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  • Mumbai Chabad house, closed after 2008 terror attack, to reopen

    By tessc

    3 days ago

    The reconstructed Chabad house in Mumbai, which closed after a terror attack six years ago, is set to reopen.

    Nariman House, the six-story home of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, will be rededicated Tuesday.

    A series of attacks in the Indian city in November 2008 by members of a...

  • Six days of quiet in Israel: A brief look back

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Now back in Los Angeles, I'm more convinced than ever that my shuttle journalism peacekeeping mission to Israel was a great success. Let it be noted for the record that:

    a) The rocket fire ended just before I arrived on Aug. 12 and resumed shortly after I departed on Aug. 19, and...

  • Rabbi Nachman Sudak, head of Chabad U.K., dies

    June 16, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Rabbi Nachman Sudak, the chief emissary for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in the United Kingdom, has died.

    Sudak died Sunday in London; he was 78.

    Directed personally by the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, to move to London in 1959, Sudak lived there for the rest...

  • Money and meaning in Omaha

    By David Suissa

    June 11, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    I fully expected to be immersed in the intricacies of money-making when I attended the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting last month in Omaha, Neb. Actually, calling an event that attracts close to 40,000 raving fans a “meeting” is ridiculous. As a friend of mine says, it’s...

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  • Where Chabad’s lost boys go to find themselves

    June 9, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    The Bais Menachem Youth Development program in this northeastern Pennsylvania city is no typical Chabad yeshiva.

    The students wear flip-flops and T-shirts, not the typical black-and-white of Hasidic seminaries. In addition to Jewish law and Bible study, the curriculum includes...

  • 2014 Shavuot services

    May 28, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Chabad’s “Conejo Mount Sinai Experience” celebration of Shavuot features a reading of the Ten Commandments on June 4 at 10 a.m., followed by a sit-down dairy lunch of pizza and cheesecake. Also featured: Mount Sinai Ice Cream Cones for everyone. Evening services June 3 and 4 at...

  • Shaken by Ukraine’s turmoil, Kiev Jews form self-defense force

    May 23, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    At an empty Chabad school near the banks of the Dnieper River here in Ukraine’s capital city, six uniformed Jews with handguns and bulletproof vests are practicing urban warfare.

    Leading the May 21 training is a brawny man who at irregular intervals barks Hebrew-language commands...

  • Leaders of Odessa’s Jewish community deny evacuation plans

    May 7, 2014 | 10:02 am

    Leaders of the Jewish community of Odessa, Ukraine, denied reports about the existence of evacuation plans for the city’s Jews.

    “In connection with reports on the planned evacuation of the Jewish community of Odessa: No such plans exist,” Berl Kapulkin, a spokesperson for the...

  • Bury my ashes at Auschwitz

    April 23, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    When you’re a reporter heading for a war zone, as I was when I flew to Afghanistan several years ago, you prepare for the possibility that you won’t return. The lawyer who helped me revise my will said I should also include my wishes for the disposal of my remains. 

    I’d thought...

  • Bibi’s matzo trashed?

    April 3, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Was Benjamin Netanyahu’s handcrafted shmura matzah thrown out after he so publicly rolled it, patted it and put it in the oven this week?

    That’s what several Israeli media outlets are claiming, with some speculating that the Kfar Chabad matzah bakery that hosted the prime...

  • What makes Rabbi Rick Jacobs tick?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 3, 2014 | 11:02 pm

    In December, 5,000 Jews from around the country gathered in San Diego for the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Biennial conference. Overseeing it all was longtime pulpit rabbi-turned-URJ president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs. In these excerpts from an interview with the Journal, he talks...

  • Sucker punch: Brooklyn Jews targeted in ‘knockout’ attacks

    November 26, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    Chava, a student at a Chabad seminary, has lived in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for six years, but it’s only in the past few days that she started carrying pepper spray in her handbag.

    Her younger brother gave her the deterrent after news hit of a string of recent...

  • Calendar November 30-December 6

    By Laura Donney

    November 26, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    SUN | DEC 1

    CLIPPERS JEWISH HERITAGE DAY 

    A Chanukah miracle couldn’t hurt as the Clippers face off against the top-ranked Indiana Pacers. Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Cantor Nathan Lam opens the game with the singing of the national anthem. There will also be a menorah lighting, a...

  • Not quite Chanukah, but L.A.’s Jewish mayor will attend menorah-lighting on Tuesday

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 25, 2013 | 7:43 pm

    If Chanukah starts at sundown on Wednesday evening, Nov. 27, why is Mayor Eric Garcetti, the first Jew to be elected to the city’s highest office in the history of Los Angeles, participating in a menorah-lighting ceremony around midday on Tuesday, Nov. 26?

    Call it a consequence...

  • Sharing the next gen: How Chabad is changing Hillel — and reshaping campus life

    By Jared Sichel

    October 24, 2013 | 3:31 pm

    Shabbat dinner tells one part of the story.

