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Faygie Holt is an award-winning journalist and regular contributor to Chabad.org and other media outlets. She is also the author of “The New Girl” and “Trouble Ahead,” the first two novels in her Achdus Club book series for girls. Learn more at her website.
Chabad runs effort to replace destroyed wardrobes
For those living in the still-ravaged U.S. Virgin Islands, life is far normal. Many homes remain damaged or even uninhabitable after two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, hit nearly back to back in September. The tourist industry, which accounts for much of the...
Education a priority in the list of post-hurricane needs
With thousands of people still displaced two months after Hurricane Harvey flooded swaths of eastern Texas, leaving heavily damaged homes and property, Chabad of Houston is directing funds raised towards immediate uses. One of them is Jewish education. To...
More than 150 people attend the event, followed by a joyous procession in the streets
Members of the Australian Parliament, government ministers, foreign diplomats, local Jewish residents and guests gathered on Oct. 19, exactly one week after the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, in the country’s capital city to celebrate the completion of ...
Some 500-plus police and security officers out in force; Chabad’s doors stay open to all
Despite tensions that mounted throughout the week with news that white supremacist Richard Spencer was coming to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville—a school with an estimated 6,000 Jewish students, one of the highest demographics on a campu...
Unity the focus as residents make their way back home
Most years, Sara and Yoram Levi of Key West, Fla., enjoy a home-cooked dinner with their young children before going off to synagogue at the start of Yom Kippur. This year, however, with their home still in shambles from Hurricane Irma, they will be eatin...
Cooking, serving, packing and delivering grows daily as millions remain without power
On a good day, getting fresh kosher food in Naples, Fla., can be a challenge, as there are no restaurants or dedicated kosher markets in the city. But these have not been good days. Not since Hurricane Irma unleashed fury across the Florida Peninsula—down...
Some areas are still not accessible, others were relatively spared
As first light dawned across Florida on Monday, people began venturing out to evaluate the damage left in the wake of Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record. Large swaths of Florida have been battered by Hurricane Irma’s 120-plus-mph...
Reaching out after new orders to evacuate from Naples up to Tampa
Jewish communities along the west coast of Florida from Naples to Tampa Bay scrambled to make emergency preparations—and in many cases last-minute evacuations—Sunday morning as Irma smashed into the Florida Keys after re-strengthening to a Category 4 hurr...
Mandatory evacuations in Miami Beach and Florida Keys; landfall on Sunday
Supermarket shelves are stripped bare in cities and towns throughout Southeast Florida, as people sit car behind car, in line for hours waiting to fill up on fuel and listening as news reports become more dire by the hour. Everyone is making calculated de...
A marathon 72-hour drive from Connecticut, and others from around the nation
Rabbi Mendy Hecht is tired. After all, he had a marathon 72 hours that saw him drive from his home in Connecticut all the way to Texas to help out those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey before flying back home Tuesday in time to teaching se...
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