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Nancy K.S. Hochman

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Nancy K.S. Hochman is a freelance journalist and essayist, a creative writing teacher and an admission essay writing coach. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, Child, Seventeen Magazine, Hadassah Magazine, B’Nai B’rith Jewish Monthly, Na’amat Woman and many other publications.
A young Chabad emissary living in Africa chose to honor his milestone by building a well
Until now, the villagers of Atunda Village in Nigeria had to walk miles to access safe drinking water. But last month, Yossi Uzan, 13, chose to honor his becoming a bar mitzvah by helping finance a source of clean potable water for its residents. He was i...
Friends and strangers help small community observe the mitzvah of mikvah
On Sunday, March 3, nearly 100 people gathered in celebration and support of the newly inaugurated Mei Perel Glikel - The Salem Mikvah in Oregon’s capital city of Salem. The sparkling new mikvah is a milestone for the city’s 1,500 or so Jews, said Fruma P...
A family’s dedication to preserving Jewish life wherever they live
In 1914, Jewish Afghani brothers Rahamim and David Shamash returned from Jerusalem to Afghanistan along the well-trodden routes of the Silk Road with two new Torah scrolls, written for the Jewish communities of Afghanistan. A century later, after falling ...
Known for boundless enthusiasm for Chabad teachings and practices
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Itkin, an acclaimed teacher, mashpia (‘Chassidic mentor’) and kashrut executive who brought his tireless enthusiasm for Torah study and Chassidic philosophy and customs to the Pittsburgh Jewish community for more than 40 years, passed...
Aleph Institute-endorsed chaplains bring Festival of Lights to troops
On a warm and dry December day in southern Kuwait, close to 40 soldiers, sailors and marines training at Camp Arifjan gathered to celebrate Chanukah. They lit menorahs, engaged in dreidel-spinning contests, savored home-fried potato latkes and sufganiyot ...
Rabbi sent menorahs to all the city’s residents
The welcoming and bucolic city of Jackson Hole, Wyo., is home to about 600 Jewish residents. This Chanukah, in light of the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks in Israel and the darkness that has filled the world since, a Wyoming rabbi decided to give every resident...
Celebrating Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah with special joy
Although Hollywood writers and many others in the entertainment industry are still reeling from the impact of lost revenue from a five-month strike that ended last week, some are making a point of experiencing a special zeman simchateinu (“the season of o...
Ceremony in Montreal on Sunday, Sept. 10 to be broadcast live on Chabad.org
More than 40 years after the launch of the first “Unity Torah”—a Torah scroll written for the sake of the unity of the Jewish people worldwide—thousands will gather in Montreal on Sunday, Sept. 10 to honor the completion of the Ninth Unity Sefer Torah, de...
Deli 613 draws residents old and new, both Jewish tourists and non-Jewish Dubliners
Dublin’s storied Jewish history has turned a new page in recent years as open borders and international cooperation have lured a new Jewish population to the city’s burgeoning economic center. One challenge for many new Jewish arrivals—as for lifelong Jew...
Dedication follows the theft of two scrolls at synagogue’s opening one year ago
LONG BEACH, Long Island, N.Y.—There are few acts of vandalism or theft more traumatic to a Jewish community than the loss or destruction of a Torah scroll, so when two scrolls were stolen on the very same day that Chabad of the Beaches moved into its new ...
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