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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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Pittsburgh's Chabad House on Campus Celebrates 28 Years of Building Local Relationships - Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on Campus does, but an opportunity to thank others,” Sara Weinstein, co-director of the Jewish campus organization, informed the roomful of attendees at the University of Pittsburgh’s O’Hara Center Ballroom in Oakland. “When I think of Chabad on Campus what I’m struck by is that it’s building partnerships across universities,” explained David Finegold, president of Chatham University...

Touching the Future of Children's Learning - C&G Newspapers - Detroit, MI

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

...Catie Quinn, program director for Friendship Circle — a West Bloomfield-based organization that works with children with special needs — said the organization frequently is dabbling in sensory activities. “We’re sensory aware, you could say. We actually don’t have a sensory table in the facility, but we do some sensory activities and we have a sandbox, which is often stuff people use at home with sensory tables,” Quinn said...

"Chabad on Campus" Officially Opens at Stockton University - Jewish Community Voice - NJ

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

...“We’re here to bring [Jewish] life to Stockton. We’re a home away from home that allows kids to get away from the craziness of school,” said Shaina, who grew up in a Chabad family that served the many Jewish students attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Stockton’s new Chabad on Campus is one of more than 230 such centers that have sprung up at colleges and universities worldwide over the past 20 years, according to Meir, the son (and one of 14 children) of Shmuel and Tova Rapoport, who founded Chabad of Atlantic County in 1984...

Chabad of Palm Coast Commissions the First Torah Scroll of Palm Coast - Palm Coast Observer - FL

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

“It’s going to be exciting,” Rabbi Levi Ezagui said. “The last time I saw the Torah I was a little kid.” Ezagui is the director of the Chabad of Palm Coast, and the excitement was the celebration of the first Torah scroll completion of Palm Coast. The Pine Lakes Golf clubhouse dining room was filled with members of the Jewish community from around the State on Sunday, Sept. 25...

Chabad Rings in Jewish New Year With Festive Community Feast - Boulder Jewish News - CO

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

This Sunday evening October 2nd, the Jewish New Year 5,777 begins and Chabad of NW Metro Denver will ring in this momentous occasion with a festive community Rosh Hashanah feast that will feature many of the traditional Jewish New Year foods and dishes. The dinner will take place at Noah’s event center in the Bradburn section of Westminster. The feast is an opportunity to celebrate the New Year and partake in it’s delicious foods while spending this special time with family and community...

Jewish Community Dedicates New Torah, Sanctuary - Fairfield Daily Republic - CA

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

...The past year has seen big changes in the Solano County Jewish community. Not only have they gotten a Torah but the book also has a home, which is called a shul, at the Judy Stein Sanctuary, the first of its kind in Vacaville. The word shul is Yiddish and means “school,” which emphasizes the synagogue’s role as a place of study. “It is a blessing,” said Maxine Coz of Vacaville. “The children can go to learn about Judaism.” Coz said she can’t believe how quickly things have changed over the year. “We have a new Torah, and new shul,” she said...

Workshop Helps Children Learn About Rosh Hashanah, Traditions - Columbian - Vancouver, WA

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

After drilling a hole in the end of a severed ram’s horn, Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg held the horn to his mouth and blew, sending a puff of dust out the other side. He used another drill bit to widen the hole and blew through it again, creating a horn-like sound. No longer was it just a ram’s horn. It had become a shofar. Upon hearing the sound, the crowd of about 50 people watching the rabbi cheered and clapped Sunday afternoon during the Chabad Jewish Center’s Shofar Factory Holiday Workshop. The shofar, which is blown during some Jewish observances, will sound at the center during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, which begins Oct. 2 at sundown...

New Center for Jewish Life Signals Community Shifts - Post and Courier - SC

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

...Scheer says the primary force behind the project is the Refsons. They are a good team, charismatic and welcoming. They respect the community, its Jewish leadership, places of worship and dynamism, seeking to foster dialogue and togetherness, he says. “Yossi believes that,” Scheer says. “He’s definitely Orthodox, but he creates an open space and dialogue. We’re missing that in society.”...

Yes We Have Sweet, Edible, Seedless Pomegranates, Just in Time for Rosh Hashanah - JNi Media

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

...According to, the common practice of eating a pomegranate on Rosh Hashanah has to do with its abundant seeds, 613 on average, which symbolize our hope that we will stand before the Almighty with as many abundant merits. However, according to the Ben Ish Chai, on Rosh Hashanah one should eat only a sweet pomegranate, because we want our new year to be sweet...

