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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.
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...
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...
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