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Karen Schwartz is a freelance writer whose stories have appeared in the New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Detroit Jewish News and Red Thread magazine. A Columbia University Journalism School graduate, she hails from Detroit and currently resides in Brooklyn.
75 years after the Rebbe’s arrival in the U.S., Chabad launches center in 50th state
If there was a natural theme to this year’s gala banquet that concluded the four-day annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim), it was related to an inspirational milestone announced 75 years after the Rebbe—Rabbi M...
Participants leave New York energized and ready for greater commitment to Jewish observance
As 1,200 college students prepared to leave the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., earlier this week after the invigorating “JewFest” Shabbaton experience, their last stop was the Ohel in Queens, N.Y., the resting place of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menac...
International Shabbaton creates connections through learning, mitzvahs and social activities
By car, train, bus and plane, Jewish college students are traveling to New York for “JewFest,” the annual International Chabad on Campus Shabbaton. The weekend of programming, which starts in full force on Friday and lasts through Sunday, includes educati...
Growing roster of programs and events for singles and young couples in Brickell
Rachel Bicky had jotted down a “girls night out” on her calendar on a recent Thursday night. Her plan: to join other women in Miami for a “Mega Challah Bake” workshop at a Chabad center in the downtown neighborhood of Brickell, where she would learn to pr...
Opening up to Jewish opinions and offering the chance to perform a mitzvah on campus
The Chabad House at Washington University in St. Louis is getting ready for a historic weekend. On Sunday, the school will host round two of the U.S. presidential debates. Ahead of that, the Chabad House, co-directed by Rabbi Hershey and Chana Novack, is ...
A time to contemplate how to make the new year different
Rabbi Chaim Wolosow, co-director of the Chabad Center of Sharon, Mass., is getting ready for the crowds this High Holiday season. Anywhere from 200 to 300 people are expected to fill the seats in the Sharon synagogue over Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Yea...
Celebrating a multi-story villa and scroll of their own, with an eye towards future growth
Chabad Lubavitch of Angola celebrated its grand opening on Sunday and welcomed a Torah written specifically for their community. About 150 people gathered midday for ribbon-cutting ceremonies for both the building and the synagogue, and also watched as me...
A small local project snowballs into a growing effort abroad
Some very special gifts are making their way to Odessa, Ukraine, for children in Chabad’s Mishpacha orphanage, thanks to the efforts of a group of women in New Jersey. About 60 women gathered recently for an annual event hosted by community member Renata ...
On Grandparents Day, a chance to spin some wheels and raise funds for Jewish programs
Lawrence Rekblatt, 22, is getting ready to ride in a bike-a-thon to honor senior citizens. Organized through Chabad’s United Jewish Generations program in North Miami Beach, Fla., the ride will bring different generations together on Grandparents Day, whi...
Strengthening a small French-speaking community with a long history
When Noemie Stanleigh arrived in Quebec City two years ago, the metropolitan area had been without a mikvah for decades. She and her husband Yoni moved with their five children to Quebec City from Jerusalem for a training program, a fellowship that would ...
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