Chabad House in Palm Beach Plans Shofar Event Before Holiday - Palm Beach Daily News - FL

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

Chabad of Northern Palm Beach Island will have a "shofar factory" for children and youth led by Rabbi Aaron Rabin. The pre-High Holy Days program is scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at The Society of the Four Arts Children’s Library. Children will make and their blow their own shofars using horns of ram...

The Friendship Circle of Washington to Hold Fifth Annual Walk on Oct. 9 in Mercer Island - Mercer Island Reporter - WA

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

..."Children who participate in the friendship circle are able to permanently impact a fragile subset of the population whose opportunities to develop friendships are extremely limited," Acker said in a statement. "Seeing how happy our special children are when they are able to interact with typically developing children means the world to us and our children." The annual 1K Walk/5K Run is followed by a family carnival with entertainment, music, food and prizes...

Jewish Engagement of Reform Jews Highest in New Chabad Study - JNS

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

...A majority of students drawn to Chabad centers were from various backgrounds, with 88 percent of Chabad participants not coming from Orthodox homes. “It’s counterintuitive that they would show up at all,” Rosen said. He added that, “we’re seeing here is that you don’t have to be assimilated to reach other assimilated Jews. In fact, Chabad shows that it’s actually better to be engaged and Jewishly learned to succeed.”

'Challah at Me!': Jewish Community Hosts Bake-Off - Florida Today

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

...“Baking Challah is a time-honored (commandment) dating back to our matriarchs,” said organizer Shulamit Konikov of Chabad of the Space and Treasure Coasts. “There is something very special and unifying about so many Jewish women, from so many backgrounds, coming together and doing a mitzvah.” The event also coincides with a tradition of holding special gatherings once every seven years...

Chabad Chayil Holds Shofar Factory And Honeybee Workshop - Jewish Press

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

Chabad Chayil held a shofar factory and honeybee workshop on Sunday, September 11. The family event was a hands-on learning experience. Participants brought home their own shofar to keep as a token of the fun-filled day that included seeing how bees make honey with “Willie the Bee Man” and learning all about the shofar and how it is made...

Jewish Community in Kazakhstan Celebrates Torah Scroll Introduction - Astana Times - Kazakhstan

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

The twelfth Torah scroll introduction ceremony in Kazakhstan was called a holiday and a celebration of the peace, friendship and respect that prevail in the country and in its relationships with its neighbours. “Unity, peace and harmony, which incorporate the successful experience of Kazakhstan as an independent country, are the foundation of the country’s future, where the members of the Jewish community live,” Chief Rabbi Yeshaya Cohen said at the event...

Mesivta High School Boys Clear Local Cemetery - Jewish Exponent - PA

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

...Tucking in their tzitzit, the boys prayed at the entrance of the cemetery. On the way out, they tossed grass over their shoulders, signifying the “resurrection of the dead in the era of Moshiach,” according to

Yom Kippur Retreat Planned - Tampa Bay Times - FL

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

The Jewish holiday Yom Kippur offers a time for prayer and forgiveness among its celebrants. This year the day, which includes a sunset-to-sunset fast from eating, drinking and work, begins Oct. 11 and ends Oct. 12. To honor the holy time, Chabad Jewish Discovery Center will host a Yom Kippur Retreat at the Harborside Suites at Little Harbor in Ruskin...

Mega Challah - Photo - Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

About 300 people attended the Mega Challah Bake 4 Kids! at Chabad of Arizona on Sept. 18. The event, co-chaired by Gabi Messinger and Dede Sandler, was hosted by the Friendship Circle, Alef Bet Preschool, Temple Solel and the Valley of the Sun JCC Early Childhood Center. In addition to challah baking, the program also included entertainment, activities and crafts.

Chabad of Forest Hills North Plans Expansion - Forest Hills Times - NY

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

...In keeping with the organization’s geographical name, they are hopeful that the community will assist their growing membership in the search for a 1,000-square-foot multi-purpose space for lease off the north side of Queens Boulevard between 67th Road and 72nd Drive. “The community needs to feel established and know there is that same door they can come in whenever they need,” Rabbi Hecht said. “A place to enjoy their heritage without it being a burden.” ...

Chabad Is Orthodox, but Jewish Students It Caters to Are Not - RNS

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST

...“Ideologically, I was never into the Chabad line of religion,” he said, explaining that he didn’t care for its mystical approach to faith. And yet he speaks to the rabbi on the phone every few months, and he gets regular messages from him on Facebook. “I am invested in the success of their enterprise,” he says. “I’m happy to help to the extent that I can.”...