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How Manhattan’s Upper East Siders do the holiday mitzvahs
Two young Israeli boys were riding their bikes along Manhattan’s East River Esplanade near Carl Schurz Park at 84th Street. They looked up, smiled, and called to their father in Hebrew: “Abba, look! A sukkah!” Inside, a young couple with daughters 2 and 4...
ZABS Place in North Carolina provides on-site job training and business skills
“Hello, welcome to ZABS Place! My name is Aaron.” Aaron Roochvarg sports an award-winning smile. He’s there at the door, enthusiastically greeting customers when they enter the store and asking if they need any assistance finding items. “How did you hear ...
Finally, a communal place to eat and socialize with Jewish locals and tourists
Visitors to Denmark—the southernmost of the Nordic countries—have long been able to enjoy such attractions as the original Legoland Billund Resort (opened in 1968), the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde and the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense. The c...
The Jewish community celebrates its heritage
NEW ORLEANS—Ask Malkie Rivkin and the volunteers who are preparing hundreds of mishloach manot food baskets at the Btesh Family Chabad House in New Orleans three days before Purim what makes the holiday unique in New Orleans, and they almost don’t underst...
Writer joins a Virgin Islands rabbi on his daily rounds of hotels, timeshares and cruise ships
ST. THOMAS, V.I.—The questions, both halachic and practical, start early on this 32-square-mile island in the Caribbean Sea. Rabbi Asher Federman, director of Chabad Lubavitch of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, begins his daily routine of mustering up m...
Was I overacting? Perhaps the students were simply doing a “good thing?”
Chabad House serves as a central address for Jews in Denmark
COPENHAGEN—Walk down the block-long Ole Suhrs Gade Street in Copenhagen—from the Botanical Gardens at one end to Sortedams Lake at the other—and there is a certain old-world charm. Neighbors engage in quiet conversation or sip coffee at corner cafes, with...
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