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Karen Schwartz

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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.
Chabad Lifeline pivots to serve and support people in recovery
Amber is a young Canadian mother who has spent much of her life dealing with the wreckage caused by alcohol and drugs. After residing in an in-patient rehabilitation center during the first part of 2019, she was connected with Chabad Lifeline—a Montreal-b...
25 hospitals and thousands of individuals around the state receive protective gear
With New Jersey’s Health Emergency extended another 30 days on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the state and much of the nation, residents and health-care workers are preparing for continued restrictions—and looking to take the n...
Preparing and delivering with social distancing and safety in mind
Pediatric dental resident Dr. Mirissa Price has been working day and night in a Boston emergency room and dental clinic during the coronavirus pandemic, her family quarantined together on the other side of the country. Last Friday, Price hurried across th...
As more and more people find themselves home, Passover prep begins
With people staying in place to celebrate Passover with immediate family only, in accordance with government guidelines for the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the number of Seders taking place around the world will be greater this year than ever...
2,700 teens and chaperones leave spiritually enriched after an inspiring weekend in New York
CTeen gave Rachel Wilkes-Goffstein a new perspective on life, says the 20-year-old from Hollywood, Fla., who attended her seventh CTeen International Shabbaton this past weekend, coming as a chaperone for a second time, in addition to the five times she a...
The goal of the ‘Ambassadors of Light’ effort is to distribute menorahs and make new connections
Chanukah was just around the corner, and Yudi Hercenberg was out delivering menorahs. The Manhattan resident is passionate about helping make sure as many people as possible can participate in the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles for the holiday, whic...
A camp-like experience for children of emissaries from around the world
Mendel Plotkin, 11, is getting ready for an adventure. He’s headed to New York City to participate in the kids’ division programming of the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim), a once-a-year gathering that brings rab...
Workshops, prayer, study and gala celebration highlight world’s largest rabbinic conference
Thousands of rabbis and communal leaders from around the world are converging on New York City over the next few days for an annual conference that celebrates Jewish pride and unity. Hailing from 100 countries, the International Conference of Chabad-Lubav...
High Holidays are a time for renewed spirituality
Ari Shortt is looking forward to celebrating Rosh Hashanah with his community. Shortt, a Ph.D. candidate studying psychology in Guelph, Ontario, will head to his neighborhood Chabad center with his wife, Eva, and two sons, ages 5 and 2, to enjoy the holid...
From a Torah scroll in an Arizona living room to a 12,500-square-foot full-service facility
Some 13 years ago, Flagstaff, Ariz., resident Baruch Gershater heard a knock at his office door. Standing on the other side was Rabbi Dovie Shapiro, who asked if he could come in and chat. Shapiro and his wife, Chaya, were new in town as co-directors of C...
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