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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
Earliest-known Printed Hebrew Book Goes on Display in Brooklyn
New York Daily News,Thursday, July 17, 2014
For a brief moment in 1475, a Hebrew printing press opened up in Regio di Calabria in southern Italy. More than 500 years later, two leaves from a book produced in that ancient shop have found their way to Crown Heights, Brooklyn. “This is the earliest Hebrew book, dated, printed,” explained Rabbi Shalom DovBer Levine, director and curator at The Library of Agudas Chasidei Chabad-Lubavitch...
      Library of Agudas Chasidei Chabad–Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky Visited Chicago Area in Honor of the Rebbe's 20th Yartzeit
Chicago Tribune - Northbrook,Thursday, July 17, 2014
Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, secretary of the Luavitcher Rebbe and Chairman of Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch, the education arm of the worldwide Lubavitch Chabad movement visited Skokie, IL on July 9th and was interviewed by Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov of Chabad of Northwest Indiana at an evening in honor of the Rebbe's 20th yartzeit held in Skokie. The event was sponsored by the 43 centers of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois.
      Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois–Chicago, IL
      Lubavitch World Headquarters–Brooklyn, NY
      Chabad Lubavitch of Northwest Indiana–Munster, IN
The Value of Support
Ynet,Thursday, July 17, 2014
Chabad strives to play a key role in lifting the spirits of Israelis - soldiers and civilians - in the face of the enemy threat.
      Tzerei Agudat Chabad H.Q. Israel–Kfar Chabad, Israel
Pacific Spirit: Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Legacy Remains Vast
Vancouver Courier,Thursday, July 17, 2014
An event last week in Vancouver marked the life of one of the most charismatic and influential Jewish leaders in history. The Rebbe, as he was (and is) known, had an impact on Jewish life that was “unique not only in our generation, but throughout Jewish history,” Rabbi Binyomin Bitton told the crowd. To understand the impact of the man is to understand something of the catastrophe and revival of Jewish life in the past century...
      Chabad of Downtown–Vancouver, BC Canada
New York Couple Names New Baby After Murdered Israeli Teens
Israel Hayom,Thursday, July 17, 2014
Chabad Jewish family has already named children after fallen soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Daniel Agami, as well as murdered baby Shalhevet Pas • Israeli couple names newborn son Tzuk Eitan, after the Hebrew name for Operation Protective Edge.
Publishing Godliness: The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Other Revolution
Jewish Review of Books,Wednesday, July 16, 2014
...The energy of modern Chabad stems in large part from the way in which Rabbi Schneerson managed to combine the distribution and publicity-minded ethos of American publishing with ritual models embedded deep in Chabad theology. Among the various “missions” or mivtzoyim with which he charged his emissaries over the years was the bayit ma’ale sefarim campaign to literally fill Jewish houses with Jewish books. Jewish literacy is an obvious goal for any outreach movement, but the Rebbe’s passion for publishing was also intrinsic to his whole theological and messianic posture...
      Kehot Publication Society–Brooklyn, NY
The Power of Friendship
Potomac Almanac - MD,Wednesday, July 16, 2014
...For Sophie, it has been life altering,” said her mother, Cindy Gottfried. “She has multiple disabilities, physical and communication disorders. She has friends at school, but she can’t meet up at the park for a play date. She doesn’t get invited to birthday parties or have the social opportunities that most kids take for granted.” Sophie and Allie, who lives in Potomac, are part of Friendship Circle, an international Jewish organization that pairs teen volunteers with special needs children. The program is designed to encourage friendships with children who often experience isolation and loneliness because of physical and developmental disabilities...
      Chabad of Potomac Village–Potomac, MD
Roving Rabbis ‘Ugnite Spark’ Among Durham’s Jewish Residents
Durham Region - NC,Wednesday, July 16, 2014
With their wide brimmed black hats and serious black suits, a pair of “Roving Rabbis” is getting plenty of curious glances as they explore Durham Region. “People do stop and look at us,” says Rabbi Yechiel Kosofsky, 25, with a smile. He and Rabbi Mendel Levin, 26, are in Durham for two weeks as part of a summer outreach program that sees more than 400 young rabbis and rabbinical students visit communities across the globe...
      Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch–Brooklyn, NY
Israeli Civilian Killed by Gaza Mortar Fire
Israel Hayom,Wednesday, July 16, 2014
...Rabbi Shlomo Margaliot, director of Chabad's volunteer trucks, said that people initially thought Hanin had been a Chabad volunteer. "This loss is difficult for all of us," he said, adding that the feeling of uncertainty near the Gaza border can be tough to deal with. "We counted our staff and made sure everyone was safe and healthy."...
      Tzerei Agudat Chabad H.Q. Israel–Kfar Chabad, Israel
      Chabad Beit Arye - Ofarim–Beit Arye, Israel
Israel Reports First Death in Latest Conflict With Hamas
Newsweek,Tuesday, July 15, 2014
...While there were unconfirmed reports that the man was a volunteer for Chabad, a Hasidic movement, the organization refuted claims that he was associated with the group this afternoon after accounting for all of its volunteers...
