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Chabad on Campus’ in Florida Shift from Refuge to Relief

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:50 am
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Chabad on Campus’ in Florida Shift from Refuge to Relief

As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last weekend, Chabad on Campus centers across the state opened their doors, providing shelter for students and community members. In the days since the storm passed, Chabad has shifted to arranging meals for students and organizing relief convoys to assist in the areas worst hit by the storm.

Rabbi Pinny Backman, who co-directs Chabad at the University of South Florida with his wife Chava, was able to secure a concrete warehouse as a safe space for his family and 25 others to stay during the hurricane. He stocked the warehouse with food and air mattresses and they hunkered down there for 35 hours as Hurricane Irma raged outside.

Once... ( Read More » )

150 students from 7 colleges assist with relief efforts in Houston

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:13 am
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A convoy of 50 trucks and cars travel to Houston to help with the Chabad on Campus Hurricane recovery

In 2010, Tennessee was hit with a 1000-year flood. Nashville native Ben Davis remembers the devastation wrought by the storm so when his Chabad Rabbi at the University of Colorado asked him if he could help with the relief efforts in Houston, Davis was immediately on board. He recruited a friend who owns a moving truck business, and Rabbi Yisroel Wilhelm arranged the donation of 2,000 pounds of much-needed supplies. They were joined by a dozen more CU students who made the 16-hour drive to Houston to deliver the supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey

The group of students from Colorado was part of a convoy of 50 trucks and cars... ( Read More » )

Brooklyn Couple Create Home Away from Home for Jewish Chapman Students

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 2:39 pm
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Brooklyn Couple Create Home Away from Home for Jewish Chapman Students

For many new students, the transition from home to college is a journey of self-discovery. Their inquiring minds are exposed to new ideas, to fresh perspective, and they’re afforded the freedom to pursue their dreams. In addition to academic pursuits, many students find in college the beginning of journey to connect with their heritage. Such a journey, however, can be difficult to undertake.

That is why Rabbi Eliezer and Mushky Gurary moved across the country with their one-year-old son Yosef and newborn daughter Mirel to establish Chabad at Chapman Jewish student center earlier the year. The Gurarys both hail from Brooklyn, NY and have previously studied and... ( Read More » )

Jewish Community of Edinburgh University Celebrate Completion Of First Ever Torah Scroll

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:01 am
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The Jewish community of Edinburgh completed and welcomed a Torah scroll -- Judaism's most sacred object -- with a unique and celebratory ceremony on March 19 at Chabad on Campus at Edinburgh University.

More than 100 students, faculty and community members were in attendance as an expert ritual scribe inked the final letters of the magnificent scroll, as done 3,300 years ago for the very first time by Moses. Following the completion of the Torah, the community joyously danced with the sacred scroll, which is the first one in Scotland ever dedicated to Jewish students.

An authentic Torah scroll is a mind-boggling masterpiece of labor and skill. Comprising between 62 and 84 sheets of parchment-cured, tanned, scraped and prepared according... ( Read More » )

110 Students from Four Universities Unite at Virginia Shabbaton

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:09 am
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va_shabbaton.jpgCharlottesville, VA – 110 Jewish college students from across Virginia gathered for a one-of-a-kind Shabbat experience, hosted by the Chabad House at University of Virginia, on the weekend of March 24thth-26th in Charlottesville. The Chabad on Campus Virginia Shabbaton provided a fully immersive Shabbat experience that featured festive meals, beginner’s prayers services, world-renowned teachers and speakers, educational and entertaining workshops and a musical, candle-lit Havdalah service.

Students attending the Shabbaton came from a variety of backgrounds. Some were exposed to Judaism at a young age, while others just recently discovered their heritage. According to Channa Mayer, Co-Director of Chabad at University of... ( Read More » )

Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Light Menorah in Auschwitz

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 4:30 pm
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Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Light Menorah in Auschwitz on Chabad on Campus Trip to Poland

Deena, Noa and Rachel, college students and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, were three of 70 participants on LivingLinks, Chabad on Campus International’s first heritage trip to Poland. In a trip filled with emotional and poignant moments, the most riveting was when they lit the first candle of Chanukah in Auschwitz lI-Birkenau concentration camp.

Students from dozens of colleges across North America spent six days in Poland, bearing witness to the death camps, mass graves, labor camps and ghettos, the resting place for millions of Jews who were murdered al kiddush Hashem. The students also got a glimpse of the vibrant Jewish... ( Read More » )

Chabad on Campus Hosts Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 5:31 pm
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Chabad on Campus International hosted Israel’s Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs, Naftali Bennett, this Monday evening at Chabad House Bowery. An intimate crowd of several dozen students and Jewish campus leaders, gathered to discuss Mosaic United, a new initiative spearheaded by Bennett’s Ministry that brings together the leading campus Jewish organizations to strengthen Jewish Identity and support for Israel among college students around the world. Representing those organizations was Rabbi Yossy Gordon and Rabbi Avi Weinstein of Chabad on Campus International, Eric Fingerhut of Hillel International, Rabbi Avi Cassel of Olami, as well as Amy Holtz, CEO of Mosaic United.

“My mission in life is to strengthen... ( Read More » )

Over 1,200 College Students at NYC Shabbaton

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 10:01 am
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Over 1,200 College Students Flock to Crown Heights, NYC for the Largest Ever Chabad on Campus Shabbaton

Over 1,200 university students from more than 129 college campuses across the United States and the world spent this past weekend in the Crown Heights neighborhood of New York City, at the annual Chabad on Campus JewFest Shabbaton.

