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College students and visitors from abroad experience unity and mitzvahs together in Israel
JERUSALEM—It was the trip of a lifetime for the visitors who flew into Israel at practically the last minute—some of them student raffle winners, some of them representatives of their communities back home, and all of them wanting to show their support fo...
Young rabbi says the harrowing experience only strengthens their resolve
JERUSALEM—Newlyweds Mendy and Esther Turk, who arrived in Israel just two days ago to start their new life together with a year of study in Jerusalem, received a slightly different “welcome” than they might have been anticipating. They landed here just si...
Recalling the Rebbe’s directive for a literal ‘call to arms’ in response to a week of terror attacks
JERUSALEM—As a week of terror and stabbing attacks continued today in Israel, the Chabad-Lubavitch Youth Organization in Israel is sending out waves of volunteers—from students to seniors—to encourage men and boys over 13 to put on tefillin prior to the s...
Getting set for nightly Hakhel gatherings in the center of the city
JERUSALEM—In the historic Nachalat Shiv’a neighborhood in the center of Jerusalem, in a quiet alleyway just steps away from Zion Square, men gather soon after Yom Kippur in the first synagogue to be built outside of the Old City walls after the destructio...
At the Cave of the Patriarchs, making their mark on locals, tourists and thousands of IDF soldiers
HEBRON, Israel—It’s impossible to know how many bar mitzvahs have been celebrated in this most ancient of Jewish cities in the last 3,700 years since the patriarch Abraham purchased his family’s burial plot here. It’s just as difficult to determine how ma...
In big cities and small towns, Chabad day camps offer programs for every age group and Jewish background
The fifth in a series of articles on Chabad-Lubavitch summer camps. RA’ANANA, ISRAEL—Driving down the tree-lined Rashi Street in this upscale suburb of Tel Aviv, before turning onto Rav Yitzhak Nissim Street one will find a well-kept neighborhood with peo...
Chabad provides a spiritual hub for Israeli businesspeople, tourists and European expatriates
Cyprus brings to mind many visuals, in addition to the sandy terrain and lush greenery evocative of Mediterranean islands. Those of a certain age look past the landscape to an older image—of Jewish refugees detained in Displaced Persons camps behind barbe...
Working hard to accommodate the refugee influx, Or Avner educational institutes in Zhitomir need to expand
Anna comes from a small village outside of the city of Zhitomir in western Ukraine. Like many Jewish children in rural corners of the former Soviet Union, she and her 4-year-old brother spent the initial years of their young lives barely surviving in mate...
Bonfires by night and parades by day in a massive celebration of Jewish unity
There is a special hum that begins to vibrate throughout the Land of Israel in the days preceding Lag BaOmer. In each big city and small village, in every neighborhood and street, boys can be seen toting wood to gather into piles for the bonfires they wil...
Award in memory of three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and slain in June 2014
Among the winners of the new “Jerusalem Unity Prize in Memory of Eyal, Gilad & Naftali” are Rabbi Nechemya Wilhelm and Nechama Dina Wilhelm, who have served as co-directors of Chabad of Bangkok-Ohr Menachem in Thailand for the past 20 years. The prize...
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