by Dovid Margolin When Tatyana fled the beleaguered eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk late last week, she felt relieved just to have made it out alive. “It was a horror. We boarded the train under heavy bombing,” explains Tatyana, 50, who escaped together with her daughter, son-in-law and 7-year-old grandson. “It was relatively calm until July 13; there was some transport around the city, some stores were open. But then the real fighting … [Read more...] about First Jewish Refugee Camp Opens in Ukraine; Many Still Trapped in East
by Menachem Posner Twenty Chabad couples will soon be dispatched to serve as leaders for youth and young adults in Jewish communities all across the globe. The new couples are being recruited, trained, placed and funded as part of the Global Jewish Youth Initiative that was launched in November at the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in New York. Unlike most of the thousands of emissaries currently in the … [Read more...] about 20 Chabad Couples to Serve as New Leaders for Jewish Youth
by Robert Evans This July 1st, the third of Tammuz on the Hebrew calendar, marks the 20th Yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. The Rebbe, as he is most often called, is one of the most influential, far thinking, and yes, controversial (others might say: misunderstood) Jewish leaders of the modern era, and is widely credited for creating the concept of Jewish outreach. This milestone anniversary will certainly be … [Read more...] about Why Do We Love Chabad.org? Let Us Count 613 Ways!
by Dovid Margolin It’s past 11 o’clock at night at the Chabad House in Kathmandu, Nepal, and a calm breeze wafts through the Jewish center’s courtyard. Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz is wrapping up a Torah class he has been giving to 30 Israelis, and a few more sit about chatting. Although a serene quietness envelopes this Himalayan Chabad House, it is less than a week before Passover, and Lifshitz still does not have all the supplies necessary to … [Read more...] about In Nepal, Piecing Together a Seder, Suitcase by Suitcase
by Dovid Margolin An overcast sky hung above the honking and noisy mess that is Kathmandu, Nepal. It was not even a week before Passover, and Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz, the Chabad emissary to Nepal, was worried whether the supply shipment sent from Israel would arrive in time to prepare and feed the Kathmandu Passover Seder, the largest of its kind in the world. When the Chabad center’s gates opened and the trucks containing the matzah, wine … [Read more...] about Nepal Seders Will Go On, Israeli Strike or No