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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...
A ‘dream trip’ from Michigan designed to accommodate all
The looks on their faces—on the kids’ faces—reflected in their parents’ eyes, that’s what it’s all about. That’s what it’s always about. The Friendship Circle is known throughout the world for its work with children and families managing special needs, bu...
They are busier than ever helping others
This is the second in a series of articles on the unique lives of Chabad-Lubavitch yeshivah students. A series featuring the lives of female students is in the works as well. Young men in yeshivah likely reach tens of thousands of people around the world—...
Swampscott, Peabody and environs have new Chabad branches, a preschool, mikvah and more
From its idyllic seaside communities to a score of inland villages, towns and small cities founded during the Colonial era, Massachusetts’ North Shore is a region that’s both proud of its history and poised for future growth. “Connecting generations” was ...
Rabbi returns to his native England with his wife and daughter to reach out to Jewish students in Bristol
From their home in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rabbi Mendy and Chaya Singer have been doing virtual outreach to Bristol, England, for some time now. But by the end of the week, they will be settling in across the pond for some hands-on work and a new chapter in their...
For some, it recalls memories; for others, milestone for Chabad couple’s oldest child leaves an indelible impression
The first-ever Chassidic bar mitzvah in Pasco County—a mix of rural and suburban neighborhoods on Florida’s west coast near Tampa—drew about 250 people from the area, as well as from Massachusetts, New York, France and even Russia. “It was amazing. It was...
Friendship Circle partners with others, showing how one good deed begets another
No one really had to reinvent the wheel for this particular contest. In fact, it spun off from one good deed and picked up motion from there. The Friendship Circle of Michigan recently donated 145 bicycles—the majority of them adapted in specific ways—to ...
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