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Six decades later, recalling a time of hazard and hope
It was a moonless night: April 11, 1956, Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the new month of Iyar on the Jewish lunar calendar. Seventeen-year-old Leibel Alevsky, a Russian-born yeshivah student living in Jerusalem, clung to the bed of a small truck as it rum...
With Chanukah approaching, Chabad of Uzhgorod to upgrade security, increase outreach
A day after graffiti calling for “Death to Kikes” appeared on the wall of the Hesed Shpira Jewish social-services building in Uzhgorod, Western Ukraine, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Mendy Wilhelm awoke to find a threatening anti-Semitic slur spray-painted on th...
Millicent Rosen, 86, receives a proper funeral following a local rabbi’s visit to a hospice
The rabbi thought nothing of the Flamingo Hotel as he passed it on his way to a Las Vegas area hospice. Despite the glitz and glimmer that draws people to the desert city—and the grimy edge that sometimes keeps them there for good—Las Vegas is a big place...
Announcement made at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries
The landlocked East African country of Uganda is making Jewish history this year: It is the 100th country to welcome a permanent Chabad-Lubavitch presence in its midst. In October, Rabbi Moishe and Yocheved Raskin, along with their young son Menachem Mend...
Book sold out its first printing this summer and is now available once again
Every week, people arriving for Shabbat at synagogues and Chabad centers around the world are met by a free copy of the latest installment of Here’s My Story. Published by Jewish Educational Media (JEM) since the beginning of 2013, each two-sided sheet fe...
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...
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