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  • Chabad Rebbe’s death certificate on auction block

    January 15, 2016 | 12:03 pm

    The death certificate of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson — the revered Chabad leader often referred to as “the Rebbe” — is on the auction block.

    The official certificate, issued Aug. 2, 1995, and mailed by the New York Department of Health to Schneerson’s niece in Israel, is...

  • The Chabad exchange, part 4: Chabad and Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 22, 2015 | 4:35 am

    Rabbi David Eliezrie is the Director of North County Chabad –Congregation Beit Meir Ha'Cohen, Yorba Linda, CA. He serves as President of the Rabbinical Council of Orange County and Long Beach; Board Member of the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County; Member of the...

  • Los Angeles mayor, Chabad leaders light menorah at L.A. City Hall

    By Ryan Torok

    December 8, 2015 | 5:18 pm

    An annual Chabad menorah lighting took place on the afternoon of Dec. 8 at the Spring Street steps of Los Angeles City Hall.

    The festive event brought together elected officials and Chabad leaders. Together they lit two candles for the first two nights of Chanukah, which began on...

  • In Paris, public Chanukah ceremonies held despite security concerns

    December 7, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Some 6,000 people gathered in Paris under heavy security for the public lighting of a Chanukah menorah at the base of the Eiffel Tower, despite security concerns in the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks.

    French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia lit the first candle of a 30-foot...

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  • The menorah wars

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    December 4, 2015 | 10:09 am

    “Shah! Don’t be too Jewish” is how Charles Silberman described the dominant attitude of American Jews in his 1985 classic, “A Certain People.” As part of the march to success during the second half of the 20th-century, Jews subdued the public expression of their Jewish identity,...

  • Honk if you like car menorahs

    By Ryan Torok

    December 2, 2015 | 4:03 pm

    Around this time every year, cars topped with oversized electric menorahs begin to appear on streets of the United States, England and elsewhere.

    Of these cities, perhaps the car-mounted menorahs are best suited to Los Angeles, a city known for its automobile-centered lifestyle...

  • How this rabbi with ALS uses his disease as a ‘mission to uplift’

    By Jared Sichel

    December 2, 2015 | 11:06 am

    Yitzi Hurwitz has plenty of reasons not to have a sense of humor. 

    There’s nothing funny about a young, energetic husband, father of seven and rabbi being struck with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the crippling and often fatal neurodegenerative disease best known for...

  • The Chabad exchange, part 3: ‘Alas, the old Moshiach question’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 2, 2015 | 4:05 am

    Rabbi David Eliezrie is the Director of North County Chabad –Congregation Beit Meir Ha'Cohen, Yorba Linda, CA. He serves as President of the Rabbinical Council of Orange County and Long Beach; Board Member of the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County; Member of the...

  • Reform movement should take a page from Chabad playbook

    November 19, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    Charles Bronfman and the other kings, queens, princes, dukes, duchesses, lords and ladies of the American-Jewish community need to wake up to the impressive accomplishments of the passionate, strategic and creative serfs and vassals of Chabad, who serve the Jewish people globally...

  • The Chabad Exchange, Part 2: ‘We are leading the establishment, not coming after it’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 18, 2015 | 4:00 am

    Rabbi David Eliezrie is the Director of North County Chabad –Congregation Beit Meir Ha'Cohen, Yorba Linda, CA. He serves as President of the Rabbinical Council of Orange County and Long Beach; Board Member of the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County; Member of the...

  • How the world’s longest-running Chabad house survives in Morocco

    November 10, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Raizel Raskin’s office feels like a cluttered museum of Moroccan Jewish heritage. A photo from an old Jewish summer camp lays on the table. Another, of a rabbi meeting Moroccan dignitaries, hangs on the wall. Outside the door is a bookshelf filled with Hasidic tracts translated...

  • The Chabad exchange, Part 1: ‘Chabad does not give up’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 4, 2015 | 4:05 am

    Rabbi David Eliezrie is the Director of North County Chabad –Congregation Beit Meir Ha'Cohen, Yorba Linda, CA. He serves as President of the Rabbinical Council of Orange County and Long Beach; Board Member of the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County; Member of the...

  • Rabbi arrested in Santa Monica on sexual abuse charges

    October 7, 2015 | 9:22 am

    A 39-year-old rabbi was arrested and booked last week in Santa Monica on felony charges of sexual abuse of a child. Rabbi Sholom Doyber Levitansky, a Sherman Oaks resident, turned himself in to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) on Sept. 30, police said. He’s currently out...

  • Yom Kippur in Bangkok

    September 16, 2015 | 11:19 am

    I was the only American in the room and definitely the most clueless. 

    Standing at the back of the makeshift shul for Yom Kippur services in Chabad of Bangkok last year, I attempted to follow along in my all-Hebrew siddur pamphlet while observing other people in the room and...

  • A better world for our children?

    September 10, 2015 | 12:24 pm

    Rabbi Elazar said: One who becomes compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate. (Midrash Tanhuma, Parshat Metzora, 1)

    Reb Mendel Futerfas, a legendary Lubavitch Chasid (1906-1995), was imprisoned for 14 years, and exiled to Siberian gulags because...

