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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.
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...
Access to Jewish events are made easier by Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter
From Facebook and Instagram to Twitter, Snapchat and just about every new social-media app available, inspirational Jewish messages and Torah thoughts, pictures and videos of sizzling latkes and bright menorahs, and families and friends celebrating Chanuk...
Menorah-lightings, live music and holiday foods on tap for vacationers to warm-weather cities
Chabad Houses in popular vacation destinations in Mexico are getting ready for an extra-large portion of holiday travelers this year with Chanukah falling squarely on winter break. The first of eight candles will be lit on Saturday night, Dec. 24, with th...
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...
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