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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 ...
Honoring the multigenerational impact of a thriving campus center
Danielle Druck was parading around the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City with hundreds of celebrants when her 11-year-old son Charlie exclaimed: “We’re going to jail! You can’t block traffic!” After a few minutes, he accepted that the June 18 celebrat...
Dual duty as a campus emissary and now a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve
Yossi Madvig comes from a military family. His father served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. One grandfather also served in the Navy during World War II. Another grandfather worked as a machinist during World War II in a Honeywell plant in Minnea...
D.C. trip blends past with present for East Coast teens
Hannah Kaplun walked along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with 44 other high school students from the East Coast, stopping at various monuments before arriving at the Lincoln Memorial for Havdalah. Kaplun, 16, was amazed by the fact that they coul...
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