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A series of online and personal connections leads to a life saved
Woman Meets Her Organ Donor Outside Synagogue Services
On Rosh Hashanah this year, Vicki O’Neill Haber stepped out of synagogue services in Denver because her 9-year-old son, Max, needed to take a break. Outside the sanctuary, she saw someone who looked familiar. A woman named Rachel had also left services be...
Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel flew in to speak at the celebration
As many as 500 Miami-area residents and guests will gather at The Rok Family Shul-Chabad Downtown Jewish Center on Friday night for prayer services and a celebratory Shabbat dinner, marking the fact that El Al airlines has begun nonstop flight service to ...
George and Pamela Rohr, and an anonymous donor, join Chabad’s efforts on the ground
A group of donors have agreed to match contributions to Chabad Lubavitch of Puerto Rico totaling $125,000 as part of a 30-hour campaign to help the Jewish center in its relief efforts following Hurricane Maria. Longtime Jewish philanthropists George and P...
Private donors contribute to vital airlifts of food, water and other essentials
Faced with a critical shortage of food, potable water and other urgently needed supplies, Chabad-Lubavitch of Puerto Rico has arranged for private planes to deliver essentials to the devastated island, where disaster relief efforts have faced significant ...
Flooded synagogue serves as a shelter and place of worship
As Rabbi Mendel Zarchi was rushing to make last-minute preparations for Rosh Hashanah services in the badly flooded synagogue where he and his family had taken refuge, he was not sure what exactly had occurred in the world around him on that final day of ...
Celebrating a joyous event, then helping others find safety from a deadly storm
While nervously awaiting a potentially catastrophic deluge from Hurricane Irma on Tuesday night, Rabbi Shimon Pelman and 70 other people at Chabad-Lubavitch of Dominican Republic honored a place that people expect to be filled with water. After two years ...
Ensuring the safety of others before taking shelter themselves
Even with storm winds beginning to swirl around them on Wednesday morning, Rabbi Mendel and Rachel Zarchi, co-directors of Chabad Lubavitch of Puerto Rico, had to make a few stops in San Juan before they could get to where they hoped would be a safe refug...
Rabbis and students work the sidelines of annual bike race across Iowa
Joy Allen, a Jewish hairdresser from the San Francisco Bay Area, has been participating in RAGBRAI—the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa—with her father, brother and nephews for a decade. The seven-day ride covers more the 400 miles across ...
Chabad serves as a hub for prayer, celebration and learning—and food
With the help of a rabbi he’s known for years, Max Gergel achieved a milestone before passing
Max Gergel, who graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1942, founded and ran the successful Columbia Organic Chemical Company. A Nobel Prize-winning biochemist once said in a speech that he was encouraged ...
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