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Loebenstein, Shmuel

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Finding common ground in a holy place
Muslims have been taking care of Kolkata’s historic Beth El Synagogue for much of its 161 years. It’s a story of co-existence and co-operation that locals say captures India’s spirit, especially at a time when religious tensions grip many parts of the glo...
Innovative afterschool program brings 8- to 10-year-olds together
Crêpes will burn if you don’t pour the batter evenly and quickly. On a blustery afternoon in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mussie Procel watched as her class of budding chefs tended to their bubbling pans with the intensity and single-mindedness that only 8-year-olds i...
Chabad couple hits the ground running, tapping into the momentum of Jewish activity
Montenegro has no synagogue, but that’s about to change. The government gifted the Jewish community with land in central Podgorica several years ago, and construction is slated to start soon. Yet the community isn’t waiting for the synagogue to be built b...
Foggy, rugged island on the North Atlantic has no Jewish school or kosher dairy—at least, not yet
I could hear the screech of packing tape being stretched across cardboard boxes and the thud, thud of its ends being slapped down by eager hands. Speaking by phone to Rabbi Chanan Chernitsky at his apartment in Montreal, a mountain of cargo seemed to grow...
Helping others as part of an intercontinental charitable effort
Michal Tenenbaum was filled with anticipation, wondering how long it would take for her hair to grow. Tenenbaum, a 12th-grader at Beth Rivkah Ladies College—a Chabad school in Melbourne, Australia—hadn’t cut her hair since November and still hadn’t reache...
Replete with Jewish history, the island is the final French frontier, according to rabbi
Every few weeks, Rabbi Levi Pinson takes the ferry from Corsica to Nice. It’s much quicker by plane, about 45 minutes, but Pinson needs to bring his car along so he can cram it with kosher food on the way back. If you drew a line along the French-Italian ...
Vast and remote northeast area gets a permanent Jewish presence
MELBOURNE—Australia’s vast northern state, Queensland, juts defiantly towards the equator, as if daring people to make a home on its sunburnt plains. Its upper coast is dotted with places like Cairns and Cook and Mackay—towns that look and feel like they ...
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