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Growing community in the far suburbs, right next to a nature preserve
During a mid-winter night in 2006, shortly after Rabbi Yisroel and Shayna Freeman moved to Sudbury, Mass., to open a Chabad center, the rabbi woke, chilled to the bone. In the morning, he discovered he’d left their front door wide open. That open door bec...
Practitioners of an ancient and holy art describe their work
In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to get caught up in minutiae and marvel at how time passes much too quickly. But one of the beautiful things of the month of Elul is to consciously use time for reflection, introspection and preparation in advan...
After a night on the road, a day of nonstop work for college-age volunteers
When Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, Rabbi Yisroel Wilhelm, co-director of the Rohr Chabad Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder, understood more than most the tremendous effort, generosity and compassion it takes for a community to rebuild aft...
A sound dose of Jewish life: spiritually, physically and communally
On the second-to-the-last day of camp, Leah Blecher, director of Camp Gan Israel of The Woodlands in Texas, heard a ruckus outside her office. As the noise grew louder, she could no longer ignore it. Opening her door, 22 boys and girls ranging in age from...
Friendship Circle program teaches valuable skills for the workplace
Innovation, education and community—combine these ingredients and something delicious can materialize. Add to the mix students with special needs, a handful of volunteers and a top pastry chef, and the end results wind up in the form of dairy-free pastrie...
A meat restaurant becomes a boon for Jewish students and the surrounding community
There’s a new kosher restaurant at Arizona State University in Tempe, and students, professors and people from all over the area are flocking to it. Chick-In has been a 13-year dream come true for Chabad at ASU, co-directed by Rabbi Shmuel and Chana Tiech...
Friendship Circle holds inaugural ‘Art4Friendship’ event at the rustic Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
The average starting bid for Gavi Becker’s artwork was $50. Not bad for a fourth-grader. The 10-year-old finds comfort in coloring with various tones of red, according to his mother, Miriam Becker, and he works in various mediums: coloring, painting, craf...
17-year-old athlete sets no limits and aims to ‘bring positivity into this world’
Joseph Volfman never believed he’d have the opportunity to experience the thrill and freedom of riding a bike. Born with cerebral palsy, cycling was just one more physical activity out of many he was unable to do. But in 2011, when he was 12 years old, he...
Some 70 ‘Friday Boys’ to give out menorahs and join car parades, public lightings and more
In the hallways of Lubavitch Yeshiva-Zekelman Campus in Oak Park, Mich., just miles from Detroit proper, the anticipation is palpable as the “Friday Boys”—named for their weekly journeys spreading Judaism around the metropolitan area—prepare to bring extr...
Helped for years by Friendship Circle, the 16-year old is now raising funds for others
Imagine being 13 years old, in eighth grade, and every step you took brought intense pain. That was Nathan Bojan’s life. A trip to an orthopedist and the Bojans had an answer: Nathan had a condition called Tarsal Coalition—the abnormal connection of two b...
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