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Musia Kaplan is a freelance writer from Brooklyn, N.Y. You can contact Musia here.
The true story of Pinchas ben Peretz Halevi
“The rabbi was there to see other people too, but he made me feel like I was the only one he had come to visit.”
My childhood was a scrambled mix of Christmas trees and Chanukah menorahs, church visits and the occasional Jewish service.
Community residents look forward to a new Jewish presence
A global pandemic has swept over the world, and to many, the future seems murky and unsure; planning past tomorrow feels impossible. But for the new Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries who have taken up their posts since the coronavirus began to spread, now is th...
A young adult’s Jewish journey in Tampa with Chabad Young Professionals
With its sundrenched beaches and relaxed lifestyle, Tampa, Fla., can be an ideal city in which to grow up. For Josh D., the tree-lined streets of Tampa were the backdrop of his childhood. Josh’s father is Italian Catholic, and his mom is Jewish. Growing u...
Born with a rare Down Syndrome-like condition, grew to model positivity and inclusion
When Danny Green was born with Partial Trisomy 18 (a rare chromosomal disorder similar to Down syndrome) in 1972, doctors knew of only seven other documented cases. They suggested that his parents leave him behind in the hospital; his prospects for life w...
Dipping into surf, sports and some serious learning
Sometimes in life, you have to dive in head first. That’s especially relevant when swimming in the sea of Jewish knowledge. The “Snorkel & Study” winter retreat program offers college women the chance to submerge themselves in Torah learning and growt...
Rabbi Refoel and Chana Silver are reinvigorating Jewish life on the island
Curaçao has been home to a Jewish community since 1651, when a small group of settlers in search of economic opportunity—descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who had settled in the Netherlands after being expelled from their homes in 1492—set sail t...
A Chabad contingent does what they do best: offer sustenance in all its forms
If there’s one thing the world has been reminded of in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it’s that when it comes to human lives and suffering, people respond. When women in the Chabad community in Houston, Texas, saw what was going on around them, they took i...
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