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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.
Restaurant doubles as a Chabad welcome center
Jamaican Jerk chicken may have met its match in the form of falafel. Chabad’s Kosher Hot Spot, which opened on July 13 in Montego Bay, allows Jewish tourists to enjoy kosher vegetarian fare with the local spice of the islands. In addition to tourists, who...
They surpassed a goal of 1,000 in honor of the 50th year of the Rebbe’s campaign
Schneur Deren boards the city bus every Friday afternoon to visit offices, homes and stores in the Detroit suburbs of Oak Park and Southfield, Mich. The 16-year-old has had the same route for three years now, ever since he started attending the Lubavitch ...
Ritual bath is another sign of increased Jewish observance in and around Merrick, N.Y.
Cindy Knoll, her husband Lawrence and their three grown children welcomed “Mikvah Mei Leah” when its doors opened at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Merrick, N.Y. Knoll, who has been involved with the center since its establishment a decade ago, even...
Programs and visits to the Ohel mark the anniversary of the Rebbe’s passing
Visitors from all over the world have been traveling to New York this week to mark Gimmel Tammuz, the anniversary of the passing of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—with tens of thousands expected at the Ohel, the Rebbe’s restin...
Easing some of the challenges of a growing commuter neighborhood
Not long ago, Long Island City was one of those places in New York where nobody but residents chose to hang out. As the westernmost section of Queens, connected to Manhattan by the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge, it resembled other industrialized urban nei...
Enough space for simultaneous programs and the growing presence of young families
Steve and Rachel Sicherman rented a home in Palm Beach County, Fla., for a few years before settling down for good last winter. Today, they live about a mile from Chabad of West Boca Raton. “We finally found something just right in the community—and we fo...
Learning by night, Ten Commandments by day, plus kids’ programs and dairy meals
All around the world this week, Jewish communities will celebrate Shavuot, when G‑d gave the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai 3,300 years ago. They’ll do so by lighting candles, staying up all night to learn Torah, hearing the reading of the Ten ...
One of two Jewish students at school, he learned Hebrew and blessings with the help of a rabbi
Logan Botvin attended his first bar mitzvah this past weekend—and it happened to be his own. Held at the Chabad Jewish Community of Korea in Seoul, it was a chance to show friends and community members what being Jewish was all about. He was called to the...
Torah study, prayer and kosher food for Warren Buffett shareholders
Cynthia Simpson is on her way to Omaha. Accompanied by two other women from the Chicago-area suburbs, she is taking part for the first time in Berkshire Hathaway’s famed shareholders weekend, which draws people from around the world eager for financial as...
With Sephardic minyanim and Spanish-language classes, Chabad works to meet communal needs
George Hanz remembers being warmly welcomed to Chabad in Aventura, Fla., back in 2002. He and his wife, Denisse, who immigrated to the United States from Venezuela two years earlier, were introduced to the rabbi by a friend and liked him from the moment t...
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