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A spiritual experience for women in Western Africa, most of them Israeli
It took a year-and-a-half to complete the brand-new mikvah in Abuja, the capital city in the middle of Nigeria. But it was completed and inaugurated the same day, a welcome addition in a place where Jewish amenities, and even visitors, are few and far bet...
The presence of Chabad is ‘a breath of fresh air’ for Jewish tourists and residents
The temperature is in the mid-80s right now in New Caledonia. The sun beckons, the sea sparkles, and the Jewish community . . . well, it’s small. An estimated 250 Jews live in this archipelago in the Southwest Pacific out of a total population of about 26...
One couple helps another become man and wife far from their native home
Pulling off a kosher Jewish wedding in the heart of South Korea may seem like a logistical nightmare. But Rabbi Osher Litzman, who directs the Chabad Jewish Community of Korea in Seoul with his wife, Mussy Litzman, jokes that “there are no logistical chal...
Emissaries build for the future in economically challenging times
Back in 1998 when Rabbi Mendel Zarchi was in a Kollel Institute for Advanced Studies listening to graduates talk about where they might land, someone mentioned a place that had not always been hospitable to Jews: Puerto Rico. Zarchi was aware of its histo...
Strengthening a small French-speaking community with a long history
When Noemie Stanleigh arrived in Quebec City two years ago, the metropolitan area had been without a mikvah for decades. She and her husband Yoni moved with their five children to Quebec City from Jerusalem for a training program, a fellowship that would ...
Ritual baths will serve a large and growing Jewish community in Russia’s capital
Noting that “in the Hebrew month of Adar, we increase in joy,” Chabad-Lubavitch and community leaders gathered last week in Moscow for the opening of two luxurious new mikvahs. The ritual baths were inaugurated by Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Berel Lazar, the c...
Connection between Jerusalem and Arkansas highlights a foundation of Jewish life
What was recently found hidden for centuries beneath the floor of a Jerusalem living room closed the circle for a child born decades earlier in a nearby hospital. This is the story of discovery, rebirth and an unbroken chain of tradition that reaches thro...
Inspiring more women to take on the mitzvah of mikvah, while a young son encourages a campaign to build
What do you do when bad news just keeps coming? How can you make sense of one tragedy, one loss—and then another and another and another? “I honestly don’t think there’s a way to make sense of it,” replies Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz of Chabad of North Fulton,...
Some 700 women gather for an important ritual and an evening of sisterhood
Seven years after construction initially commenced, a state-of-the-art mikvah, or ritual bath, has opened at Chabad of Boca Raton, Fla., bringing the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of family purity to thousands of more families in one of the most dens...
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