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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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Has Traditional 'Shmura' Matza Become an American Food Trend? - Jerusalem Post

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...According a recent survey conducted by, in 2017 more than one million pounds, or 450,000 kilograms of the handmade traditional round matza will be produced in the United States alone. This is part of a larger trend: the demand for it has grown significantly over the past 60 years. “Everybody wants to have a piece of it,” Yossi Frimerman, a shmura matza wholesaler in New York City, told The Jerusalem Post. “It’s the closest you’ll get to what our ancestors had when they came out of Egypt.”...

Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy to Hold Two Passover Seders - Republican - MA

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

A local Jewish academy will hold two Seder celebrations for Passover this year. The events at Lubavtcher Yeshiva Academy in Longmeadow celebrate the liberation of Jewish people from enslavement in ancient Egypt. This year's Seder ceremonies will follow a similar format to last year's, a statement from the academy says. "Last year we changed the format for our first Seder. We started eating earlier and ended the Seder earlier," said Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky. "We received great feedback from participants and we will again keep this format for the first Seder night."...

Westminster Jewish Center Hosts Two Community Seders - Boulder Jewish News - CO

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...The first night Seder on Monday April 10 is geared for singles, couples and families of all ages who appreciate an early finish to the Seder but don’t want to miss out on the beautiful Seder traditions and meaningful commentary. In addition, a children’s Seder program will be held that includes a kids menu, arts and crafts and clown show. The first seder begins at 6:30 pm and is held at Front Range Community College in Westminster. The second night Seder on Tuesday April 11 is unique in that Rabbi Benjy and Leah Brackman – directors of the Chabad center – will be opening their family Seder to the community...

Join the Boulder County Center for Judaism for a Special Passover Experience - Boulder Jewish News - CO

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...The rabbis at Chabad say this is the real meaning of the highly significant passage in the Haggadah which states that “”In every generation a Jew should see himself as though he personally has been liberated from Egypt.” This is especially true during difficult times, and is always worthy of deliberation and discussion of the sort you will find at the Boulder County Center for Judaism’s Passover Seder...

Vandals Target Chabad House at SDSU - KGTV - S. Diego, CA

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

Jewish leaders have an offer for vandals who targeted the Chabad House at San Diego State University and its free-standing menorah: Come forward, be a "Mensch" and we won't press charges. On March 24, at around 2 a.m., two residents at the Chabad House on Montezuma Rd. saw a small group of young men doing pull-ups on the lowest branch of the menorah, which stands in front of the building...

Chabad Lubavitch Hosts Seders Around the World - AP

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

If spring break or other travel takes you away from home during Passover, the Jewish outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch hosts communal Seders in cities, on college campuses and in vacation destinations around the world. Passover begins at sundown April 10. Chabad is hosting Seders the first two nights of the eight-day holiday...

National Radio Host Salutes Caron Treatment Centers at 'a Celebration of Hope' - Reading Eagle - PA

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

Nationally syndicated radio host Dennis Prager addressed a gathering of about 250 people at Chabad Lubavitch of Berks County on Sunday. The evening was a celebration of Rabbi Yosef Lipsker's two decades in Reading and the Chabad center's partnership with South Heidelberg Township-based Caron Treatment Centers, which combat addiction and codependency....

Torah Unveiled as Answer to Anti-Semitic Incidents - Journal News - Rockland County, NY

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...After the Torah was completed, it was wrapped and crowned in a ceremony. It was then marched in a celebratory parade that included music and dancing up to the Chabad of the Rivertowns. Rabbi Benjy Silverman equated the celebration to a wedding where the scroll was being welcomed “like a new member of the family.” Silverman said Orlando and his wife, Barbara, fought not for themselves but for all Jews and their perseverance “transformed a negative personal experience into a positive communal experience.” The timing of the completion of the scroll, in the face of rising anti-Semitic incidents in the area, was noted by the rabbi...

Oak Park Holds Unity Rally To Fight Bigotry, Hate Crimes - CBS Los Angeles

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Kids and adults also took a peace pledge to promote calm, unity and respect in the community “It’s a real great collaboration of standing up in support of special needs and support of everyone of different faiths, to get along and unify,” said Eli Laber, director of the Friendship Circle...

Group Vandalizes Chabad House Menorah at San Diego State University - NBC Southern California

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

The menorah that stands on the lawn outside of San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Chabad House was damaged Friday morning by a group of men using one of its lower arms as a pull up bar, multiple witnesses tell NBC 7. Chalom Boujnah, the resident rabbi at the Chabad House, says the group showed up to the house, located on the corner of Montezuma Road and Rockford Drive, shortly after midnight and began doing pull ups on the lower left arm of the menorah...

