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2,000 backpackers in Nepal and thousands more worldwide to attend Chabad seders
When 20-year-old rabbinical students Mendel Kastel and Mendel Lipskier arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, on very short notice in April 1989, they knew they had their work cut out for them. But they were ready. Preparing a large, communal Passover Seder is logi...
JERUSALEM—It’s still early Friday morning, but Agripas Street is already wide awake. Those staying in town for Shabbat are rushing to the historic Machane Yehuda market (also known as the shuk) to buy food, challah, wine and other staples for the day of r...
TechTribe events to bring Jewish spirituality and networking to festival that begins March 9
Amid a busy schedule covering the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) tech, music and film festival for New York’s TechCrunch website, writer Fitz Tepper will be taking a relaxing Shabbat break mid-conference, thanks to an organization called Tech Tribe and it...
Rabbi Yitzchok Moully brings spiritual and emotional depth to a new exhibit
Yitzchok Moully was in the middle of what had been a normal day at work when, he said, he “received an email . . . a heavy email”—one that provokes reaction, that makes your stomach drop and clouds your head. “I said to myself, I can’t just hit delete. I ...
Rabbi bonds with the few Jewish residents at a nursing home in Plymouth, Mass.
Jacob Chartoff was born and raised in Boston. As a young man, he attended Harvard University enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, graduating with a degree in English literature. He chuckled when recalling that annual tuition back then was a w...
Having taken part in the very first parade, he continues the tradition in Canada
On May 3, 1953, Yosef Minkowitz, all of 5 years old, marched in the first Lag BaOmer children’s parade in New York City. He and another 200 or so students from Jewish schools started in the back courtyard of Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters at 770 Eastern Pa...
Chabad hosts more than 80 high-tech high-schoolers at international meet
Robots, once the domain of science fiction, are everywhere. They’ve been designed to replace lost limbs, help people walk, and assist in a myriad of professional and personal tasks. But no matter how many issues technology mitigates, some jobs are still m...
Aircraft carrier one of many holiday sites for Jewish military personnel stationed worldwide
The cleaning, cooking, getting rid of all chametz, setting the table, organizing the seder . . . If you think it’s hard preparing for Passover, try doing it 500 nautical miles away from shore on an aircraft carrier. Lt. Nicholas Fritzhand is up to the tas...
A Shabbat dinner for 300 festival-goers, followed shortly afterwards by pedicabs and a holiday party
Everything is bigger in Texas. So goes the saying, and in terms of this Shabbat—and this Purim—that very well may be true. More than 300 people are expected at Shabbat dinner this week in Austin as part of the annual SXSW (South by Southwest) film, intera...
For three decades, Rabbi Kasriel Kastel has organized programs for inmates statewide
Soon after the Havdalah flames are doused on Saturday night, March 11, rabbis and rabbinical students will be starting their engines and embarking on a Purim adventure across the state of New York. They will observe Purim—a holiday that celebrates Jews’ m...
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