    When Alon Kashanian, a UCLA senior, wants a “very big social atmosphere” on erev Shabbat, he goes to Hillel’s grand, Jerusalem-stone-adorned, 25,000-square-foot Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life on Hilgard Avenue in Westwood....

  • Can common sense save Judaism?

    By David Suissa

    October 9, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    It’s funny how the American Jewish community has a way of getting all breathless and excited when a new study comes out, as is happening right now with the new Pew survey.

    As if we needed all this sophisticated evidence to remind us that Judaism in America is in trouble, and that...

  • Atonement chickens — swung and tossed

    September 3, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    A few days before Yom Kippur, thousands of white-feathered chickens land on Pico Boulevard. Not there to be broiled, boiled or fricasseed in any of the nearby kosher restaurants in this predominantly Jewish business district, they nonetheless have arrived in time to be served up.

    ...
  • As new year approaches, N.Y. community devastated by Hurricane Sandy still rebuilding

    September 3, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    Nine months ago, Natalia Demidova crouched on the second floor of her Staten Island home and watched her neighbor’s SUV race a 10-foot wave down the street. The wave crashed through Demidova’s quiet residential block in the South Beach neighborhood and flooded her home with more...

  • Kosher mart reopens, remade

    August 28, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    The storefront on Pico Boulevard that for decades was known as Doheny Kosher Meat Market reopened on Aug. 20 under new ownership and new management and with a new name: Beverly Hills Kosher. 

    Doheny Kosher shut its doors amid scandal in late March, after the Rabbinical Council of...

  • Jon Voight — Chabadnik at heart

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    On a recent afternoon at Lenny’s Deli in Westwood, Jon Voight reached into a black satchel and pulled out a well-worn copy of Paul Johnson’s “A History of the Jews,” then began reading aloud from the text, his fingers carefully tracing the words. Looking professorial, he glanced up...

  • Reinventing an Eternal Tradition with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 14, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I was honored to have brunch last Sunday morning with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), along with other leaders from my congregation. I’m going to write about what he said, but first I’m going to write about how he said it.

    In the room were...

  • Rabbi shot in Russia released from Israeli hospital

    August 5, 2013 | 10:16 am

    A Chabad rabbi shot in what authorities have called a likely terrorist attack in southern Russia was discharged from an Israeli hospital.

    Rabbi Artur Ovadia Isakov, 40, was released from Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah on Sunday. He had surgery to repair his liver there.

    ...
  • Sex-offender teacher fled with help of Jewish school, prosecutor alleges

    July 17, 2013 | 10:53 am

    An American-born teacher who pleaded guilty to child molestation at a Jewish school in Melbourne was assisted in fleeing to Israel by his employer, a prosecutor alleged.

    In a pre-sentencing hearing Wednesday at the County Court of Victoria, the prosecution argued that David...

  • South African Jews find a home in L.A.

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 13, 2013 | 10:16 am

    How far can you travel in less than an hour? All the way to Capetown, South Africa, and back, if you are talking to Leora Raikin, a third-generation South African Jew who has lived in Los Angeles for the past 15 years. Raikin will speak about the Jews of South Africa on June 18 at...

  • Can Google Glass transform Jewish life?

    May 30, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Over the past few weeks, strangers have begun stopping high school computer science teacher Chaim Cohen on the street. A few accuse him of recording them without their knowledge. Even fewer blame him for all of society’s ills.

    But many just want an answer to a simple question: Is...

  • Chabad distributes O.U. disaster-relief funds in Oklahoma

    May 29, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    Chabad distributed some $15,000 in disaster-relief funds provided by the Orthodox Union to Oklahomans affected by the recent devastating tornado.

    The money distributed by the Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma over the Memorial Day weekend was used for store gift cards...

  • Chabad center taking in Oklahomans displaced by deadly tornado

    May 21, 2013 | 9:54 am

    A Chabad center in Oklahoma City opened its building as a shelter for those displaced by a deadly tornado.

    The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma also is collecting supplies for those left homeless by the tornado that tore through an Oklahoma City suburb on Monday...

  • Breaking with all black, some Chabad men pushing fashion boundaries

    May 7, 2013 | 11:04 am

    Yosel Tiefenbrun looked in the mirror and he liked what he saw.

    The 23-year-old Chabad rabbi and apprentice at Maurice Sedwell, a bespoke tailor's shop on London's Savile Row, was wearing a vintage double-breasted jacket with gold buttons, tasseled Barker shoes, a claret bow tie...

  • RCC still faces questions after sale of Doheny shop

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 10, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Ever since March 24, when the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) revoked Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market’s kosher certification, the nonprofit consortium of Orthodox rabbis has been trying to explain to kosher observant Jews in Los Angeles what went wrong, why they responded...

  • Chabad opens new center, synagogue in Antwerp

    March 18, 2013 | 8:29 am

    Chabad has opened a new synagogue and Jewish community center in Antwerp.

    The Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s new building in the center of the Flemish region capital cost about $3 million and was dedicated last week. It has 43,000 square feet of floor space, a library with...

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