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Karen Schwartz is a freelance writer whose stories have appeared in the New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Detroit Jewish News and Red Thread magazine. A Columbia University Journalism School graduate, she hails from Detroit and currently resides in Brooklyn.
Public seders, chametz sales and inspiration still available at Chabad.org
Rabbi Zalman and Zelda Refson are getting ready to host their first Passover seders. Co-directors of Chabad of Savannah, Ga., they serve students from nearby schools and the broader Jewish community, which includes many young professionals and young famil...
Historic Brooklyn neighborhood undergoing a Jewish renaissance
Having mezuzahs on her family’s doorposts has changed Anna Shur’s outlook on Judaism. “It gives me a sense of who I am; it’s a reminder to be thankful to G‑d,” says Shur, who started lighting Shabbat candles regularly and enrolled her 7-year-old son and 6...
Lots of new faces in places like New York’s West Village, Montana’s Flathead Valley, St. Lucia
Maren Faiella is really looking forward to celebrating Purim this year. Faiella, who lives in New York City’s West Village, plans to join neighbors and friends for an evening of festivities hosted by Rabbi Berel and Chana Gurevitch, who just last year lau...
Programs boost high-schoolers’ Jewish pride and self-esteem
Thousands of Jewish teens from around the globe gathered this weekend in New York City for the 11th annual CTeen International Leadership Conference, a multi-day event designed to connect, empower and inspire the 2,600 high-schoolers. Their time together ...
75 years late, family and friends joined a milestone for Mordechai (Murray) Miller
Julian Miller grew up in a kosher home in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., and over the decades has attended many bar mitzvah celebrations of family and friends. But just last month, Miller had the opportunity to attend what he calls the mos...
New building actualizes multi-generational dream in the state’s Jewish history
When Simone Blankstein, 35, moved to Vermont with her husband five years ago, she went to the Chabad House in Burlington to meet new friends. Since then, the couple has taken part in holiday programs and other events and classes at the Chabad center, whic...
Kindling the first candle in response to swastikas painted on her office walls
Joined by students and faculty, including Nobel Prize laureates, a Columbia Teachers College professor whose office was vandalized with anti-Semitic images last week lit the first candle of the Columbia University campus menorah in front of the famed Low ...
Calls for Jewish solidarity after anti-Semitic attacks around the world
Record crowds are expected at public menorah-lightings this year following calls for increased participation everywhere as a sign of Jewish solidarity following the mass shooting by a gunman that left 11 Jewish worshippers dead in Pittsburgh, in addition ...
A young Chabad couple moving to San Miguel will take a venerable scroll with them
In November, Rabbi Daniel and Raizel Huebner will move with their three children from New Jersey to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to run a Chabad center. They’ll be taking with them a traveling Torah dedicated by Rabbi Tuvia Teldon, regional director of ...
Program sends kids home with a weekly taste of their heritage
Raquel Balsam remembers the day she saw a flyer for a Jewish music class for children run by the Brooklyn Heights Chabad. She brought her daughter to the next class, and her family has been hooked on the “YoShaba Shaba Live! Welcoming Shabbat Program” eve...
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