be negative about everything and forget about the positives. But this poem gives us all a little bit of perspective. The poem, believed to have been found on Holloway Road, London, has gone viral because it has two alternate meanings. The sad tone of the poem is flipped on to its head when readers see the last line, which, when read backwards, reveals a more inspiring message. The poem appears to be the work of Chanie Gorkin, an 11th grade student from Brooklyn, New York. A photo of the poem was shared on Twitter and has nearly 400 retweets and over 200 favourites.
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Teen's 'Bad Day' Poem Goes Viral After London Man Finds It in a Bar
Today,Friday, July 24, 2015
..."I think it took her about an hour. She showed it to me and I was like 'What? You just whipped this up like a recipe.' I was pretty impressed," Gorkin says. Even though the assignment required the students to focus on the worst day ever, Chanie took inspiration from Hasidic teachings and decided to focus on the good that's inherent in the bad. While Gorkin says that some read the poem as a little too "Pollyannaish," she says her daughter understands that life can be complex. But the poem speaks to the times in life when a positive outlook can make a difference (as it clearly did with Joice)...
Is Test-Tube Meat Kosher?
Haaretz,Friday, July 24, 2015
...it's not exactly miraculous in the heavenly sense, notes Chabad's Yehuda Shurpin. The meat is not kosher if its central component is not kosher – even if it contains only a miniscule quantity of that ingredient – and it is not fit for human consumption at all if it contains any mean taken from a live animal, Shurpin writes. And then there's the rabbinic prohibition against doing something that looks “misleadingly similar” to forbidden activity, he notes...
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
This Viral Poem Might Make Your Day Better, but It Depends How You Look at It
MTV,Friday, July 24, 2015
...Joice adds, “London’s a really tough city to live in sometimes. It can sometimes feel like a constant financial and emotional drain. Sometimes all you need is the right attitude and better luck will find its way towards you.” People wondering who could have possibly written the brilliant poem should look no further than Chanie Gorkin of Brooklyn, NY — an 11th grader...
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
How a New York Teen's Secretly Inspirational Poem Went Viral
ABC News,Friday, July 24, 2015
...The poem originated as a school assignment in which the students were told to write about their worst day ever, Dena Gorkin said, adding that her family is Hasidic and studies Hasidic philosophy. "One of the major tenets of Hasidic philosophy is that the mind rules over the heart, that we are able to channel our emotions to the positive ... that there is God in everything, and it is part of our mission in life to look for the good, and to find it and to spread it," Gorkin said...
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
Naperville Community Hebrew School
Chicago Tribune,Thursday, July 23, 2015
Are you looking for the perfect Sunday-Hebrew School for your child? Chabad Jewish Center of Naperville is excited to begin it's 10th year of Hebrew-School beginning in September. The program offers games, incentives, crafts, dramatics, family celebrations and other exciting activities. The lessons learned here will stay with your child for a lifetime, imbuing their lives with a sense of pride, purpose, identity and confidence. When your child is ready for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah training, we will prepare your child for this auspicious day by providing private tutoring to enable him/her to be ready for the BIG day!...
      Chabad Jewish Center of Naperville–Naperville, IL
Teenager's 'Negative Poem' Is Seriously Inspiring If You Read It Backwards
Huffington Post UK,Thursday, July 23, 2015
...The image has since been posted on Imgur, where more than 1 million people have viewed the inspirational words. The work is reportedly the work of Chanie Gorkin, a secondary school pupil from Brooklyn in New York. We don't know about you, but we think she's got a bright future ahead of her.
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
This Mysterious Poem Is Cheering up London
Mashable,Thursday, July 23, 2015
...Londoner Ronnie Joice spotted the poem tacked to the wall of a bar in North London, but it may in fact have come from across the Atlantic. The poem can be found on poetrynation.com with the title "Worst Day Ever?", and the author is credited as Chanie Gorkin – a high school student from New York. (Yep, that's right – this poem may actually have been written by someone who hasn't even left school yet.)...
      Associated Beth Rivkah Schools–Brooklyn, NY
Solon Chabad: Only Jewish Institution in City Maintains Its Focus on Children
Cleveland Jewish News,Thursday, July 23, 2015
...“I tell parents they’re here just to bring the child,” Greenberg said with a smile. “That’s the entrance ticket. “The parents know we’re not here to change (the children). We want the child to have a positive emotional connection to Judaism. It should be in his heart; he should love it.” Miriam Greenberg, the synagogue’s Hebrew school director and activity coordinator, said one can hear the sound of children’s voices in the building seven days a week. “We have kids here every day for preschool, Sunday school, camp, services or programs,” Zushe Greenberg said. “It’s a true 24-7.”...
      Chabad Jewish Center of Solon–Solon, OH
Letter: Why You Should Thank Your Local Chabad for Running a Day Camp
Greenwich Post - CT,Thursday, July 23, 2015
...But, camp does not end when summer does. The “family” and network of “Gan” families translates into cherished future play-dates for one’s child; an offer to babysit older children upon the birth of a new baby; the priceless gift of community in which one gets to spend Rosh Hashanah at the Shul teeming with Camp Gan kids. Now when one’s child tastes apples and honey — they are literally tasting the unity of the Jewish people — as their summer bunkmates and best friends from camp are present at Shul. “Eden” miraculously blooms into a support-group for all Jewish families in the community. A loving family that continues to provide Ruach and Unity all school year long...
      Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich–Greenwich, CT
For Deaf Campers, a Sign of Acceptance
NJJN,Wednesday, July 22, 2015
It’s quiet in a classroom at Camp Gan Israel, where Bunk 6 is learning about Jewish wedding customs from Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff. Tonight’s activity will be a mock wedding, and he wants to make sure they will be ready. There’s an occasional giggle, and some foot stamping and hand waving to get people’s attention, and plenty of signing. But no one is talking or shouting or even whispering. Soudakoff is profoundly deaf, and so are the eight girls, ages nine-16, seated on the bench in front of him...
Greenwich Seniors Visit Camp Gan of Israel
Greenwich Post - CT,Wednesday, July 22, 2015
On Wednesday, July 22 Camp Gan Israel campers hosted Greenwich Senior Citizens to join them for cooking activities, card playing, bingo, singing of camp songs and light hearted intergenerational quality time. The campers learned the importance of respecting their elders, serving others in the wider community and practicing the art of hospitality. Charitable outreach to Greenwich’s Seniors is an important yearly summer activity that Camp Gan Israel of Greenwich campers carry out...
      Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich–Greenwich, CT
Pre-Tisha B'Av Unity in Jerusalem
Arutz Sheva,Wednesday, July 22, 2015
...The Friendship Circle is the fastest growing Jewish organization promoting friendship and inclusion for children with special needs by pairing them with teenage volunteers for weekly hours of camaraderie and social activities. The event first highlighted the hundreds of weekly volunteer hours invested by teenaged girls around the city with special-needs children. It also focused on a very well-known Klezmer clarinetist – and his family's 24/7 acts of kindness that led them to adopt two Down Syndrome children, one of whom charmed the audience (see below)...
      Chabad Center of Talbiyeh–Jerusalem, Israel
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