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Dovid Margolin has been an associate editor at Chabad.org since 2015, writing on Jewish life around the world with a particular interest in Russian Jewish history. He has reported from Argentina, Cuba, Russia, and the frontlines of Ukraine. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, Mosaic, and Tablet.
Forty years after the Iranian Revolution, recalling an unlikely and unheralded story
It was a cold day in the spring of 1979 when 13-year-old Anna Monahemi arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. She came with a group of 40 Jewish girls—all of them from Iran, each of them alone. Her parents, like those of the other girls, had quie...
Provided $1.5 billion for programs helping Jews in 50 countries
To the myriads of people who worked with him, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein was a man full of life and vitality, always looking for his next project. Eckstein, the president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), an organization he founde...
3,000 women leaders celebrate ‘righteous women, past and present’
Mushky Feldman moved to Reykjavík, Iceland, last year to establish Chabad-Lubavitch of Iceland with her husband, Rabbi Avi Feldman. In recent decades, Iceland has become an increasingly popular tourist destination and is also home to a small Jewish commun...
Inspired by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, a group saw prison reform through from proposal to law
The U.S. Senate’s overwhelming 87-12 approval last week of the First Step Act, the most sweeping package of criminal justice reform in a generation, was lauded by those on the right and the left as a much-needed step in the right direction for the U.S. cr...
Corresponded with the Rebbe at a pivotal stage in modern history.
President George H.W. Bush, a decorated World War II navy aviator who was shot down over the Pacific in 1944 and later came to serve as the 41st president of the United States, passed away on Nov. 30 at the age of 94. He was honored today by world leaders...
Visit from yeshivah students boosts those working on new anti-tunnel operation
On Monday, the second night of Chanukah, 15 Chabad-Lubavitch yeshivah students from Safed, Israel, headed 45 minutes north to bring holiday observance and cheer to Israeli troops based in the Lebanon-border town of Metulla. The visit had been pre-arranged...
Public menorah will be lit in Mariupol, industrial port on Sea of Azov
A public celebration of Chanukah will take place in the Ukrainian frontline city of Mariupol despite the government’s declaration of martial law, the city’s rabbi said late Thursday. The martial-law status, which went into effect in nearly half the countr...
Helping others embrace tradition
It was the winter of 2008, and Byron Murray was on a journey. The biological son of a teenage Jewish mother and non-Jewish father, Murray was adopted as a newborn baby and raised nominally Conservative in rural Connecticut by warm and loving adoptive pare...
Rabbi Uri and Mushki Bloy are on their way to India to help teach students
Speaking on video circa 2006, Rabbi Gabi Holtzberg is happy, at ease. There’s a lot going on around him—the noise of guests, children, dishes being stacked away. For him and his wife, Rivky, that was home. “We plan to buy the building, G‑d willing,” he sa...
Remembering the murder and legacy of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg
Ten years ago, on a cold, overcast Friday morning in Brooklyn, N.Y., reporters filled the lobby of the Jewish Children’s Museum for a hastily arranged press conference. The previous 48 tense, unsettling hours had jumped and crawled to a final, shocking co...
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