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Ellen Braunstein

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Ellen Braunstein is a freelance writer working for several Jewish publications. She is based in Chicago.
A Chabad initiative brings kosher to Jews of Utah, North Carolina and beyond
You may not think of Salt Lake City as a place for an award-winning kosher falafel, but thanks to Chabad’s bright green Yalla food truck, Utahns can now easily dig into fresh, hot, certified kosher Mediterranean food. The kosher food truck has emerged as ...
Rep. Mike Lawler assists in the initiative of making and distributing challah to the sick, those celebrating milestones and those keeping Shabbat
The Chabad Jewish Center of Suffern, N.Y., recently celebrated a major milestone—the baking of 12,000 challahs for the community since the Covid pandemic began. For many, the challah-baking has quickly become an “act of love, friendship and care,” Devorah...
Chabad breaks ground on new multimillion-dollar campus
Amid a week-long, anti-Israel encampment at the University of Chicago, the Jewish community proudly showed up to the groundbreaking ceremony for a $3.2-million expansion of the Rohr Chabad Center on campus. “We believe that when Jewish students are in a c...
Thousands at Binghamton U. shatter record for largest campus Shabbat dinner
A mega Shabbat dinner on Friday night served to unify the Jewish community of Binghamton University in New York with a record 2,200 students participating. The Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life sponsored the April 5 event, saying that it was the ...
As in 2017, Chabad in remote Carbondale, Ill., to host eclipse chasers
An Illinois Chabad center along the route of Monday’s total solar eclipse will host out-of-town Jews seeking to witness the historic spectacle and get its Jewish perspective. Rabbi Mendel Scheiman, director of the Carbondale Chabad Center at Southern Illi...
Family of five killed after engine failure over Nashville
A close-knit community in Canada is grieving over the devastating loss of a family of five who died on March 7 in a fiery small-plane crash in Nashville, Tenn. The Dotsenkos—Victor, 43, the pilot, and his wife Rima, 37—were described as “involved and gene...
‘Tefillin Together’ unites Jewish students in colleges across North America
In the face of antisemitic hostility on university campuses, Jewish college students across North America are challenging one another to gather publicly at the center of their campuses to put on tefillin. The “Tefillin Together” challenge, started by 15 s...
Celebration in Virginia moves to nearby college, attracting hundreds
A sense of perseverance in Jewish communities around the world in the face of war in Israel and antisemitism at home has led to a surge in public Chanukah displays and Jewish pride this year, a trend that was highlighted by the cancellation of Chabad’s pu...
Menorah-lightings at football, basketball and hockey games
The venerable American tradition of Monday Night Football met the ancient Jewish holiday of Chanukah in front of hundreds of thousands of NFL fans at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Before and during the nationally televised Miami Dolphins vs. Te...
Belev Echad gala in Manhattan raises $4.3 million
For the 1,500 guests who attended Belev Echad’s fundraising gala in Manhattan on Nov. 20, the evening was far more than an opportunity to raise $4.3 million for wounded Israeli soldiers. It was their first opportunity to personally connect with young hero...
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