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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.
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...
An emphasis on engaging, advising and building relationships, using the Torah as a guide
A group of guys got together last week to do what guys don’t always do: chat about parenting. They’re participants in “Fathers First,” a forum started by Rabbi Dovid Hordiner, director of the Gan Yeladim Early Childhood Center at Chabad of Stamford, Conn....
Thousands of teens worldwide will gather in New York to study and socialize in this Hakhel year
Hanna Briskin, 17, is counting the days until New York City. The high school senior from Gaithersburg, Md., is revving up for the annual CTeen International Shabbaton this weekend, from Feb. 26-28. There, she will join nearly 2,000 participants and chaper...
Hakhel gatherings and Jewish unity highlight Sunday-night gala banquet
Bracha Gillmeister, in her broad hat and even broader smile, spent Sunday evening at the Bedford-Union Armory in Brooklyn, N.Y., together with some 3,000 Chabad emissaries from around the world and another 1,000 or so supporters and guests. Gillmeister, w...
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