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Rebuilding begins slowly as aid shifts in the right direction
On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Asher Federman and two young rabbis set out on foot, armed with a shofar, to blow the ram’s horn for the Jews of St. Thomas. They visited local Jewish community members at their homes—people whose lives had been s...
Major damage feared on island that has been a primary conduit for Caribbean aid
Until Monday, Puerto Rico was the primary conduit of aid for the Caribbean islands struck hard by Hurricane Irma. Now it is preparing to take its own direct hit from Hurricane Maria, projected to be the strongest storm to strike the island in nearly a cen...
Rabbi prepares for Rosh Hashanah and a new onslaught of severe weather
A second hurricane is barreling through the Caribbean just weeks after Irma landed with force. Hurricane Maria, which on Monday destroyed much of the island nation of Dominica, is currently being classified as a Category 5 storm approaching St. Thomas, wh...
Caring for islanders’ spiritual and material welfare after Irma's devastation
Before Hurricane Irma, many of the Jewish community’s events on the island of St. Thomas were held outdoors under a large wooden trellis built in the front yard of Chabad of the Virgin Islands. That’s gone now. Irma tore the roof off of a resort a half-mi...
Rabbi checks on community members, hands out stocks of food and water
It’s been a long three days on the island of St. Martin. On Tuesday evening, it was an idyllic tropical getaway. By 10 a.m. the next morning, it was a decimated shadow of itself, having taken six hours of pummeling from Hurricane Irma. Shocking photos sho...
Family of five hovered inside while the winds howled; power could be out for weeks
When Hurricane Irma bashed the island of St. Martin around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Rabbi Moishe and Sara Chanowitz, co-directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of St. Maarten/St.Martin, and their five children, were hunkering down in their partially built Chabad center...
Tomchei Temimim branch returns to Malakhovka, a suburb of Moscow
Moscow’s suburb of Malakhovka was long known as a Jewish shtetl. The artist Marc Chagall once taught art there at a home for Jewish war orphans. Yiddish could be heard shouted in its marketplace as late even as the 1980s. Jews prayed in the town’s little ...
Trucking company said they had no way of getting into Houston
With much of Houston’s kosher-food supplies ruined by catastrophic floods, the first refrigerated truck with kosher staples arrived in Houston late last week just in time for Shabbat. The driver? Rabbi Dov Mandel, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Fort Wort...
Donors can ‘pick up’ basic supplies from online store for Houston residents
For people looking for another way to help those impacted by the flooding in the Houston region, Chabad-Lubavitch Center, Texas Regional Headquarters has created an Amazon Wish List with basic items that are desperately needed as supplies run out. Naomi B...
Chabad of Houston is organizing truckfuls of supplies from Miami and New York
Houston has always had a limited amount of kosher food. Even as its Jewish population has rapidly grown in recent years, as has the general population, it remains geographically distant from kosher manufacturing bases on the coasts and the heartland. Each...
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