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Carin M. Smilk

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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...
TheJewishWoman.org continues to grow its audience, celebrating 10 years of articles and videos
Mother’s Day has come and gone, but for Cheri Cutler, it’s still very much on her mind. It was a tough one—much of it spent in quiet contemplation as she thought about her mother, Judith, who passed away last April. “I’m still processing it all,” she says...
Dinner, amity and spirituality on campus, with a new goal in the Hakhel year
An annual program at Binghamton University in Upstate New York called “Shabbat 1800” brought together nearly that many students on a recent Friday evening to celebrate the Jewish Sabbath. It marked the 22nd year since the inception of the concept at Bingh...
Friendship Circle partners with manufacturers and donors to give away a record number of bicycles
The families of some 200 children are waiting, as patiently as they can, for a prize they won in a very special contest. For the fifth consecutive year, the Friendship Circle of Michigan sponsored “The Great Bike Giveaway” named in memory of Michaela Noam...
Helped by rabbinic chaplains and looking forward to a more spiritual life
Shari Wilkes has no photo albums. She has no pots and pans, no favorite handbag or set of stationary. No fleece throws for the couch, no tchotchkes, houseplants or fancy dinner dishes. No little box of buttons and safety pins and paper clips collected ove...
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