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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.
A local effort to connect Jews to their roots and bring blessings to a country
Interest in Chassidic teachings and Torah study are on the rise in Nigeria, according to Rabbi Israel Uzan, co-director of Chabad Lubavitch of Nigeria. And now, those wanting to learn have some more tools at their disposal. A recent project to print the T...
Brooklyn-based intergenerational program feeds mind, body and soul
Soup has become a starter, in more ways than one. Arlene Botkin looks forward to the kosher care packages she receives each week as part of a year-round program called “Stoop Soup,” run by Chabad of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. The soup, challah, cake, and some...
Experiencing the joy of menorah-lightings, concerts and coins dropping from the sky
Sarah Barash and her husband, Rabbi Berel Barash, are getting ready to welcome a fleet of exuberant families to their annual Chanukah celebration. Since 2012, the co-directors of Chabad Jewish Center in Jupiter, Fla., have organized an event that has choc...
Vancouver study group marks 19 Kislev, ‘The New Year of Chassidism’
Eduardo and Gabrielle Sonnino moved to Vancouver from Brazil three years ago for work, but the most impactful and important thing they have done in Canada has not been in the business world, they say. It’s been spending 120 Monday evenings with a dedicate...
The backstory of the annual Kinus group picture in Brooklyn, N.Y.
View enlarged photo Chaim Perl is no stranger to the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim), which draws rabbis from around the globe in for several days of learning, camaraderie and rejuvenation. His parents co-...
An evening where women focus on themselves and their Judaism
Shterna Simmonds, co-director of Chabad Lubavitch of Regina, is getting ready for an extra-special Shabbat. The Canada-based emissary will host a Friday-night dinner on Nov. 17 for women for the fourth year in a row, while her husband, Rabbi Avrohom Simmo...
Donor family helps a popular project reach more people
Ruby Ichikowitz, 23, takes putting on tefillin seriously. He also makes it a practice to take “tefillin selfies” (or what he dubs, “telfies”) when he travels to exciting places in the world, aspiring one day to be able to say that he’s put them on in all ...
Prepping for the international student Shabbaton, couples now serve at 256 centers worldwide
The annual Chabad on Campus International Shabbaton—now called Pegisha: International Student Conference—takes place from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5, when more than 1,200 university students will converge on New York to learn, pray, socialize, tour and spend a trad...
Comfort and companionship in Sonoma and Napa, as residents brace for the long road ahead
Californians are in the midst of assessing damages to homes, business and property as they return to neighborhoods ravaged by last week’s rampant wildfires. Some of them—hundeds, in fact—will be welcomed by Chabad of Sonoma County and the Napa Valley Chab...
Devastation everywhere, with at least 15 dead and thousands left homeless
The phone rang in the middle of the night. A friend who had been evacuated due to California’s raging wildfires called Rabbi Mendel and Altie Wolvovsky, co-directors of Chabad of Sonoma County, to check in. It was almost 3 a.m. on Monday, after a busy day...
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