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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.

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Campus Chabads to Host ‘French-Themed’ Shabbat Dinners Discussions, Torah learning and support for French Jewry at the holy Friday-night meal News
With terrorist murders in France, as well as growing campus anti-Semitism on the minds of Jewish students everywhere, some Chabad on Campus chapters are making special efforts this Shabbat to feature French-themed Shabbat dinners in a show of unity and...
Chanukah Turns Tech at Events in New York and Chicago Introducing a 3D-printed menorah, fostering interest in tech-savvy ideas with Jewish themes News
This Chanukah, instead of heading to a party at a synagogue or a bustling outdoor celebration, Kayla Epstein, 24, found herself in Brooklyn, N.Y., surrounded by others also interested in both the holiday and technology. She was one of about 30 guests at...
Calling All Students: Menorahs, Dreidels and Jewish Identity, With a College Spin Chabad on Campus emissaries work to bring Chanukah light and a little levity in the midst of final exams News
The arrival of Chanukah tonight comes at the same time as finals week on many college campuses across North America, and lots of students will be burning their candles at both ends as they study for and take their last exams of the semester, while...
Jewish Leaders Mix and Meet at Chabad Partners Conference A town-hall meeting, plenary session and workshops prior to the Kinus gala banquet News
The Chabad Partners Conference on Sunday brought together some 250 leaders in Jewish communities around the world ahead of the evening’s gala banquet at the annual Kinus Hashluchim, the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries. The men...
Celebration and Inspiration Resonate at Annual Chabad Gala A total of 5,200 rabbis and guests focus on the Rebbe’s ongoing influence, 20 years later News
Rabbi Berel Pewzner, 26, has been to the annual Kinus Hashluchim—the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries—before, but this year was different. This was his first time attending the event as an official shaliach—a Chabad emissary—as...
Recharged and Refocused After International Campus Shabbaton An educational, social and spiritual three-day program creates lasting imprints for a pivotal age group News
David Stein, 18, has been hearing about the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., his whole life. Last weekend, he finally got to see it and even stay there for Shabbat as part of the annual Chabad on Campus International Shabbaton. The three-day...
At Home in Hoboken: The City’s First New Synagogue in a Century Brand-new Chabad center caters to Jews of all ages in a popular commuter city just outside New York News
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot seemed significantly different for Ori Cohen. This year, for the first time, he really felt at home. That’s because Chabad Lubavitch of Hoboken in New Jersey celebrated a new home—its first permanent space—just before...
Q&A: The Story Behind the Storyteller: Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles What do people really want to hear about, and how does he help make that happen in the holy city of Safed? News
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles is a co-founder of the Ascent Institute in Safed, Israel, where he teaches, writes and edits, but mostly directs, affiliated with He also moderates Ascent’s question-and-answer forums in its print and...
Have Wheels, Will Travel: Adventures of a ‘Mitzvah Cycle’ They pedal around all-year long, especially at Sukkot time, offering opportunities to do some mitzvot News
Look for Levi Duchman on a bike. Not just any bike, though. The 21-year-old Chabad yeshivah student in Brooklyn, N.Y., is riding around on a modified pedi-cab—an adult-sized, three-wheeled cycle (a tricycle, really) that instead of having a set of seats...
Young Jewish Professionals Can’t Get Enough of the Upper East Side They have found friends and a following, prompted by the hospitality, programs and proactive nature of Chabad News
When Rabbi Yosef Wilhelm and his wife, Devora, moved to Manhattan five years ago, they had a list of about a dozen names of young adults in the area. They had come to Manhattan’s Upper East Side specifically to start a Chabad-Lubavitch branch for young...
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