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  • She followed her heart to her true faith

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Chabad Telethon: 50 years of Chasidic movement on West Coast

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    When Chabad holds its 34th annual “To Life” telethon on Sept. 7, it also will mark 50 years since the movement launched its operations on the West Coast.

    Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, the prolific West Coast Chabad leader who turns 74 on Sept. 17, expressed enthusiasm about Chabad’s...

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

    August 26, 2014 | 11:32 am

    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

    August 19, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    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...

  • 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...

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