The fully immersive weekend program included discussions with leading Rabbis and Rebbetzins, former soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces, YouTube stars, and other personalities, covering a wide range of topics such as The Kabballah of Love, Mindfulness and Prayer, and a How-To guide for young Jewish professionals. It also included a spirited Shabbat program called Shabbat Live: Eat. Think. Celebrate, where... ( Read More » )

Data Sheds Light on Impact of Chabad on Campus

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:42 am
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Groundbreaking research reveals broad & lasting impact on Jewish students’ lives

Historic Study Reveals Wide Demographic Reach of Chabad-Lubavitch on more than 200 U.S. Campuses

Data Sheds Light on Impact of Chabad on Campus

A groundbreaking study of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s work on American college campuses nationwide published this week found that almost 90 percent of participants at the Chassidic-run Jewish student centers do not come from Orthodox homes.... ( Read More » )

Chabad at Lehigh University Celebrates Dedication

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 4:34 pm
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On October 30th, Rohr Chabad at Lehigh University celebrated the dedication ceremony of the Joachim Schaufeld Center for Jewish Life, and co-directors Rabbi Zalman and Yehudit Greenberg took time to reflect on their journey since their humble beginnings in 2008. They’ve come a long way from their days struggling to accommodate the overflow of students outside of the front and back entrances of their first Chabad House on Evans Street, because, on many occasions, there was no available standing room inside. Acquiring and renovating the historic, 10,000 square foot mansion, originally built in 1863, has been a much-anticipated joyful solution.

“Let’s just say we had modest expectations to start” Said Rabbi Greenberg,... ( Read More » )

Chabad of Southside’s Groundbreaking Event

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:45 am
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ground_breaking.jpgOver 250 People Attend Chabad of Southside’s Groundbreaking Event for New $2.9 Million Dollar Center

This past Sunday, September 18, over 250 people attended Chabad of Southside’s Jewish Life Center for a groundbreaking event that marked the beginning of construction on their new, 10,000 square-foot religious hub.

The Chabad of Southside’s Jewish Life Center, a cultural and religious hub that provides the Jews of the local universities and community of Jacksonville with weekly Sabbath meals, prayer services, and social events, hosted a groundbreaking event on September 18th to mark the beginning of construction of their new facility. Over 250 people came out in the 90°F heat for the occasion, including Republican... ( Read More » )

Share Aleph: Sinai Scholars Retreat

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 8:20 am
Posted by Rebeka Luttinger

rebeka.jpgJust as I imagined, jumping from such a spiritual environment at the Sinai Scholars Retreat to such a secular environment at school was not the easiest thing to do. As I headed back into the norm of college life, it dawned on me that I was now surrounded by Jews and non-Jews alike who could not relate to what I had just experienced in the past week. As the college folks say, ‘the struggle is real.’

Every summer Sinai Scholars Society hosts a retreat for the participants of the program, which takes place together with the National Jewish Retreat. Jewish leaders and professionals present on topics such as marrying Jewish, music in Judaism, and in-depth Jewish philosophy. As scholars, we are given the opportunity to meet various... ( Read More » )

Winter Break in Mayanot: My Experience

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 4:42 pm
Posted by Sydney Brobjorg

This winter-break I had the opportunity to spend three amazing weeks in Jerusalem studying on a Mayanot program. The Mayanot program I attended was an all-girl yeshiva, or as the rabbi there would say: “It is not a religious program, but a Jewish studies program.”

Now, if you would have asked me 3 years ago if I would have even considered going to study at a yeshiva… willingly for 3 weeks, I would have thought you were crazy. I was always that girl in Sunday school never paying attention to what the rabbi was saying and occasionally getting kicked out of the class... (Sorry Rabbi Zev)

But through Chabad on Campus and the Sinai scholar’s program I was exposed to a different view of Judaism that I found... ( Read More » )

Dartmouth Sophomore Wins National Award

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 2:42 pm
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19 year-old Cameron Isen, a sophomore in Dartmouth college, was awarded the Jewish Academic Innovation Award this past Sunday, due to his in-depth research paper that used modern, western academia combined with the age-old Jewish academic style of the pilpul to analyze contemporary matters under the light of Jewish tradition. The student was one of ten handpicked university students from around the United States that gathered at the Hilton in Carlsbad, CA on February 7 for the annual Sinai Scholars Academic Symposium to present their papers and co-won the award alongside Shlomit Ovadia of California State University, Northridge.

Isen presented a ten-page research paper that analyzed the historic place of secular wisdom in the life... ( Read More » )

A Student Retreat on the West Coast

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 10:32 am
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Over 250 students from 16 schools participated in the Chabad on Campus West Coast Shabbaton this past weekend. Coming in from Nevada, Arizona and all over California they met in the Cape Ray Hilton, Carlsbad for a weekend of fun and inspiration.

The Shabbaton featured a full program from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Students enjoyed spirited Shabbos meals and many workshops and were treated to lectures and sessions presented by star lecturers and presenters including: MLB agent Paul Cohen, Dr. Tamar Frankiel, Professor Lawrence Schiffman, and Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe.

The focuses of this year's Shabbaton were Jewish pride and Israel Advocacy, which were addressed in many of the sessions including an open forum: "Israel, Why Should... ( Read More » )

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