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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.
Helping troubled boys ‘reinvest in their faith’
Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz started visiting Cherry Gulch, an Idaho-based therapeutic boarding school for boys, more than a decade ago. At the time, the school was looking for better ways to serve its Jewish students. The rest is history. These days Lifshitz, d...
Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries prepare to welcome guests to Megillah readings and revelry
In New York City, Rabbi Dov Yona and Sara Korn, co-directors of Chabad House Bowery, have been getting students and young professionals revved up for Purim over the past month. They’ve been working with their communities on raising funds for the needy and...
More than 150 people to celebrate a first for a college campus in Scotland
Students in Scotland are getting a gift—a substantial gift—right after Purim. A new Torah is in the works for Jewish students at the University of Edinburgh, which is served by Chabad of Edinburgh, co-directed by Rabbi Pinny and Gitty Weinman. “This will ...
With ‘finances off the table,’ an incentive for more kids in a full-time Jewish educational setting
Tirtza Ben David drives two hours a day to take her two young daughters, Moriyah, 4, and Chana, 2, to the Lubavitch Cheder Day School in St. Paul, Minn. It’s a small school, she says, where each child gets personalized attention and the chance to learn in...
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 the desert-town community of Scottsdale, Arizona
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...
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