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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...
Chabad couple packs up the kosher food and meets 20 people in a sylvan spot called Nelson
Nestled within Canada’s Selkirk Mountains, the city of Nelson, British Columbia, has neither synagogue nor rabbi. But there are Jews there, according to Judy Banfield, a resident since 1990. With a long history of counterculture and individualism—tied to ...
Dinner, amity and spirituality on campus, with a new goal in the Hakhel year
An annual program at Binghamton University in Upstate New York called “Shabbat 1800” brought together nearly that many students on a recent Friday evening to celebrate the Jewish Sabbath. It marked the 22nd year since the inception of the concept at Bingh...
Celebrating the freedom, customs and traditions of the Jewish people
Jews the world over are counting down the hours before the start of Passover. Chabad centers are opening their doors to locals and travelers alike in nearly 85 countries, with seders being held in some 600 cities that span the globe. Over the course of th...
Hundreds probe Jewish issues and identity as part of year-long Hakhel project
Like most pilot projects, there was no guarantee that it would get off the ground. But not only did it take off, the Jewish unity project and its results have lingered with participants long after the actual experiences. To celebrate the Hakhel year—occur...
Regional Shabbaton brings together 300 students from universities around the country
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered warm greetings to the largest intercollegiate gathering of Jewish students in Canada—nearly 300 students from more than a dozen universities—that took place over the weekend in Ottawa. He offered his apprecia...
From galas to small get-togethers, projects involve nearly 40 Chabad centers
Record temperatures of 18 degrees below zero (-28 degrees Celcius) couldn’t keep the hardy denizens of Montreal from banding together this month for an evening of inspiration, camaraderie and unity. A crowd of nearly 1,000 people spilled into the aisles o...
Annual Chabad dinner moved to the 19th district, near the site of the Hyper Cacher attack
Nearly 2,000 people, including hundreds of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries, attended the 10th annual Beth Loubavitch gala dinner on Wednesday night in Paris. The evening was dedicated to Rabbi Shmuel “Moulé” Azimov, the former leader of the Chabad community i...
Tens of thousands take part in an inspiring start to a new year of Jewish connectedness
It was a scene to behold. Over the course of 90 minutes on Sunday, some 50,000 Jewish men, women and children from cities that spanned the globe practiced a 3,000-year-old tradition with a 21st-century twist. In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses told the peo...
Led by a Chabad couple, some 70 people will cast their sins into the Grand Union Canal
It seems natural that the Tashlich service, where a Jewish person symbolically tosses away his or her sins from the previous year, happens at the water—a soothing place of introspection and contemplation. While most stand alongside a body of water to perf...
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