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Founded and led Ahavas Chesed for people with a wide range of medical needs
Rabbi Avraham Lider, a tireless activist who dedicated his life to helping others with medical emergencies and other needs, passed away suddenly on Sept. 18, the first night of Rosh Hashanah, 5781, from a heart attack. He was 61 years old. The rabbi was a...
Hundreds of congregations to remember the departed on Sunday, Sept. 27
More people attend synagogue on Yom Kippur (observed this year from several minutes before sunset on Sunday, Sept. 27, to after nightfall on Monday, Sept. 28) than any day of the year, with people from all walks of Jewish life making a special effort to a...
Outdoor events with social distancing during pandemic exceed all expectations
Even after Susie and Mark Kashetsky decided not to attend services this Rosh Hashanah, they knew that come what may, they would hear shofar. And hear shofar they did, along with their daughter and hundreds of others in a park near their home in the heavil...
It follows shofar-blowing a day earlier at the Gantz home in Rosh HaAyin
Prior to departing to Washington, D.C., where he will meet with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and other senior officials, Benny Gantz, Israel’s Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister, invited Rabbi Nahum Cohen, co-director of Chabad-Lubavitc...
“They offered me a home I never had,” says Susan Moss of Long Island
Susan Moss, 76, says she always had a deep thirst for Judaism. Growing up in Queens, N.Y., synagogue membership fees were prohibitive for her family, and she didn’t have much connection to her heritage. She recalls following her friends to Hebrew school a...
Humble Jerusalem scholar was one of the generation’s foremost Torah authorities
He was a familiar sight in Jerusalem, humbly making his way to one yeshivah or another, ready to deliver a class on whatever area of Torah he was asked. Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, who passed away on Aug. 20 at the age of 89, was a Torah scholar of th...
Grateful for ‘pure love’ after homes and businesses burn to the ground
Rivka Williams, a professor at Southern Oregon University, was in the car last week with her two young sons when she saw a police roadblock. Although the sky was clear, she could see fire in the distance. Williams feared that once they left the neighborho...
Observing the holiday on an island split by the coronavirus pandemic
Rabbi Moishe Chanowitz never imagined that he would be the first person in 350 years to serve as the bridge over an international border on the Caribbean island of St. Martin. But this year, he will be doing just that: For Rosh Hashanah, he will be headin...
Annual in-person event retools in the coronavirus era
For Spanish-speaking Jews, ongoing pandemic restrictions recently served as the impetus for a pan-Spanish gathering unprecedented in scope when more than 1,000 students from 70 communities in Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Israel, the United States, Panama, ...
The stories that helped define the year
As nearly every aspect of the world around us was changing in this year of global pandemic, Chabad.org/News worked to provide unique perspectives on the unfolding tragedy and unfathomable loss of life, while at the same time reporting on the outpourings o...