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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.
Honoring the multigenerational impact of a thriving campus center
Danielle Druck was parading around New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood with hundreds of celebrants when her 11-year-old son Charlie exclaimed: “We’re going to jail! You can’t block traffic!” After a few minutes, he accepted that the June 18 celebration i...
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...
Recalling the heroism of university professor Liviu Librescu and memory of the 31 others slain
Zack Silverman was just 10 years old when a Virginia Tech senior opened fire on campus on April 17, 2007, killing 32 people and wounding 17 others in what remains the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Now a student at the university in Blacksburg...
Buying, selling, cleaning, cooking and getting ready to host countless guests of all ages
As Passover approaches, Chabad centers around the world are putting the finishing touches on preparations for seders big and small. Emissaries are getting ready for the local residents, tourists and guests headed their way for matzah, wine, good food and ...
Florida congregation continues exponential growth, especially among the young
Devorah Leah Andrusier remembers moving to Bal Harbour, Fla., as a teenager when her parents became Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries there. Back then, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, thousands of Jewish seniors, snowbirds and retirees had permanent and seco...
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