  • She followed her heart to her true faith

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    May 21, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    I’m sitting in a plush rocking chair underneath a large painting of Jesus in my grandma’s living room. My grandma is across from me, smiling, her hands linked. Danny Lobell, my fiancé, is next to me.

    “So, what’s your background?” she asks Danny.

    “I’m Scottish and Jewish,” he...

  • Children of Israel, in more ways than one

    May 14, 2015 | 5:02 pm

    The week before Passover, Colel Chabad, the charitable arm of the Chabad movement, brought more than 100 Israeli bar mitzvah boys from all over Israel to the Western Wall.

    The 13-year-olds, each accompanied by up to 10 friends and relatives, were treated to a day of spirituality...

  • Mariachi Bands Plays Chabad Tote Song

    By Tess Cutler

    May 7, 2015 | 12:49 pm

    Two night ago, I was at a Mexican restaurant celebrating the Battle of Puebla aka Cinco de Drinko when the mariachi band started playing a familiar jingle. It took me a second to "intellectually Shazam" the ditty when I realized it was none other than the Chabad Telethon tote song (the song that plays when a tote is called and the dancing rabbis come out and give it their all). Take a listen for yourselves.

     
    And to refresh your memory, here's the Chabad version:
     
  • Don’t Just Stand There — Do Something Holy

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    May 1, 2015 | 12:59 pm

    “You shall not stand by [the shedding of] your fellow's blood. I am Hashem.”

    Lev. 19:16 I was driving on cold morning down the highway in New Jersey and a car ahead of me suddenly veered left, went off the road, and then careened back across the highway. The car crossed some...

  • Some good news coming out of France’s Jewish community: top-ranked schools

    April 13, 2015 | 10:19 am

    When mainstream French media report about Jewish schools, it’s usually not good news.

    Sometimes, the reports are about controversies surrounding public funding of such institutions in a country with a strong separation between religion and state.

    More often, the news is in the...

  • Will haredi Orthodox Jews embrace pre-nups that protect women from becoming agunot?

    March 27, 2015 | 10:19 am

    Breaking up, as the classic song notes, is generally hard to do. But in the Orthodox community, divorce can be particularly trying, especially for women.

    That’s because intransigent husbands can hold up the process by refusing to give a get, or a religious writ of divorce. In...

  • Letters to the editor: Running Springs, Mel Brooks and Sun City

    February 4, 2015 | 9:18 am

    We Report, You Decide

    Thanks for telling a complicated story so well (“The Rebirth of Running Springs,” Jan. 30). Bravo to the Journal for reporting the facts for all to see. To those who criticize the story, it could have been far more damaging to Chabad by reporting other...

  • What Chabad needs to do now

    By Dennis Prager

    December 30, 2014 | 9:53 am

    It is evident to most Jews who care about the Jewish future that, individual exceptions in every movement notwithstanding, the one successful movement in contemporary Jewish life is Chabad.
     
    So, then, what is Chabad to do now?
     
    I ask this question because Chabad is...
  • If Chabad becomes more dominant, American Judaism will change

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 16, 2014 | 4:00 am

    I was planning to write a post about Chabad way before the stabbing in NY last week, and without even remembering that last week was the "new year" of Chasidism according to Chabad calendar. I was planning to write about Chabad following my article on why the Jews of Miami are...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel’s nation-state bill, BDS, Chabad, strawberry sufganiyot and more

    December 10, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Not-So-Blurred Lines

    Until now, I had not paid much attention to the proposed nation-state identity bill, figuring that it stated the obvious but was being done for emphasis (“Red Lines,” Dec. 5). But in reading this article, I discover that part of the bill is to discontinue...

  • And the only state without a Chabad is…

    By Julie Bien

    November 21, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Some 4,200 Chabad rabbis from more than 80 countries are gathering this weekend in New York for the annual conference of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries.

    In the year since they all last got together to attend workshops, listen to keynote lectures from the likes of former Sen. Joseph...

  • Giant Ukraine JCC provides shelter from the storm — in style

    October 3, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Five months into the war that turned him into a refugee in his own country, Jacob Virin has already attended 20 Jewish weddings — including those of his son and two other relatives — at the $100 million JCC of Dnepropetrovsk.

    Towering over the skyline of this industrial...

  • East meets West for UC Grad at Asian Chabads

    October 1, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    Like many newly minted American college graduates, Liad Braude, a 22-year-old UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) alumnus, chose to travel instead of going straight into the workforce. However, unlike his peers who were buying round-the-world tickets, packing for European trips or strapping on...

  • Bnei Akiva seals $7.1 million deal on massive campground east of Los Angeles

    By Jared Sichel

    September 12, 2014 | 6:11 pm

    On Sept. 12, Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, the local chapter of an international religious Zionist youth group, purchased a 78-acre campground in Running Springs for $7.1 million.

    The group has raised $8.5 million in a major capital campaign this year and plans to raise an...

  • West Coast Chabad celebrates 50 years with annual telethon

    By Tess Cutler

    September 9, 2014 | 5:22 pm

    It’s become Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin’s token slogan: “Call the music! Call the tote!” 

    He belted it out after a live segment with actor Jon Voight during Chabad’s 34th annual “To Life” telethon on Sept. 7. Music blasted, the tote board displaying the amount of money raised so...

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