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2010

Virginia Community Honors Legacy of Rabbi Cut Down in Prime of Life
North America
More than 400 locals and out-of-town guests packed an auditorium at a Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center in tribute of a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary whose dedication to his community would not be sidetracked by the three-year illness that ultimately claimed his life.
California Students Get Their Own Torah Scroll
Campus Life
For students of California State University, Northridge, Chanukah celebrations were much brighter this year thanks to the dedication of a new Torah scroll completed just days before the festival.
Technology Transforms Classroom Experience One Click at a Time
Education
Down Under, in Melbourne, Australia, at the Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah Colleges, there’s a learning revolution going on.
UT Audience Hears First-Person Account of WWII’s Bielski Brigade
Photo Gallery
After years of shunning the spotlight, Holocaust survivor Leah Bedzowki Johnson picked a forum of Jewish students at the University of Texas as one of the first public audiences to hear her tales of fighting Nazi forces and their collaborators as a member of the famed Bielski Brigade.
News Brief
A network of Chabad-Lubavitch run soup kitchens in the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon is competing for almost $300,000 in an online voting-based competition sponsored by Bank Leumi.
Masada Witnesses Completion of First Torah Since Roman Siege
Israel
The ancient synagogue atop the Judean desert fortress of Masada is by no means large. But on the eighth night of Chanukah last week, the rededicated space seemed to expand with revelers as they celebrated the completion of the first Torah scroll to be written on the historic mountaintop in 2,000 years.
News Brief
A Constitutional authority and a Talmudic scholar will pair up for an upcoming presentation entitled “The Tea Party and the Talmud” for legal professionals in the New York City area.
Candles Burn Bright, Even According to Campus Safety Regulations
Campus Life
Given its placement on the academic calendar, this Chanukah was the first in a long time that college students en masse sought to light their menorahs on school grounds. Chabad Houses across the country, in turn, bolstered their long-standing effort to ensure that any student who chose to light a menorah would be able to do so.
Ambassadors, Chocolate and Sun-seeking Tourists: Chanukah Around the World
Photo Gallery
Chabad-Lubavitch centers stretching from Smolensk, Russia to Vancouver, Canada, hosted more than 15,000 Chanukah events this year. Taking place in 75 countries, the public menorah lightings, holiday carnivals and Chanukah parties served hundreds of thousands of people.
A Sheriff, a Fire Engine, and a Flower Menorah: Chanukah Across the United States
Photo Gallery
Across the United States, public officials joined tens of thousands of their Jewish constituents to celebrate the eight-day holiday of Chanukah.
Balkan Nation Installs First Chief Rabbi
Europe
The tiny Balkan nation of Albania installed Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yoel Kaplan as its first chief rabbi.
Canadian Prime Minister Hosts First-Ever Chanukah Party at Ottawa Residence
Photo Gallery
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made history this month by hosting a Chanukah celebration at his official residence in Ottawa. It was the first time since Canada’s founding that its prime minister brought the holiday to his private chambers.
Chanukah Celebration Bathes Mumbai’s Gateway to India in Light
Photo Gallery
Mumbai, India’s Jewish community celebrated Chanukah with increased vigor, continuing a tradition begun by the slain directors of the city’s Chabad-Lubavitch center by lighting a towering menorah at the Gateway to India monument.
Texas Governor Welcomes Rabbinical Delegation to Capitol Office
Photo Gallery
Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries from across the Lone Star State celebrated Chanukah with Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a private ceremony in the governor’s office at the capitol in Austin.
Metro Denver Sees Public Menorah Lighting in a New Location
Photo Gallery
Chabad-Lubavitch of Northwest Metro Denver inaugurated a new location for a public Chanukah menorah lighting this year, welcoming about 200 people to Arvada, Colo.’s Olde Town Square for a holiday party and lighting of a towering eight-foot candelabra.
News Brief
Sydney’s Our Big Kitchen has joined forces with the Australian National Rugby League’s Wests Tigers to raise awareness of childhood obesity.
College Presidents Contribute to Campuses’ Chanukah Enthusiasm
North America
When the six-foot-tall Chanukah menorah belonging to the Tannenbaum Chabad House at Northwestern University was found vandalized, locals looked at the religious symbol – its bulbs broken, its branches smashed – as indicative of an undercurrent of anti-Semitism piercing the peace of their college town. Such fears, however, were put to rest when, on the first night of Chanukah, university president Morton Schapiro flipped a switch to light the candelabra.
Arizona Governor Celebrates Return of Chanukah Menorah to State Capitol
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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer celebrated the return of a Chanukah menorah to the state capitol in Phoenix, joining a delegation from area synagogues in lighting the eight-branched candelabra that Chabad-Lubavitch of Arizona erected at Wesley Bolin Plaza.
Chanukah Menorah Spreads Light at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate
Photo Gallery
More than 800 people gathered at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the eight-day Jewish holiday of Chanukah and the resurgence of Jewish life in Germany.
News Brief
U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming sent her wishes for a happy Chanukah to her state’s Jewish community, reflecting in a video message on the meaning of the eight-day Festival of Lights.
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