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
The Rohr Foundation has announced a matching grant to help respond to the dire financial difficulties that Jewish communities throughout Ukraine are facing. The foundation will match up to $200,000 in donations to the Ukraine Jewish Relief Fund, an emergency fund that has been created under the auspices of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the Former Soviet Union and Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch, to help … [Read more...] about Rohr Foundation to Assist in Ukraine Relief Effort
Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein departed yesterday with 41 students for his 30th Birthright Israel trip - a record among Jewish campus professionals. For 28 years, he has served as executive director of the Tannenbaum Chabad on Campus center for students at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and each trip, he says, feels like his first. Since Birthright’s founding 13 years ago, Klein has brought more than 1,200 students and young adults to the … [Read more...] about Rabbi to Lead a Record 30th Birthright Trip to Israel