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Stories and reports that have appeared in the media during the past two weeks regarding Chabad-Lubavitch

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Jewish Families Lose Homes as Fires Rage in Eight Counties - Jweekly

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Rabbi Menachem Landa of Chabad Jewish Center of Novato, had been in touch with Rabbi Mendel Wolvovsky of the Chabad Jewish Center of Sonoma County and Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum of Chabad of Napa Valley. Both reported they and their families were safe, with the Wolvovsky family voluntarily evacuating west of the fire zone. “Rabbi Tenenbaum texted me,” Landa said. “There are lots of evacuations in the city but they are still in Napa in case anyone needs assistance.”...

Keeping the Mezuzah Kosher - Daily Herald - Lynnwood, WA

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Liberow held up a piece of parchment with sacred text inscribed on it 150 years ago. “Look at the sharpness of the ink,” he said. The texts are written using a quill from turkey or goose feathers. The quill’s point has to be sharpened every hour or two. It’s the same writing instrument that was used in the writing of the Declaration of Independence, he said...

South Dakota Rabbi Celebrates Jewish Festival of Sukkot - KSFY - Sioux Falls, SD

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

"This event has been celebrated since the Jews left Egypt thousand of years ago. Every single year, Jews around the world and Israel and in South Dakota dwell in this Sukkah," Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz with the Chabad Jewish Center of South Dakota said. The Jewish festival of Sukkot began Wednesday and South Dakota's new rabbi is helping Jews in the state mark this important celebration. For a full week, Jews around the world live in these temporary structures where everyone is welcome...

Festive Sukkot Holiday Meals Provided Throughout Israel Via Centuries-Old Network - Jewish Press

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

Thousands of Israelis living at and under the poverty line this year were able to enjoy holiday meals along with everyone else, due to the efforts of a centuries-old network. Colel Chabad’s national network of soup kitchens, part of Israel’s longest continuously running charity, founded in 1788, gets busiest right around the holidays. The kitchens were working around the clock this Sukkot to help those who would otherwise have been alone or unable to put a festive meal on their tables ahead of the Jewish holiday, also known as the Festival of Booths, or the Feast of Tabernacles...

Synagogue Prepares for Festival of Sukkot - Augusta Chronicle - GA

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

...“We have a wonderful and very talented art instructor in Dr. Karen Heid, who comes each year to help the children with the decorations. We have also been most fortunate to have Rabbi Fischer from Chabad of Augusta with whom we partner for some of our programming. It has all come together so nicely,” Sirull said.

House On The Roll For Sukkot - Northbrook, IL Patch

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

Chabad of Northbrook will take to the streets in an innovative traveling sukkah hut in order to enable Jewish people to celebrate the holiday. With a sukkah constructed and placed in the back of a pickup truck, it helps bring the holiday right to people’s doorstep. The sukkah, a temporary structure covered with vegetation or bamboo, commemorates the time the Jews wandered in the desert wilderness on their way to the Promised Land and the miraculous clouds that surrounded them....

Chabad Holding Jewish High Holy Days Services at New Pleasanton Center - Pleasanton Weekly - CA

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

When Rabbi Raleigh Resnick (pictured above) blows the Shofar Friday night during Yom Kippur services, he and the community Chabad he leads will be more than celebrating the closing of the Jewish high holidays. These joyous holidays that started last Sept. 20 with Rosh Hashanah services, marking the Jewish new year of 5778, are being held in the Chabad’s new center for Jewish life at 3370 Hopyard Road, the building that once housed the Masonic Lodge of Pleasanton...

Friendship Circle of Montreal Takes on Dr. Seuss for Walk4Friendship Event Being Held in the Old Port of Montreal - CNW

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Through the Walk4Friendship fundraising event Friendship Circle plans to raise $500,000 by organizing teams and reaching out to sponsors in the community. Some of the sponsors for this year's event include RBC, Hypertec and Toyota St. Laurent to name a few. Racheli Edelkopf who has been with Friendship Circle for over 5 years and is one of the organizers of this year's Walk4Friendship event, says "There is a lot of planning that goes into this event but it is all worth it to show our friends with special needs that the community supports them and to raise awareness for the services we provide...

Community Celebrates Rosh Hashanah - C&G Newspapers - MI

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

...The holiday was celebrated on Sept. 21. Geisinsky and his family wanted to perform a public ceremony to allow more opportunities for the local Jewish community to observe the holiday and to reach out to the rest of the community. “We are doing it outdoors because not everyone has the chance to make it to a synagogue, and this way we get to enjoy the holiday in the warm weather,” he said. The celebration at the cider mill came after a similar celebration earlier in the day at the Bingham Farms Synagogue...

After Hurricane Maria Disrupts Rosh Hashanah, Puerto Rico's Jews Vow to 'Start Living Again' - Jewish Journal - CA

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

...The Chabad Jewish Center of Puerto Rico, in a touristy area of San Juan, took on hundreds of gallons of water, the center’s director Rabbi Mendel Zarchi told “The natural flow of water on Rosa Street, where Chabad is located, is toward the north, in the direction of the ocean,” Zarchi said. “At 5:30 a.m., there was a raging river with waves about 3 feet high flowing in the opposite direction, towards the south.”...

