Through Hanukkah ad campaigns, menorah distributions, and centrally placed public menorahs in more than 80 countries, Chabad-Lubavitch hopes to reach 8 million Jews over the holiday. Chabad-Lubavitch officials say plans are underway to distribute 2.5 million holiday guides (in 13 languages), 7 million menorahs and 30.8 million candles. Hanukkah family events are planned at high-traffic places like shopping centers across the United States and … [Read more...] about Chabad to Launch Hanukkah Initiatives in 80 Countries
by Baila Olidort Tallinn, Estonia Dmitri Shmorgun, 24, was among local Jewish residents and Tallinn’s leadership who celebrated the opening in late September of a community Beit Midrash and Children’s Center. A youngster when change came to Estonia with the dismantling of communism, Dmitri was witness to the dramatic transformation in Jewish life here. In 1990, when he was barely 10 years old, he saw the reopening of the Jewish school and … [Read more...] about Estonian Jews Invest With Confidence in Community’s Future
by Menachem Posner 71 year-old David Whitebook was “a non-observant, secular Jew” when he attended a class by the new Chabad rabbi in his community of active adults some 10 years ago. The retired high school teacher and assistant principal said he "was skeptical of many things, but the classes were engaging and I liked the rabbi, so I continued to attend. The rabbi encourages us to voice our opinions and is very respectful of everyone’s … [Read more...] about As Baby Boomer Population Grows, Chabad Reaches Out
by Tevi Troy On the first weekday of chol hamoed Sukkot, most years, my wife and I take our four children to Hershey Park. The park, which is in Lancaster, Pa., is closed to everyone but frum Jews on that day. Lancaster is not known as a center of frumkeit - it is most decidedly “out of town - but on that day Hershey not only makes accommodations for the visitors, but actually reconfigures the whole park to be frum friendly. The food … [Read more...] about The Future of Frumkeit in Lancaster, Pa.
by Menachem Posner As heavy rains and flash-flooding continued to batter the Boulder, Colo., area straight through Yom Kippur, and with rains continuing to hamper rescue efforts throughout the region on Sunday, Chabad rabbis told of devastation and devotion, as well as a dedication to volunteerism in the tough and uncertain days ahead. … [Read more...] about Yom Kippur Inspires Determination in Wake of Colorado Floods