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Brand-new facility is under construction in memory of Rashi Minkowicz
For the past 18 years, the Minkowicz family has served as a beacon of light to Jews living in the tranquil Atlanta suburbs of Alpharetta, Johns Creek and other nearby areas. It’s also now been more than two years now since Rashi Minkowicz—the wife of Rabb...
‘Loaves of Love’ participants learn to make, bake and sell challah to the community
A new program in Chicago offers young adults with special needs the chance to make and sell challah at a kosher bakery. Tzippy Dukes, who started “Loaves of Love” earlier this year, partnered with the local franchise Breadsmith in Skokie, a suburb of Chic...
About 10 years ago I fell head over heels in love with Judaism . . .
Another adventure in the roster of programs for Jewish youth
Why is 16-year-old Rachel Wilkes on a quest? Or is the answer apparent: Why not? She and more than 80 other teenagers—40 boys ad 40 girls—will travel to Israel and Poland this summer as part of a brand-new program called “CTeen Heritage Quest.” “I decided...
Programs in a burgeoning new community for families, students and young professionals
Life in Stapleton, Colo., is taking off—and so is the Jewish community in this fledgling neighborhood of Denver. From 1929 to 1995, Stapleton was the site of the Denver area’s airport. It was relocated and replaced by Denver International Airport, with th...
Dedicated to four fallen soldiers, a sign of spiritual growth at Kibbutz Degania
The famed Kibbutz Degania Alef on the shores of the Kinneret in northern Israel has received a noteworthy new gift. The kibbutz, Israel’s very first, established in 1909 under Ottoman rule, now has a kosher Torah scroll for use for services, holidays, rel...
Young couple finds a niche and a need in a small section of a big city
Like many young Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis, Rabbi Mendel Jacobs grew up watching and learning how to serve a Jewish community directly from his parents, who have run a Jewish preschool in Cleveland for many years. Now after almost a decade studying and servi...
Touching the hearts and lives of teen volunteers, the special-needs community and community at large
“This Friendship Circle lives on miracles,” says Chanie Canterman, who has directed the program in central Jerusalem since 2008. In the beginning, she met a few Anglo families who had children with special needs and matched them up with teenage volunteers...
Program for mentoring kids with special needs has flourished, with all involved reaping the benefits
Rabbi Yale and Rickelle New began Friendship Circle of Atlanta in December 2011, soon after the couple married. From their home in the Toco Hills neighborhood near the heart of Georgia’s capital city, they have worked tirelessly to grow the program from i...
Chabad fits right into the demographic change that occurred following the storm
Recognizing 10 years since Hurricane Katrina (Aug. 23-31, 2005) Second in a series of articles on the storm, its aftermath and the ensuing growth of Chabad in Louisiana A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast of Louisiana—ripping into a...
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