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1,500 attend Shoreline Jewish Festival in Guilford Green, including Gov. Ned Lamont and Sen. Richard Blumenthal
GUILFORD, Conn.—The green at the center of this quaint town on the Connecticut shore of Long Island Sound was once again bustling with Jewish life this week, bringing together the Jewish and general communities for five hours of Jewish music, crafts, stor...
A rabbi and rabbinical student drive 230 miles to provide a traditional burial
When Rabbi Chaim Schmukler of Chabad of New Mexico in Albuquerque received a call from a Jewish man telling him that his homeless brother was in the city morgue in Amarillo, Texas, awaiting imminent cremation, the rabbi knew he had to act fast. He immedia...
Synagogue members and yeshivah students step up to ensure a proper Jewish burial
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The message on our shul’s WhatsApp group announcing, in caps, a MITZVAH OPPORTUNITY caught my attention. I admit to sometimes skimming or even ignoring such messages during a busy week, as they are usually about an upcoming class, a speci...
New mikvah opening Sunday, Oct. 24, highlights community growth
KINGSTON, N.Y.—Rabbi Y. Yitzhak Hecht’s sense of humor is as admirable as his sense of determination. When I arrived at Congregation Agudas Achim, he greeted me enthusiastically and playfully with his smartphone in hand, ready to capture my reaction when ...
Professor Stephen Shore learns, prays, dines and does mitzvahs at Chabad centers worldwide
Professor Stephen Shore has an important place at the table—not only in the world of autism but at Shabbat and study tables at Chabad Houses around the world. Shore, who is autistic himself, is clinical assistant professor at Adelphi University’s Ruth S. ...
Team Israel baseball player Eric Brodkowitz talks about his Jewish growth on campus
When Eric Brodkowitz left home in Potomac, Md., to study at Yale University and to pitch for the Yale Bulldogs baseball team, his mother, Jill, did what any concerned Jewish mother might do: She turned to her local Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi, who reached out ...
Chabad of Japan to provide prayers, Torah study, mitzvahs, kosher food and a home away from home
The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics are still more than six months away (July 24 to Aug. 9), but the team at Chabad-Lubavitch of Tokyo is already hard at work. Rabbi Mendi Sudakevich, who arrived in Tokyo 20 years ago from his native Kfar Chabad, Israel, is gr...
State-of-the-art center sets new standards in treatment and inclusion for people with special needs
More than 3,000 visitors were expected to attend the grand opening and dedication ceremony on Monday afternoon at LifeTown, a 53,000-square-foot center in Livingston, N.J., that promises to redefine the treatment landscape and the principle of community i...
Grand opening of 53,000-square-foot center a revolutionary next step in treatment and integration
On the morning that the 53,000-square-foot LifeTown center first opened its doors in December 2018 in Livingston, N.J., Jason Campbell, its therapy director, found himself in the complex’s manicured indoor park. He watched as a dozen or so children with s...
First national program for volunteers to visit individual Jewish inmates at federal prisons across country
Tell a friend you are going to federal prison and responses vary from surprise, to sarcastic comments, to questions about why a person would spend precious volunteer time visiting someone who had committed a crime. When I was asked to take part in a new v...
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