Meet the New Rabbi in Town - Heritage Florida Jewish News

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...With Rabbi Dubov in Mait-land, Rabbi Majesky in Lake Mary, why another rabbi so close? "We're growing!" Rabbi Mendy said. "As long as there are people who are not involved, there is a need to grow." There is no competition among the Chabad Houses. They work together to bring educational, social and holiday programming to the Jewish community. "Our goal is not to come here and open a shul," Rabbi Mendy stated. "If the community grows and that need presents itself and you have a group of people who'd like to start a minyan, that can happen, but it's not our objective."...

Meet the Rabbis Keeping Kentucky's Bourbon Kosher - Forward

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Enter Rabbi Chaim Litvin, a Kentucky-based Chabad rabbi, whose family includes seven Orthodox rabbis who have taken it upon themselves to provide kosher certification for local producers. 95% of the world’s bourbon comes from Kentucky, and ensuring its kosher status is a big job. Their nonprofit organization, Kosher Liquor and Spirits, charges a fee for these hechshers. “If no one had stepped up, there really wouldn’t be much kosher hard alcohol around here,” Litvin told the Wall Street Journal...

They're Just Getting Warmed Up - UNLV NewsCenter - Las Vegas, NV

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Barbara Snell, a 71-year-old semi-retired student, says OLLI has made it easy to take classes different from her usual interests. She is currently taking a class on Judaism taught by Rabbi Tzvi Bronchtain, the co-director of the Chabad Jewish Center at UNLV. Snell says she’s learned a lot. “This is the kind of thing I like to do,” she says. “I go in not knowing a thing about it and then come away saying: that’s cool.”...

NJ Rabbis Launch Campaign To Counter Threats Against Jewish Community - CBS Philadelphia

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Rabbi Yitzchok Kahan says Chabad-Lubavitch launched the Cherry Hill Mezuzah Campaign to counter the hate, installing hundreds of the sacred scrolls in doorways of Jewish homes in the area to bring peace. “We feel challenged and threatened and sometimes we are not in the position to do something at the leadership level but personal every single of us has an ability to take that negative energy and transform it into a positive force,” he says...

Purim, a Celebration of Merriment - Greenwich Sentinel - CT

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

Last Sunday, a bright, crisp winter day before the snowfall, children of all ages, with their families and friends, gathered together to celebrate the annual Jewish holiday of Purim. Purim commemorates the Biblical tale of the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman, who was plotting a genocide during the ancient Persian empire. Chabad of Greenwich transformed the Arch Street Teen Center into a festive carnival hall as approximately 100 guests, many adorned in customary costume, participated in the joyous festivities, marking the special day by basking in pleasure and yet giving pleasure to those in need as well...

Chabad of Basking Ridge to Host Community Passover Seder - Basking Ridge, NJ TAPinto

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Memories of family and friends, the four cups of wine, the four questions the Matzah. It's no wonder that Passover is so popular in the Jewish community. Chabad Jewish Center Basking Ridge invites all residents to community Seder This year, you can find the Festival's warmth and tradition right here in the Somerset Hills, because the Chabad Jewish Center Basking Ridge is inviting all residents to participate in the community Seder to be held on Tuesday night, April 11...

Chabad of Riverdale Plans Hands-On Model Matzah Bakery for Kids - Jewish Link - NY

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

With the approach of Passover, holiday preparation, shopping and cleaning are in full swing. This year, children will play a special role in ushering in the holiday with the Model Matzah Bakery. Dozens of local children will participate in a hands-on pre-Passover experience on Sunday, April 2, at Chabad of Riverdale. This unique event brings children together for a hands-on, exciting educational journey exploring the history and significance of Passover and matzah. The children will re-enact the process of manufacturing matzah, from grinding the flour to kneading the dough, to baking the matzahs on a stone oven, all within 18 minutes, the time limit in which matzah must be made...

Traditions and Tevye, Perfect Program for Purim - Times Herald-Record - NY

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

The recent Jewish holiday of Purim was celebrated in "shtetl-style" at Orange County Chabad's Gala hosted by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston at the American Legion in Monroe. It included all the Purim traditions from hearing the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther detailing Purim) to a buffet of "shtetl" foods. There were also "Fiddler on the Roof" parody songs led by Rabbi Pesach...

Jubilant Event Fosters Community at Chabad of Malibu - Malibu Surfside News - CA

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Chabad of Malibu’s Purim in the Wild West guests enjoyed a variety of activities, including a mechanical bull provided by Abel’s Party Rentals and a petting zoo provided by Farm Friendz. Local cowboy Dave Thornbury also entertained the guests with a rope-trick show, and taught guests how to properly use a lasso. “It’s really a fun event for the family,” said Chabad of Malibu Manager Remy Carroll, who assisted in planning the celebration...

Preparing for Passover in Ukraine's Last Shtetl - JTA

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Today, Bershad’s remaining Jews celebrate a communal seder at the synagogue organized by Chabad. They also come here year-round to receive food packages courtesy of the Christians for Israel charity group. Yakov Sklarsky, who owns the town’s only photo studio, functions as rabbi most of the year. His credentials are his ability to sing and read, if not understand, Hebrew...