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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.
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 ...
Around the world and at the Ohel, a time for reflection, learning and positive action
A bus full of passengers left Tenafly, N.J., on Tuesday for a trip to Queens, N.Y. More specifically, the group was headed to the Ohel, the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. The visit is timed to hon...
Intergenerational interactions provide life lessons for bar mitzvah-age teens
Some bar mitzvah-age boys in the U.S. Pacific Northwest who will head off to yeshivah and high schools this fall will take with them many experiences and fond memories from their current academic year. One of them is sure to be their weekly trips to Cedar...
Rabbi Levi Landa steps down from one role and into others
Cooperation among Jewish organizations is alive and well in St. Louis. More specifically, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries have been working with other outlets for the benefit of the community at large. Rabbi Levi Landa, program director of Chabad of Greater S...
In Nebraska, the celebration of Shabbat adds to the business palate
Once a year, Warren Buffett—known as the “Oracle of Omaha” for his investment choices and business acumen—holds an enormous event for company shareholders in his Nebraska hometown. It draws men and women from all over the world, though this year, there wa...
Celebrating the freedom, customs and traditions of the Jewish people
Jews the world over are counting down the hours before the start of Passover. Chabad centers are opening their doors to locals and travelers alike in nearly 85 countries, with seders being held in some 600 cities that span the globe. Over the course of th...
‘One Heart’ program participants reminisce and reconnect in Israel
A special reunion took place in Israel—one that had the power to bring the strongest and bravest of men to tears. Delegations of wounded Israeli soldiers who have traveled to New York City with the organization Belev Echad (“One Heart” in Hebrew) over the...
First-ever gala marks a surge of local learning and involvement for children and adults
Five years of Jewish growth at The Shul of Bellaire, Texas—in a city of nearly 20,000 people in southwest Houston—will be celebrated tonight at an inaugural gala with an expected attendance of nearly 250 people. The Shul’s co-directors, Rabbi Yossi and Es...
Social, religious, leisure and learning opportunities for locals and newcomers
Ben Wind, a San Antonio native in his late 20s, noticed that Jewish life in his Texas home town seemed to offer programs for young children and seniors, adults and teenagers, but there was a gap when it came to solid activities for young adults. So when h...
Thousands of Chabad centers worldwide get set for the holiday
As Brussels grapples with the aftermath of terror attacks in a world still replete with its Hamans, Jews the world over are preparing for Purim. The holiday is celebrated on the 14th of Adar, which this year corresponds to Wednesday night into Thursday, l...
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