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Decorated World War II veteran, survived the Spanish flu pandemic
Philip Kahn was born on Dec. 15, 1919, as the Spanish flu ravaged the world. He took ill shortly after his birth, though wound up living a century until experiencing another pandemic, this one costing him his life. He passed away on April 17 due to compli...
Amshinover Rebbe of Borough Park
Rabbi Yosef Kalish led the American branch of what was once among the largest Chassidic courts in Poland, the Amshinov Chassidic dynasty. He passed away on April 5 after contracting COVID-19. Amshinov was founded in the mid-19th century by Rabbi Yaakov Do...
She survived the Holocaust to become the matriarch of a Chassidic dynasty
The revered Rebbetzin Chaya Nechama Halberstam, a Nazi death-camp survivor and wife of 47 years of the Sanz-Klausenburger Rebbe, Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam, passed away on April 4 after being in ill health in recent years. She was 96 years old. A r...
Principal of Yesodey HaTorah Senior Girls’ School, former Hackney councillor
Rabbi Avrohom Pinter, a leading Jewish figure in London and the first rabbi in England to serve as a town council member, passed away on April 13 after succumbing to COVID-19. Pinter was born into community activism. His father, Rabbi Shmelke Pinter, arri...
Last-ditch effort in Caribbean saves life of Israeli seafarer stranded by coronavirus
It was eerily reminiscent of the route that Jews-turned-pirates fleeing Spain and Portugal in the 17th century would take. Making their way across the North Atlantic, these legendary swashbuckling Jewish pirates once roamed the Caribbean from Curaçao to J...
Bringing inspiration and Jewish pride to some 40 percent of Aussie and Kiwi Jews
MELBOURNE, Australia—From Dunedin on the southern tip of New Zealand to Townsville in Australia’s tropical north, they came together on Lag BaOmer as “one people with one heart.” The tough coronavirus lockdowns since mid-March down under haven’t dampened ...
How the far-flung Auckland community is keeping together and apart during the pandemic
After last Yom Kippur, as the community members of Chabad of Auckland, New Zealand, gathered together to break the fast, one congregant rose, telling those gathered: “If it weren’t for Chabad, I wouldn’t have been at synagogue today. I would have been at ...
Circumcised tens of thousands at no cost to others
Rabbi Avraham (“Romi”) Hakohen Cohn, a renowned mohel, or ritual circumciser, who for decades served as the head mohel of the circumcision program of F.R.E.E (Friends of Refugees from Eastern Europe), passed away on his 91st Hebrew birthday, on March 24 a...
Thousands of queries on Jewish law and life as coronavirus spreads
5:30 a.m. It’s still dark outside when Chani Benjaminson, coordinator of Chabad.org’s “Ask the Rabbi” and Reader Feedback departments, sits down at her screen, steaming hot tea in hand, and begins to sort through the day’s mail. She’s on the lookout for t...
The Hand of G-d in a hidden corner of the world
In late February, Tasmania’s Jewish community was rocked from its tranquil existence by a string of anti-Semitic displays—a synagogue defaced and swastikas prominently displayed in front of a home—horrifying local residents and the state as a whole. Tucke...
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