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Chabad-Lubavitch in the Media

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

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Jewish Spy Shares Stories of World War II - Oracle - USF

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

After the liberation of France in 1944, 24-year-old Marthe Cohn, was risking her life in defying the Nazi regime by joining intelligence services in the First French Army and supplying Allies with crucial information in efforts of bringing WWII to an early end. In association with Chabad Jewish Center at USF, Cohn’s lecture focused on her early life fronting as a German nurse under the alias, Marthe Ulrich. With forged German documents serving as a French spy, her carefully concocted alibi involved her searching for her long lost German fiancé...

Anne Frank's Stepsister to Share Story of Holocaust Survival - Cayman Compass

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

...After Ms. Frank’s death, Mrs. Schloss said, she often felt left in her friend’s shadow and was motivated to use her own life to inspire others. The two became stepsisters after the Holocaust when Ms. Frank’s father married Mrs. Schloss’s mother. Rabbi Berel Pewzner, director of the Chabad Cayman Jewish Community, said Mrs. Schloss’s story offers a lesson on strength and courage that transcends religion...

Jewish Community Ready To Help In Curtailing Crime - Jamaica Gleaner

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

The Jewish community in Jamaica says that it is prepared to join in the fight against crime by bringing youth closer to God through the introduction of its doctrine to schools across the country. Rabbi Yaakov Raskin, co-director of Chabad of Jamaica, said the community, which numbers approximately 350 islandwide, is appalled by the senseless bloodshed and is convinced that education, coupled with a greater connection to God, will help to solve the problem...

Skokie's Lubavitch School Celebrates Arrival of New Torah - Chicago Tribune/ Skokie Review

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

When a new Torah arrives for the first time, it is cause for celebration, rabbis at Seymour J. Abrams Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School in Skokie say. The school certainly proved that Monday by holding an exuberant ceremony that began outside with a schoolwide march around the building and ended inside with music, dancing and boisterous good cheer. Known as the most sacred item in the Jewish religion, a new Torah scroll is always welcomed in this celebratory fashion, said Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf, dean of Cheder Lubavitch...

Chabad Hosts First-Ever Landfill Free Shabbat Dinner - Student Life - Washington University, S. Louis, MO

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

habad held its first landfill free Shabbat dinner this January, an effort it hopes to make weekly. For about a year, Chabad has hoped to make dinners landfill free, and the Chabad house has worked with Student Union’s Green Events Commission (GEC) in order to obtain enough money to support a landfill-free dinner. Chabad Director of Operations Chana Novack said she hopes these dinners will lead to community education on sustainability and encourage other organizations to follow suit in opening discussion about the environment. She noted that there have been challenges to Chabad’s effort to go landfill free...

Welfare Ministry to Provide Food Vouchers to Israel's Poor - Arutz Sheva

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

Welfare and Social Services Minister Haim Katz (Likud), working together with Chabad's Eshel Soup Kitchens in Jerusalem and Leket Israel, presented on Monday the National Initiative for Ensuring Nutrition. The new initiative will provide food for tens of thousands of families who suffer from nutritional instability, providing them with a rechargeable 500 NIS "credit" card enabling them to buy food for that sum every month. The program will be a one-year pilot program implemented in 36 localities, and will cost the Israeli government 60 million NIS...

A Whole New Jew: The Antisemite Who Turned out to Be One of the Jews He Despised - Jerusalem Post

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

What if, Csanad Szegedi wants to know, pondering the subtleties of halacha, a Jewish man gets circumcised only as an adult and, being under anesthesia during the procedure, can’t recite the requisite blessing? Is his circumcision still halachically valid? And what if, he inquires next, exhibiting restless curiosity, the surgeon isn’t Jewish? Oh, and can an uncircumcised Jew be called up to the Torah in shul? Szegedi, 34, a former Member of the European Parliament for Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, is sitting in the study of Rabbi Baruch Oberlander, a Lubavitcher Hasid who is head of the ultra-Orthodox Chabad movement’s Jewish outreach mission in Budapest...

'Smart Apartments' Let Israel's Disabled Live Independently - Arutz Sheva

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

In an initiative of Israel’s Ministry of Welfare, the Colel Chabad charitable organization has recently launched a new project to provide disabled adults with communal apartments specifically intended to address their individual handicaps and needs. The first apartments, located next to the Grabski Rehabilitation Center in Migdal Haemek in the north of Israel, provide the residents with completely independent and private living spaces. The Center itself houses 40 residents between the ages of 18-50, all of whom suffer from varying handicaps in mobility and functioning...

Nazi Graffiti Found in U of M Dorm - KARE 11 - Minneapolis, MN

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

The Chabad at the University of Minnesota says a student discovered Nazi graffiti in a campus dorm on Wednesday. A swastika with the words “Nazis Rule” was drawn on a whiteboard inside a Jewish student’s dorm room. The drawing also depicted a Nazi death camp. "We have been in touch with the student who was targeted, and while he is shaken, he has shown remarkable resilience," said U of M Chabad co-director Rabbi Yitzi Steiner...

Inclusion of People With Disabilities Is a Rare Shared Value - Jewish Journal - CA

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Inclusion also means a two-way relationship between those with disabilities and those without, and it is often the case that those participants without disabilities have more to gain from that encounter. The volunteers from Friendship Circle Los Angeles (a Chabad program serving children with special needs and their families) who have spent time with our son and other children and teens with special needs have shared with us that, after their volunteer stint, they have discovered greater patience and openness to people who may appear “different.” ...

