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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.
For 3,000 Women Emissaries and Guests, ‘It Feels So Much Like Family’ Hakhel gatherings and Jewish unity highlight Sunday-night gala banquet News
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...
Thousands of Women Arrive in Brooklyn, Settling In at Homes of Welcoming Hosts International shluchos conference combines learning, inspiration, spirituality and reunion News
The first of Detty Leverton’s 11 guests arrived on Tuesday by plane, train, bus, subway, taxi and car. By Thursday, they should all be settled in. Or so she hopes. They’re coming from New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and Canada, and from as far away as Ar...
Food-Packing Program Helps the Hungry in New York, Especially During Blizzard Growing monthly effort to distribute kosher food to the those in need News
Sixth in a series of articles on the 40th anniversary of the worldwide kosher campaign launched by the Rebbe in 1975. As predictions of the mammoth snowstorm that dumped more than two feet of snow on New York City over the weekend gusted through the news ...
First Kosher Kitchen an Entranceway to a More Spiritual Life Toronto couple says it ‘puts you in a holier mindset and sphere’ News
Fifth in a series of articles on the 40th anniversary of the worldwide kosher campaign launched by the Rebbe in 1975. Calev (Eric) Taylor, 39, and Malkah Esther (Michelle) Glass, 32, remember when Rabbi Uri Gelman showed up at the front door toting a blow...
The Last Lights Shone Brightly Over Hawaii, and the World Westernmost Chanukah celebration goes global from four islands News
On a scenic bluff overlooking Hanalei Bay, about 120 participants gathered at the St. Regis resort hotel in Princeville, Hawaii, last week with a tiki-torch menorah, live entertainment and potato latkes for the world’s final public menorah-lighting of the...
First Chanukah Nights Generate Rays of ‘Light Unto the World’ Chabad-run menorah-lightings, car parades and holiday events all over the globe News
It was a big crowd, even for Washington. More than 4,000 people convened on the Ellipse just outside of the White House on a temperate Sunday night—the first night of Chanukah—to witness the lighting of what is officially known as the National Menorah. Ra...
Teens Help to Mend a Holocaust-Era Torah, Letter by Letter Raising funds in South Florida for a project to undo the damage of the past News
Samantha Busey, 17, is part of a weighty project taking place in Boca Raton, Fla. The CTeen member is raising funds to restore a Holocaust-era Torah that was brought to America from Russia. A few years ago, Chabad of Boca Raton congregants Sibyl and Bob S...
Bat Mitzvah Clubs International: Where Girls Learn What It Means to Be a Jewish Woman A Sunday program prepares girls for bat mitzvah, imparting history, life lessons and self-confidence News
Fay Newman’s 11-year-old twins, Danielle and Jessica, just started attending the Bat Mitzvah Club in Cherry Hill, N.J. Part of a group of a dozen other girls their age, they meet twice a month on Sunday afternoons at Chabad Lubavitch of Camden County to d...
Total Dedication to Goodness Highlights Chabad-Lubavitch Annual Gala A Hakhel gathering of inspiration for 5,200 at the International Conference of Emissaries News
Gary Stein spent the better part of the past week learning about Chabad—in depth and in person. He left Vacaville, Calif., last week at the invitation of Rabbi Chaim Zaklos, co-director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Solano County, and the two made their way to N...
Pianist Shoshana Michel Expresses the Poignancy of Chassidic Melodies She says she is amazed by the profound effect ‘nigunim’ have, as expressed in ‘Soul Whispers’ News
Shoshana Michel, 59, started playing piano when she was just a child. A door-to-door salesman for a local music studio came by and asked if anyone in the house wanted to take music lessons. She started on the accordion at the age of 7, and then moved on t...
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