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Karen Schwartz

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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.
Thousands of Chabad emissaries represent communities in 91 countries around the world
It felt like a family reunion. Thousands of women were hugging, waving to friends and snapping pictures in every part of the newly renovated Pier 12 Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at the Sunday-night gala banquet of the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavi...
Sisters prep to take center stage as friends, family and colleagues amass for annual conference
Four sisters who rarely get the opportunity to see each other are converging from miles away and different parts of the world this weekend to recharge—mentally, physically and spiritually—with thousands of their contemporaries and each other. They are eit...
Recognizing her parents and the growth of a desert-town community of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Two summers ago, Chaya Levertov came up with an idea: to celebrate an upcoming milestone in her family and community’s lives with a new Torah for Chabad of Scottsdale, Ariz. That high point has been reached; 2017 marks 25 years since her parents, Chabad-L...
Programs at Chabad centers give adults and kids tools to deal with intimidators
Who hasn’t experienced bullying in one form or another—as a kid on the playground, an adult at work and even among family, right at home? With a national spotlight focused on bullying—mostly in school environments but in other places as well—events at Cha...
Chabad comes to the Mexico resort city, bringing Torah study, kosher food and even weddings
Rebecca Rabinor’s son Samuel is turning 11, and thanks to the arrival of a Chabad couple to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, he has a rabbi to help him study for his bar mitzvah. Rabbi Shneur and Mushkie Hecht, co-directors of Chabad of Puerto Vallarta, came to t...
A new arrival, right after a party put on by his parents
On the second night of Chanukah, right after a party held by Rabbi Yehuda and Feigie Ceitlin of Chabad Lubavitch of Tucson, Ariz., a little miracle happened. Or rather, arrived. The party had been in the works for some time. Keya Tehrani, owner of the Cof...
Chanukah celebration a chance to network and talk digital
Natan Edelsburg, 29, knew he’d have a good time at Tuesday night’s Tech Tribe Chanukah celebration. It’s a group of people he can relate to, he says, with similar interests, where he can find friendship, mentorship and business connections. Edelsburg was ...
Celebrating with residents and tourists, be it serving up hot soup or Broadway music
Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn and his wife, Raizy, co-directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Wyoming in Jackson Hole, made 100 matzah balls for Chanukah. That’s so they can serve up hot bowls of matzah-ball soup during the snowy days ahead. They have also been making...
Young adults in Manhattan are handing out menorahs and candles to their peers
A group of young professionals in Manhattan is taking Chanukah to the next level this year. They gathered ahead of the holiday for an evening of inspiration and pre-Chanukah celebration, and left with bags of menorah kits to distribute as part of the “Amb...
Menorahs to glow indoors, outdoors, in big cities, small towns and on roads everywhere
Rabbi Zalman Levitin, co-director of the Chabad of Northern Palm Beach Island in Palm Beach, Fla., is thrilled that Chanukah falls over winter break for schools this year. That means his crowd will multiply as children and grandchildren head south to visi...
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