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Menachem Posner

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Rabbi Menachem Posner serves as staff editor for He lives with his family in Montreal, QC.

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Dear Friend, We are beginning the month of Elul, when we blow the shofar every day in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah. The shofar blasts serve as a wakeup call, reminding us that we will soon stand in judgement before G‑d as we crown Him King of the...
As Earthquake Strikes, a Focus on Others Chabad center in Napa Valley damaged; rabbi quickly attends to community News
Hours after a 6.0 earthquake tore through Napa Valley—now declared a disaster area by California Gov. Jerry Brown—Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum says he is thankful to G‑d that the many people he contacted are alive. “It was very violent—not a gentle rolling...
Five Days of ‘Wow’ at National Jewish Retreat, With Every Topic Under the Sun Rohr Jewish Learning Institute’s annual program, this year held in Chicago, draws 1,000 participants News
Stephanie Zighelboim says she is still coming down from what she describes as “five days in a perpetual state of ‘wow.’ ” The resident of Eau Claire, Wis., was one of 1,000 participants in the National Jewish Retreat, held this year in Chicago from Aug. 6...
Special Education Gets a Boost in South Florida Mayor and community turn out for the opening of a state-of-the-art new facility for Jewish students News
It all began in 2007 when Rabbi Yossi and Baila Gansburg purchased a former school for children with special needs to house their Chabad center, Chabad Lubavitch of Coconut Creek and West Pompano Beach in South Florida. Now, seven years and 70 students...
The Vote Is In: London Neighborhood to Mark Site of Historic Synagogue From late 19th century to end of World War II, synagogue served as focal point of a thriving Jewish community News
Thanks to an online voting contest open to the general public, the site of the historic North London Synagogue, which was built in 1868 and demolished in 1958, will now have a plaque marking its site. The Borough of Islington, a mainly residential...
French Students Get Feeling of Home at Chabad on Campus in Montreal As life for Jews heats up in France, young people can rest easy in Canada, especially with the Banons News
While most couples establishing Chabad Campus centers are not much older than the students they serve, Rabbi Shlomo and Matti Banon of Montreal, QC—and their nine children—just completed their first year working with the Jewish student body at Université...
Young Professionals' Homes Get Mezuzahs in Support of Israel For Israel and in memory of loved ones, the Simons brothers go national as part of a determined campaign News
Nic and Cat Trammell of Los Angeles just installed their very first mezuzah, as have hundreds of other young couples and singles due to an initiative of the Young Jewish Professionals of Los Angeles—a Chabad center for young adults—and has spread to more...
Why We Celebrate Yartzeits with Food On the custom of sponsoring a kiddush or tikkun on the anniversary of passing Q&A
For as long as I can remember, whenever we celebrate the yahrtzeit of a family member, we always sponsor a breakfast after morning services—and sometimes we also sponsor a kiddush reception on the Shabbat prior. Why?
‘Kids Can Make a Difference’: Doing Their Part for Israel At summer camps and for mitzvah projects, the younger set has their Jewish brethren in mind News
In day camps, overnight camps and youth programs all over, children are doing their part to support the people in Israel. In Montreal, the Lubavitch Youth Organization hosted a rally recently with some 700 children from five different day camps gathered...
Dynamic Duo Heads Back to South Dakota In a state with few Jews and little access to Jewish life, ‘Roving Rabbis’ are there to serve News
Yosef Sharfstein likes to joke that there are more Jewish people living on his block in Brooklyn, N.Y., than there are in the entire state of South Dakota—and that’s probably true. Sharfstein and a friend, Shmuel Lefkowitz of Monsey, N.Y., will spend the...
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