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Carin M. Smilk is a writer and editor in the news division of Chabad.org.
Chabad couple brings programs and learning to Jewish staff and future doctors
Max Weinberg leaves his house before dawn and returns home after dusk, or sometimes not until the next day, says his wife, Jessica Weinberg. That’s the life of an orthopedic resident. “It’s a tough schedule with very little free time,” says Jessica Weinbe...
Rabbi Menachem Kutner talks about the work of Chabad Terror Victims Project
Terrorism has always been a fact of life in Israel. Even during periods of calm, the ongoing work of helping those lives who have been impacted by attacks in the past is never-ending. And when tensions spike—when Israel is on the brink of conflict as it i...
Travel to Israel provides first-time experiences for participants
Monica Smolyar is like any other 21-year-old. She wants to get out and see the world. One of the places she always dreamed of visiting was Israel. She has a lot of family there, and so her parents have been to the Jewish state many times to see them. Her ...
Rebbetzin cited as an ongoing role model on the 30th anniversary of passing
For the more than 3,000 women who filled every table—every inch of the ballroom at the New York Hilton Hotel in Midtown—it came as no surprise that such significant news would be reported the same night they honored one of the most significant people in t...
Festive events around the world recall old memories and aim to create new ones
It’s human nature to prefer beginnings to ends. But each year, the Jewish people get to experience both in one fell swoop as they get to see, quite literally, where the Torah reading stops, and then starts, all over again. For many, the holiday of Simchat...
Building on last year’s Hakhel success, rabbis see a positive trend
In some places in the world with large Jewish populations, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries can attract thousands to mega-events like challah bakes, public menorah-lightings and massive Shabbat dinners. But in Belo Horizonte, Brazil—where more than 130 men con...
Jewish leadership skills are the focus of a CTeen summer program
“It gave me my voice. It helped me evolve as a person,” says 18-year-old Rachel Wilkes of her years with CTeen, the Chabad teen network. “It showed me that I can be who I want to be.” The native of Hollywood, Fla., is off to study for a year in Israel, bu...
State-of-the art building on two-acre campus in the city was decades in the making
It was a grand opening and Lag BaOmer festivities wrapped into one. More than 700 people in the Jewish community in Calgary joined together to witness the May 14 ribbon-cutting and mezuzah-hanging of the brand-new Chabad-Lubavitch of Alberta, and wish a “...
A spiritual experience for women in Western Africa, most of them Israeli
It took a year-and-a-half to complete the brand-new mikvah in Abuja, the capital city in the middle of Nigeria. But it was completed and inaugurated the same day, a welcome addition in a place where Jewish amenities, and even visitors, are few and far bet...
For trainee and therapist Rabbi Levy Pekar, it’s an opportunity to serve
Discussing his work with gusto, Levy Pekar sounds like any other young professional starting a career in full force. Pekar, 29, is training to be a U.S. Air Force chaplain, beginning what will be nearly six months of back-to-back training programs. He’s a...
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