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Mental Health in the Jewish World
November 23, 2017

There are some topics people are happy to discuss with their friends and fellow congregants at kiddush after Shabbat services (and unfortunately, at times, even during services). Popular topics include local sports teams, the weather, the stock market, recent developments at local schools and… Read more...

When a Private Sukkah Costs $4 Million, Where Do We Eat?
October 10, 2017

Two young Israeli boys were riding their bikes along Manhattan’s East River Esplanade near Carl Schurz Park at 84th Street. They looked up, smiled, and called to their father in Hebrew: “Abba, look! A sukkah!” Inside, a young couple with daughters 2 and 4 years old were enjoying a… Read more...

The Trendy Boutique that Employs People with Special Needs
August 20, 2017

ZABS Place in North Carolina provides on-site job training and business skills “Hello, welcome to ZABS Place! My name is Aaron.” Aaron Roochvarg sports an award-winning smile. He’s there at the door, enthusiastically greeting customers when they enter the store and asking if they need any… Read more...

It’s Happy Purim Holiness in New Orleans
March 9, 2017

The Jewish community celebrates its heritage NEW ORLEANS—Ask Malkie Rivkin and the volunteers who are preparing hundreds of mishloach manot food baskets at the Btesh Family Chabad House in New Orleans three days before Purim what makes the holiday unique in New Orleans, and they almost don’t… Read more...

Mustering Up Morning ‘Minyan’ in Sun-Drenched St. Thomas
March 6, 2017

Writer joins a Virgin Islands rabbi on his daily rounds of hotels, timeshares and cruise ships ST. THOMAS, V.I.—The questions, both halachic and practical, start early on this 32-square-mile island in the Caribbean Sea. Rabbi Asher Federman, director of Chabad Lubavitch of the Virgin Islands in… Read more...

Volunteering “With” and Not “For”
January 14, 2017

It is a common practice for middle- and high-school children to “do” community service. Through their work with people who are elderly, homeless or poor or who have disabilities, students learn empathy and compassion for those “less fortunate,” and they learn to better appreciate what they… Read more...

Where Jewish Travelers and Locals in Copenhagen Feel Right at Home
December 8, 2016

COPENHAGEN—Walk down the block-long Ole Suhrs Gade Street in Copenhagen—from the Botanical Gardens at one end to Sortedams Lake at the other—and there is a certain old-world charm. Neighbors engage in quiet conversation or sip coffee at corner cafes, with dozens of bicycles parked in racks… Read more...