Ensuring That the Dough Will Rise - Photos - Long island Herald

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

More than 300 children 5-13, with adult guidance, learned how to prepare the dough to bake challah bread during the 90-minute Chabad of the Five Towns Kids Challah Bake at The Brandeis School in Lawrence on Jan. 29. Making challah, a loaf of white leavened bread, usually braided in form, is traditionally baked to celebrate the Jewish Sabbath, other holidays and as part of daily meals...

Tu B'Shevat Good Reminder to Be Kind to Environment - Mitzpeh - University of Maryland

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Chabad recommends eating fruits that are abundant in Israel, such as dates, figs, pomegranates, grapes and olives (I personally would not consider an olive a fruit, but that’s a different story…), and to eat fruits that one has not eaten the entire season previously...

In Phnom Penh, a Jewish Wedding - Tablet

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

...The notes of a live keyboard signaled: women filed to the left, men to the right. Moments later, the bride, Irina walked down the aisle—she was escorted by the wives of Chabad rabbis in Cambodia and Thailand, Mashie Butman and Mushka Hecht—toward her groom, Vadim. (The couple requested their last names not be used.) Rabbi Bentzion Butman, a native Israeli who has run Chabad in Cambodia since 2009 and established the new building in December 2015, officiated the ceremony underneath a white chuppah framed by the glowing sunset. “It was an obvious choice to have the wedding here,” said Butman...

Chabad of Arizona Celebrates 40 Years - Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

Break out the schnapps! This year, Chabad of Arizona celebrates 40 years of serving the state’s diverse Jewish population with a dinner on Feb. 26. Chabad-Lubavitch, or Chabad as it is generally known, was founded in 1775 by Rabbi Schneur Zalman in the Russian city of Liozna, present-day Belarus. His desire, as Rabbi Zalman Levertov, founder of Chabad of Arizona, states, was “to serve G-d by helping others and also to bring the beauty of Judaism to our people.”...

The Great Bike Giveaway Gives Special Needs Children A Chance To Get A Bike Made Just For Them - Daily Detroit - MI

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

...There are adaptive bikes for those with disabilities, but they can be pretty expensive. Most families have a hard time being able to afford these bikes for their special needs child. This is where The Friendship Circle and the Great Bike Giveaway comes into play. This is the sixth year that the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield has done The Great Bike Giveaway. In the past five years the nonprofit has helped more than 900 special need children and teens get adaptive bikes...

Fine: A Professor's View of Chabad on Campus - Sun Sentinel - FL

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

...For the last 10 years, I have served as the faculty advisor for Chabad at the University of Central Florida (UCF), the second largest university in the U.S. and home to one of the largest Jewish student populations in the nation. Over this time, I have developed a strong friendship with Rabbi Chaim and Rebbetzin Rivkie Lipskier, founders and co-directors of the Chabad center near campus. Their drive to connect with Jewish students is as strong as ever, as they go above and beyond to make sure every student they cross paths with is in good spirits and has everything they need. They will even deliver chicken soup to the dorm of a student with a cold...

How to Help Coast Jewish Congregation Upgrade From Rabbi's Garage - Sun Herald - MS

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

After three years, Chabad Lubavitch of Southern Mississippi is close to having an official home. The Jewish congregation has been meeting in a converted garage at the home of Rabbi Akiva Hall, Hall said. Now, they are in the process of finalizing a suite at 2030 Pass Road, Biloxi, as their permanent location, to be known as the Chabad Jewish Center. “We’re renting long term, five years, God willing,” said Hall, who is co-director of Chabad Lubavitch of Southern Mississippi. “We’re working on the inside and outside — painting, power washing the outside, constructing classrooms inside.”...

Chabad Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Torah Dedication - Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

In celebration of Chabad of Scottsdale’s 25th anniversary, the children of the organization’s founders, Rabbi Yossi and Dina Levertov, are coordinating a Torah dedication celebration. “What better way for all of us to honor them, and this special community, than the commissioning and welcoming of a new seder Torah?” ask two of the couple’s daughters, Chaya and Risa, in the invitation to the Feb. 12 event. The free celebration starts with the writing of the final words of the Torah...

Fostering Inclusion - Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST

Hundreds gathered at Chaparral Park in Scottsdale last Sunday to participate in the sixth annual Jonathan’s Walk4Friendship, which benefits The Friendship Circle’s work with individuals with special needs. As of press time, the walk raised more than $67,000, with additional funds coming in; The Binyamin Foundation is doubling all donations. The one-mile family walk around the lake, which was followed by entertainment, activities and a barbecue, is the organization’s main fundraising event, but throughout the year, The Friendship Circle, founded in 2005 by Chabad of Arizona and run by Rabbi Mendy and Leah Levertov, offers a variety of programs and services for youth with special needs...

‘Inclusion’ Lecture in West Hartford Will Commemorate Jewish Disability Awareness Month -

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:00:00 EST

...From the young age of 6, Joseph Bensmihen has been actively passionate about inclusion. In commemoration of Jewish Disability Awareness month (February) the Friendship Circle along with Chabad of Greater Hartford as well as the Mandell JCC and the Ruderman Inclusion Initiative invites attendees to learn from JB how to act inclusively...