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Carin M. Smilk

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Festive events around the world recall old memories and aim to create new ones
It’s human nature to prefer beginnings to ends. But each year, the Jewish people get to experience both in one fell swoop as they get to see, quite literally, where the Torah reading stops, and then starts, all over again. For many, the holiday of Simchat...
Building on last year’s Hakhel success, rabbis see a positive trend
In some places in the world with large Jewish populations, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries can attract thousands to mega-events like challah bakes, public menorah-lightings and massive Shabbat dinners. But in Belo Horizonte, Brazil—where more than 130 men con...
Jewish leadership skills are the focus of a CTeen summer program
“It gave me my voice. It helped me evolve as a person,” says 18-year-old Rachel Wilkes of her years with CTeen, the Chabad teen network. “It showed me that I can be who I want to be.” The native of Hollywood, Fla., is off to study for a year in Israel, bu...
State-of-the art building on two-acre campus in the city was decades in the making
It was a grand opening and Lag BaOmer festivities wrapped into one. More than 700 people in the Jewish community in Calgary joined together to witness the May 14 ribbon-cutting and mezuzah-hanging of the brand-new Chabad-Lubavitch of Alberta, and wish a “...
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...
For trainee and therapist Rabbi Levy Pekar, it’s an opportunity to serve
Discussing his work with gusto, Levy Pekar sounds like any other young professional starting a career in full force. Pekar, 29, is training to be a U.S. Air Force chaplain, beginning what will be nearly six months of back-to-back training programs. He’s a...
Free tickets available for the Washington, D.C., celebration that attracts thousands
Although members of Congress may be home for the holidays, Washington is simply hopping with tourists during the month of December. Gina Gallucci White, who writes for USA Today’s “10 Best” column, may have helped matters when she named the National Menor...
Johannesburg leader to give keynote address at emissaries’ conference
Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Dovid Yitzchok Hazdan, dean of the Torah Academy and rabbi of the Great Park Synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa, will deliver the keynote address at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Ha...
Colorado State eatery is also a boost for Fort Collins Jewish community and visitors to the area
For some students at Colorado State University, the recently opened Kosher Bistro is simply another place on campus to pull up a chair and savor a bite to eat before heading off to class. But for Alex Ingber, who started keeping kosher in college, it’s “l...
But how can I be a friend still? How can I conjure her up at a moment’s notice—not because of something I see, but something I do?
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