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
Local Rabbis React to Situation in Israel
Sun Sentinel - FL,Tuesday, July 15, 2014
...At the Chabad of East Boca Raton, a Hasidic Orthodox temple, a Friday night community dinner was held in memory of the teenagers and in support of Israel. As for prayers, Rabbi Ruvi New, director and spiritual leader of the Chabad of East Boca Raton, said the Chabad has been saying special prayers for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)...
      Chabad of East Boca Raton–Boca Raton, FL
CNY Rabbi to Lead Discussion of Biography on Menachem M. Schneerson
Syracuse Post-Standard,Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A Syracuse rabbi Thursday will lead a book discussion on a bestselling biography of Menachem M. Schneerson, called by many experts one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the 20th century. Rabbi Yakov Rapoport, director of Chabad Lubavitch of CNY and Rabbi of Chabad House at Syracuse University, will lead the discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3454 Erie Boulevard East, Dewitt...
      Chabad-Lubavitch of Central New York–Syracuse, NY
Chabad Going South
Chicago Tribune,Monday, July 14, 2014
Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois has dispatched Rabbi Mendel & Yocheved Scheiman along with their two children to Carbondale, Illinois. In one of his last appointments shortly before his sudden passing, Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz of blessed memory, the late regional director of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois, appointed the young Scheiman family to serve as Chabad representative to Southern Illinois...
      Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois–Chicago, IL
      Chabad of SIU–Carbondale, IL
Happy Challah Day
Greenwich Time - CT,Monday, July 14, 2014
...Cooper was among an estimated 180 women who gathered at Camp Gan Israel on Monday for Chabad of Greenwich's "Mega Challah Bake," an event designed to pass on the art of making challah to a new generation. In Cooper's case, she was passing down secrets to her daughter, Eliza. And what is the key to making a great challah? "It's really a different process for everyone," Cooper said...
      Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich–Greenwich, CT
Jewish Holiday Marks Mourning, Remembrance Period
The Battalion - Texas A&M,Monday, July 14, 2014
On the Hebrew calendar, Tuesday marks the 17th of Tammuz, the day of the month that begins the annual period of mourning called the Three Weeks. The Three Weeks is a time during which Jewish people remember the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, which were meant to be dwelling places on Earth for God, said Rabbi Lazaroff of the Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center. The duration of remembrance passes through the end of the month and culminates on Tisha B’Av — the day when the temples were actually destroyed on 423 BCE and 69 CE, according to chabad.org...
      Chabad Lubavitch Media Center–Brooklyn, NY
      Rohr Chabad Jewish Center at Texas A&M University–College Station, TX
Chabad to Host Mega Challah Bake
Greenwich Post,Sunday, July 13, 2014
More than 180 women will gather on the grounds of Camp Gan Israel at 270 Lake Avenue on Monday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. to participate in a “Mega Challah Bake.” Challah comes from the Hebrew word challah and refers to the two loaves of bread that form the core of the Shabbat meal. In its more biblical meaning, challah is the piece of dough that is traditionally separated and consecrated to God every time we bake bread...
      Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich–Greenwich, CT
Chabad Emissaries Eagerly Spread the Word About Judaism
Washington Post,Friday, July 11, 2014
...The Chabad emissaries, or shluchim, who staff these centers are some of Judaism’s most enthusiastic salesmen. They are typically rabbis comfortable driving around town with a loudspeaker or standing on busy street corners or organizing lively religious events such as big public dances on Jewish holidays. Among them is Rabbi Eli Backman, 45, who founded in 1995 and still runs the Chabad House at the University of Maryland at College Park. We spoke to him about Schneerson — who is usually called “the Rebbe” — and life in Chabad...
Riverside: Service for Slain Israeli Teens Stresses Unity
Press-Enterprise - Riverside, CA,Friday, July 11, 2014
As attacks are exchanged between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza — and after the slaying of three Israeli teens who were abducted and shot last month — Rabbi Shmuel M. Fuss called for unity among the Jewish people on Friday during a service for the boys at the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Riverside. “These are not soldiers. These were kids on their way home from school, in the middle of the night, snatched them away like that,” Fuss said before the service. He added, “It really rips the heart, and that’s why we came together today.”
      Chabad Jewish Community Center of Riverside–Riverside, CA
Two Jewish Camps Join Together to Raise Money and to Learn About Israel
WVTM - Birmingham, AL,Friday, July 11, 2014
...“The Jewish response to challenges has always been to up our game. The response to evil has always been to increase acts of goodness and holiness,” said Rabbi Yossi Friedman of Chabad. “We have an opportunity to pray together, to have all the children give to charity and to add holiness to our lives and the world by studying words of Torah.”...
      Chabad of Alabama–Birmingham, AL
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