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Faygie Levy Holt

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Faygie Holt is an award-winning journalist and regular contributor to Chabad.org and other media outlets. She is also the author of “The New Girl” and “Trouble Ahead,” the first two novels in her Achdus Club book series for girls. Learn more at her website.
From the middle of Canada to the middle of China, it’s possible with some planning
Passover planning when you live in the prairie lands in Saskatchewan, Canada, isn’t as simple as getting in the car and driving to the nearest supermarket. Not that there aren’t supermarkets in the city of Saskatoon, it’s just that the number of kosher it...
Chabad.org makes it easy to participate in the age-old tradition
Ian Zlotnik did something last week that he had never done before: He sold his chametz. Zlotnik, a busy young professional and New Jersey transplant to Houston, was at the Chabad House helping set up for YJP Houston’s monthly Shabbat dinner for young prof...
Ritual bath to accommodate a thriving Jewish community
Local dignitaries, Jewish community members and others gathered on March 31 for the grand opening of the first-ever mikvah on the Korean Peninsula. Among those who attended the event were U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Harry B. Harris and U.S. A...
Chabad at University of South Carolina to hold memorial service
As the daylight faded on Sunday night in Columbia, S.C., hundreds of candles illuminated the darkness, and the words of Tehillim (Psalms), were read aloud as students, community members, friends and family gathered to remember Samantha Josephson, a 21-yea...
JewQ brings together students who learn about Judaism after their regular school day
Certainly you could understand if Leah Ada Klein, 9, was a little nervous as she prepared to step onto the stage at the New Heights Middle School in Brooklyn, N.Y. Not only was she about to participate with dozens of kids in a competition testing her Jewi...
Business and tourism make for a growing Jewish presence in Seoul
Binah Messinger was faced with a unique challenge when her husband, Capt. Joseph Messinger, a U.S. Army chaplain, was stationed in South Korea. With no ritual bath or mikvah on the Korean peninsula, observing the laws of taharat hamishpachah, or Jewish fa...
Estee Ackerman’s success while fasting on 10 Tevet precedes singles’ victory over No. 1 Olympic seed
That a Shabbat-observant teen on her way to the 2020 Olympics took home the gold for the Under-20 Girls’ Doubles with her partner, Linda Shu, from Texas is an impressive feat. But what made the victory truly extraordinary is that she was competing in the ...
Chabad of Chico initiative helps victims in dire need of transportation
When the Camp Fire started in Butte County, Calif., Rachel Begbie and her husband, Paul, were recovering from a severe accident they’d had while on vacation a few weeks earlier, trying to mend from several broken bones and Paul’s jaw, which is also broken...
Surrounded by death and destruction, some Jewish residents have lost everything but hope
It seemed like just a regular morning in Paradise. It was Nov. 8, and Randy Stein had an early-morning doctor’s appointment in the nearby town of Oroville, Calif. His wife, Lois, joined him, leaving their home intending to return a few hours later. There ...
In the midst of back-to-back crises, people are helping neighbors, offering support
Voices filled with emotion, Chabad rabbis from across California made clear their determination to help people in need while dealing with the devastation a weekend of at-times uncontrollable fires has wrought on their hometowns. “Paradise is a part of our...
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