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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.
Celebrating a multi-story villa and scroll of their own, with an eye towards future growth
Chabad Lubavitch of Angola celebrated its grand opening on Sunday and welcomed a Torah written specifically for their community. About 150 people gathered midday for ribbon-cutting ceremonies for both the building and the synagogue, and also watched as me...
A small local project snowballs into a growing effort abroad
Some very special gifts are making their way to Odessa, Ukraine, for children in Chabad’s Mishpacha orphanage, thanks to the efforts of a group of women in New Jersey. About 60 women gathered recently for an annual event hosted by community member Renata ...
On Grandparents Day, a chance to spin some wheels and raise funds for Jewish programs
Lawrence Rekblatt, 22, is getting ready to ride in a bike-a-thon to honor senior citizens. Organized through Chabad’s United Jewish Generations program in North Miami Beach, Fla., the ride will bring different generations together on Grandparents Day, whi...
Strengthening a small French-speaking community with a long history
When Noemie Stanleigh arrived in Quebec City two years ago, the metropolitan area had been without a mikvah for decades. She and her husband Yoni moved with their five children to Quebec City from Jerusalem for a training program, a fellowship that would ...
Around the world and at the Ohel, a time for reflection, learning and positive action
A bus full of passengers left Tenafly, N.J., on Tuesday for a trip to Queens, N.Y. More specifically, the group was headed to the Ohel, the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. The visit is timed to hon...
Intergenerational interactions provide life lessons for bar mitzvah-age teens
Some bar mitzvah-age boys in the U.S. Pacific Northwest who will head off to yeshivah and high schools this fall will take with them many experiences and fond memories from their current academic year. One of them is sure to be their weekly trips to Cedar...
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...
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