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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.
Remembering the dead, comforting families, honoring first responders
For the first time since Sept. 11, 2001, Rosh Hashanah and the tragic day on which almost 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks overlap. Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis are marking the day with shows of unity, public memorials and shofar-blowing. “What th...
Maurice Kaye was an inspiration in Bournemouth, England, for many decades
Maurice Kaye, an inspiration to the Jewish community of Bournemouth, England, for decades, whose marriage of 84 years was believed to be the longest in Britain, passed away last week at the age of 106. An unforgettable fixture at his local Chabad House, h...
A volunteer program geared for the elderly brings joy and Jewish connection
Rhoda Morris keeps Chabad on her calendar. The resident of Tempe, Ariz., started attending events through the “Smile on Seniors” program, which operates out of Chabad Lubavitch of Arizona in Phoenix, about two years ago. She says she loves the camaraderie...
Rick Scott lauds activism in education and community service
During remarks to 50 children ages 6 to 13 at Chabad of Naples Hebrew school, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott announced $2 million in funding that he and the Florida Legislature recently approved to strengthen security in at-risk non-public schools, includi...
Two 25-year-old graduates channel their business success
Yakir Gola and Rafael Ilishayev, both 25, have achieved great success as co-founders of the 24-hour delivery service goPuff, which they started in their third year of college. The Drexel University graduates, who met the first day of freshman year, were n...
Raising and delivering assistance for those on Hawaiian island who lost everything
Devastating rainfall on the Hawaiian island of Kauai has washed away houses, cars and livestock, and turned calm water wild, recounts Rabbi Michoel Goldman, who co-directs GANI-Chabad Kauai with his wife, Zisel. “There were homes just going down the river...
Chabad delivers millions of shmurah matzahs; will host thousands of Seders worldwide
Chabad delivers millions of shmurah matzahs; to host thousands of communal Seders
Chabad centers everywhere set for holiday, which begins on Wednesday night
It’s going to be a busy Purim in Portland. Across the city’s four Chabad centers, there’ll be an event for young professionals, a celebration on campus at Reed College, and community parties in Oregon’s Northeast, Southwest and Southeast Portland, says Ra...
They will be among a record 2,500 teens from 436 cities at 10th international Shabbaton
Some 2,500 young delegates will converge in New York this weekend for the CTeen International Shabbaton. The summit, now in its 10th year, will bring together teens from around the world for camaraderie and fun, and this year especially, for inspiration a...
A local effort to connect Jews to their roots and bring blessings to a country
Interest in Chassidic teachings and Torah study are on the rise in Nigeria, according to Rabbi Israel Uzan, co-director of Chabad Lubavitch of Nigeria. And now, those wanting to learn have some more tools at their disposal. A recent project to print the T...
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