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Refugees join 5,000 other Jewish kids at Gan Israel camps in the former Soviet Union
Like their counterparts in the West, most Jewish campers in the former Soviet Union receive the most extensive, joyous and impactful encounters with their heritage and traditions during the summer months. What makes some of the 5,000 campers in the 61 Cha...
More than 1,200 children are involved in a program now in its 35th year
JERUSALEM—Summer is in high gear, with a million things for kids to do: people to see, day and overnight camps to attend, sleepovers with friends, family trips and just being able run out to the nearest neighborhood playground to do what kids do best. But...
More than 60 synagogues will be open until dawn for the Tikkun Leil Shavuot service
The first night of the festival of Shavuot is not one for sleeping in Jewish communities around the world. It is the night when Tikkun Leil Shavuot (rectification of the night of Shavuot)—a specific text comprising written, oral and mystical aspects of th...
Parades, bonfires and special events, with a focus on children
Lag BaOmer is a day of rejoicing and celebration for Jews around the world. But in Israel there is a special ta’am, or “flavor,” as Jews of all ages and backgrounds gather together throughout the country—at night and into the day—in festive displays of Je...
Innovative Colel Chabad program continues after its launch before Purim
JERUSALEM—Colel Chabad has launched an innovative debit card program this year that enables Israelis in need to go to designated supermarkets and purchase their holiday necessities according to their own choices. And they can do so with dignity and self-r...
Children with special needs and their volunteer partners team up for a grand day out
JERUSALEM—What was most noticeable at last week’s baseball game between the “Cubs” and the “White Sox” at Jerusalem’s Kraft Stadium were the smiles and laughter as players stepped up to the plate and then rounded the bases in an inaugural game for childre...
Thousands to hear Megillat Esther in restaurants, bakeries, parks and in the streets
JERUSALEM—When Rabbi Yisroel and Shoshana (“Shoshi”) Goldberg first arrived in the upscale Jerusalem neighborhood of Rechavia six years ago, they operated out of synagogues and held classes in private homes whose owners were only too happy to welcome them...
With tefillin, sacred texts and Shabbat meals, emissaries soldier on despite daily attacks
KIRYAT ARBA, ISRAEL—What does it take to thrive, working day in and day out in this town on the outskirts of the biblical city of Hebron, close to the Cave of the Patriarchs, amid daily and sometimes deadly terror attacks? For Rabbi Yosef (“Yossi”) and Mi...
Residents line up in droves in winter weather to do a mitzvah following the deaths of two Israelis
TEL AVIV—With a suspected terrorist killer still at large six days after opening fire at a popular restaurant/pub in Tel Aviv—resulting in the deaths of two Israeli men, and then killing a third, an Israeli Arab taxi driver who picked him up after fleeing...
From north to south and east to west, making the holiday remarkable for residents and tourists alike
Jews around the world lit their menorahs on Sunday—the first night of Chanukah—commencing the eight-day Festival of Lights. As each new candle is added and as the menorah brightens the world each night, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries throughout Israel are wo...
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