By Leah Rivkin Hailing from 40 countries and 6 continents, 2,500 Jewish teens gathered in Crown Heights, Brooklyn last weekend for the Chabad Teen Network (CTeen)’s 11th annual Global Teen Summit. The four-day event united the diverse group of attendees with a plethora of educational and inspirational programs, providing unique opportunities for the teens to explore and express their Jewish heritage and empowering teens “not as the leaders … [Read more...] about 2,500 Teens Join CTeen’s 11th Annual Global Teen Summit
Forty years after the Iranian Revolution, recalling an unlikely and unheralded story By Dovid Margolin It was a cold day in the spring of 1979 when 13-year-old Anna Monahemi arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. She came with a group of 40 Jewish girls - all of them from Iran, each of them alone. Her parents, like those of the other girls, had quietly bought her a ticket to Rome and sent her off, not knowing when they would … [Read more...] about Operation Exodus: The Chabad Effort That Saved 1,800 Iranian Jewish Children
By Tzipora Reitman
Can Jewish day school education ever be tuition-free?
Leah Aizenman analyzed the question. And then she acted.
Under her leadership as Chabad representative in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, she and her community developed a model for free Jewish education. Now in its third year the program, called Jewish Education Myrtle Beach, is giving 75 percent of the city’s Jewish children a first-rate, tuition-free Jewish … [Read more...] about The Future Is Here:
Tuition-Free Jewish Day School in Myrtle Beach
By Dovid Margolin Winding alleyways make their way past carved doors before spilling into crowded marketplaces. Zanzibar, today an autonomous part of the East African country of Tanzania, was once, not too long ago, a Sultanate. The island - 23 miles off the African coast and colored by generations of Arab, Indian and European influences - has seen tourists flock there in increasing numbers, drawn not only by the exotic history but by the pure … [Read more...] about Muslim Zanzibar Gets Its First-Ever Jewish Center
By Stella Binkevich Today marks a week since I returned from a week-long trip to Russia. Unexpectedly, the trip fundamentally altered my paradigm of the possibilities that lie ahead for both my local and the international Jewish community. (Cue puzzled look). I sense the question of “why Russia?” coming. “Of all countries in the world (with or without strong Jewish communities), why did a group of 26 young leaders from across the world … [Read more...] about “You Have To See it to Believe it”