Photos: Explosion of a Mikve Boiler Destroys Beis Chabad in Bulgaria - YWN

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

The explosion of a hot water boiler to the mikve of the Beit Chabad in Bulgaria has left the site unusable. The powerful blast rocked the Chabad House according to shaliach Rav Yossi Solomon, who explains almost the entire Beis Chabad was destroyed as a result of the explosion. B’chasdei Hashem there are no reports of injuries.

After Irma, Florida Jews Mark Holy Days - Democrat Gazette - NW AR

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

...In Key West, Rabbi Yaakov Zucker of the Chabad Jewish Center in the Florida Keys said his congregation of about 200 people is scattered across four states. "They themselves are sort of wandering Jews right now, refugees," Zucker said as he fielded calls from congregants seeking a place to attend services. A synagogue in Parkland, Fla., has offered to host them, Zucker said, and he expects at least 50 of them to attend. The disruption from the storm could reach far beyond the immediate period of recovery. The High Holy Days are a critical time for fundraising, which can make or break a synagogue budget for the year...

A Torah for Canberra’s Chabad Synagogue - J-Wire

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

The Chabad ACT Synagogue is set to own its very first Torah thanks to principal sponsors Dr Alena and Jacob Reich. The synagogue, which was established in 2009, will hold an inaugural Siyum – completion ceremony – at The Australian Parliament House on October 19th with Jewish MP’s completing the final letters in the presence of many other MP’s, Senators and Jewish community leaders and members...

Making Challah Couldn't Be More Fun or Inspiring - Heritage - Florida Jewish News

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

Sept. 14 was an evening of laughter, music, dance, prayer and unity among women at The Roth Family JCC and the Rosen JCC as each dug their hands into bread dough, braiding magnificent round Challah at Chabad's fourth annual Mega Challah Bake. It was also the largest women's event yet in the community, hosting more than 360 women at The Roth Family JCC and more than 200 at the Rosen JCC, for a combined total of more than 560 participants...

Building a Sukkah Is the Ultimate Family DIY Project, but Do Make Safety a Priority - Jewish Post - AZ

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

...The sukkah is designed to provide shade. It must sit beneath the open sky, not under a patio or tree branches. It must be large enough to fulfill the commandment of dwelling in it. Per, “A sukkah must have at least two full walls plus part of a third wall (the “part” needs to be a minimum of 3.2 inches wide)...

Jews in Pasadena Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the “Head of the Year” - Pasadena Now - CA

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

...According to Rabbi Chaim Hanoka, Executive Director of Chabad of Pasadena, Rosh Hashanah symbolizes personal and spiritual growth during a time of new beginnings. “It represents the concept of renewal. We’re given another chance to make this year a better year than last year. Instead of getting mired in the trials and tribulations we may have had in the past. We’re focusing on putting that behind us,” said Hanoka...

NH's Synagogues Mark High Holy Days - Union Leader - NH

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Evening Erev Rosh Hashanah services were scheduled in New Hampshire synagogues for Wednesday night. Chabad Lubavitch in Manchester laid out a four-course dinner, where Rabbi Levi Krinsky expected 60 diners to gather to mark the start of the Jewish Year 5778. The holy days are a period of introspection, Krinsky said. A new year is traditionally a time for taking stock of one’s self, he said. And then on Sept. 30, Yom Kippur, observant Jews fast and seek atonement for sins...

Finished Sefer Torah Rededicated to Wash. U. Chabad Chapter - Student Life - Washington University in S. Louis, MO

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

Around 30 Washington University students, along with campus Chabad Rabbi Hershey Novack and his family, completed inking an unfinished Sefer Torah— previously in storage at Barnes-Jewish Hospital— and rededicated the scroll to Chabad Sunday Sept. 17. Many students are excited, as the scroll has been dedicated before the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, and will usher in a new era for Chabad...

Hundreds of Jewish UF Students Welcome a New Year - Independent Florida Alligator - UCF

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

...At the Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Center, Rabbi Berl Goldman spoke about the value of choices, doing good and happiness to a crowd of about 550. Goldman said Chabad’s Rosh Hashanah celebration is the biggest in the United States. During the service, Goldman spoke about the biblical Adam and Eve, and how just one decision can change a life. “May this year be an apple year,” he said...

Las Cruces Synagogue Raises $52K for New Torah Scroll - Las Cruces Sun-News - NM

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

A local Jewish congregation announced Tuesday it had successfully raised more than $50,000 this week to buy a new Torah scroll. Chabad of Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico launched a campaign Sunday to raise $50,000 in 50 hours for the purchase of a Torah scroll, which contains sacred Jewish writings. A series of donors and people who contributed matching contributions pitched in more than $52,000, surpassing the campaign goal...