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 West wing dedicated at newly expanded Chabad Center 
Consul general of Israel to the Southwest, Asher Yarden, joined Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, Texas regional director of Chabad Lubavitch, in affixing the mezuzah to the front doorway of the newly expanded C
Consul general of Israel to the Southwest, Asher Yarden, joined Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, Texas regional director of Chabad Lubavitch, in affixing the mezuzah to the front doorway of the newly expanded C | Photograph: MICHAEL C. DUKE
Hundreds of Houstonians from across the Jewish community turned out for the Chabad Center’s west wing dedication. The ceremony included a Chinese auction, cocktail reception and concert with Benny Friedman and Chony Milecki.

The evening’s emcee, Dr. David Cotlar, reflected on the significance of the occasion, and commented on the building’s symbolic architectural features. In particular, he noted the impact the Chabad Center, and the Lazaroff family, have had over the past three decades on greater Houston’s Jewish communal life. Continue for more and photo gallery

 

 

    
 
 Chabad Retreat in Salt Lake City Draws Jews from Boise, Plano, Missoula . . . 

(lubavitch.com) Nadine Veibell is still looking for words to adequately capture her experience at the National Jewish Retreat over the Fourth of July weekend at a resort in Park City, Utah.

“All I can say is ‘Wow!’ I had an awakening. At 41 years old, I found the connection I seemed to be looking for my whole life,” Veibell said. Continue

    
 
 Yud Beis Tamuz farbrengen with Reb Yoel 

At about 11 PM last night Rabbi Yoel Kahn sat down to farbreng with members of the Kolel.

Reb Yoel related stories and episodes of the arrest and release of the Previous Rebbe correlated with Sichos from the Rebbe.

    
 
 Gallery of Yud Beis Tamuz farbrengen in 770 
Photograph: Meir Elfasi, Shturem

Hundreds of Anash residents of Crown Heights, Temimim and residents from the New York area came to 770 last night to participate in a Yud Beis Tamuz farbrengen.

Attending he farbrengen included members of the Chabad Beth Din of Crown Heights, Rabbi Avrohom Ozdoba and Rabbi Aaron Yaakov Shwei as well as Rabbi Sholom Mendel Simpson and Rabbi Nachman Shapiro. Click here for photo gallery

    
 
 Jewish Outreach on Campus Expands by Leaps and Bounds 
Some of the newest Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries on college campuses pause for a group picture at the annual Chabad on Campus International Conference.
Some of the newest Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries on college campuses pause for a group picture at the annual Chabad on Campus International Conference.
When Rabbi Shlomo and Chanie Silverman return to Pittsburgh in the coming weeks, they will join an ever-expanding army of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries dedicated to strengthening Jewish pride among college students.

You could say that the mission is in the Silvermans’ blood.

“My wife and I both grew up in families where helping Jewish students, especially in Pittsburgh, was the primary focus,” explained Silverman just after the conclusion of the annual Chabad on Campus International Conference, held this year in Kerhonkson, N.Y.Continue

    
 
 Mordechai Ben David cries with the crowd 
Photograph: Meir Elfasi, Shturem
A half year ago in the middle of the summer a young girl named Aliza Shwab a daughter of a Chabad member of a Chabad House in N. Miami, drowned in a swimming pool and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. She was unconscious and on aritificial life support. After a while the doctors gave up hope and wanted to detach her from the life support machine but the family vehemently opposed it. Click here for the rest and to watch a video
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 Chabad might take on Cooper City again over zoning laws 
Rabbi Posner
Rabbi Posner

Synagogue might take on Cooper City again over zoning laws

Cooper City may be flirting with yet another federal lawsuit centering on religious freedom.

That's according to the attorneys representing Chabad of Nova and Rabbi Shmuel Posner, who still is waiting for Cooper City to change the zoning laws that got his Orthodox synagogue kicked out of town two years ago. Continue

    
 
 An interview with Rabbi Groner obm 
Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner obm
Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner obm
Two years ago, JEM's My Encounter with the Rebbe team interviewed the Rebbe's Shliach to Australia, Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner, A"H. Honoring his memory during his Shiva, here is an excerpt from the interview, which was conducted in Melbourne in January, 2006.
    
 
 Mrs. Chana Wolvovsky obm 

The funeral of Mrs. Chana Wolvovsky, wife of Reb Shmuel Wolvovsky may he live and be well took place yesterday and passed 770. Hundreds of residents showed up to accompany her to her final rest.

    
 
 Sefer Torah dedication in N. Miami Beach 
Mordechai Ben David at the event
Mordechai Ben David at the event | Photograph: Meir Elfasi, Shturem

A dedication of a new Sefer Torah was dedicated yesterday in Bet Menachem of North Miami Beach under the leadership of shliach Rabbi Yosi Marlow. Performing at the event were Chassidic superstars Mordechai Ben David and his son Yidel Werdiger.

Also taking part in the event were Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipsker and head shaliach in Brazil Rabbi Shabsi Halpern. Comments

    
 
 Southern California Fire Sparks Selflessness Among Jewish Residents 
A modified cargo plane drops fire retardant on a wildfire in the mountains surrounding S. Barbara, Calif
A modified cargo plane drops fire retardant on a wildfire in the mountains surrounding S. Barbara, Calif | Photograph: Kevin Stanchfield)
As firefighters plowed forward in a 10-day battle against raging flames known as the Gap Fire in the wooded mountains around S. Barbara and Goleta, Calif., a Jewish center just one block from the evacuation line continued to offer support to displaced and anxious residents.

Elie Fouere, a one-time volunteer New England fire-fighter who now calls California home, reported that Chabad-Lubavitch of S. Barbara was the “safest place to be” when the fire posed an immediate threat to area homes.Continue

    
 
 Marshall Islands, Cartagena, Colombia On Chabad Rabbis' Itinerary 

(lubavitch.com) After hours of travel through the back-roads of the Rocky Mountains, Rabbis Daniel Cowen and Asaf Advocat, two young rabbis on the Chabad-Lubavitch community enrichment program, or Merkos Shlichus, as it is referred to, have reached the last leg of their day trip, the town of Pueblo, Colorado. Pushing aside empty soda bottles, half-eaten bags of chips and mapquest print outs, the two emerge from their car with a flurry of the red dust for which the state of Colorado is named.

In a land where the ten gallon cowboy hat and not the black fedora is considered a fashion statement, the rabbinical students will nevertheless reach out to Pueblo's small local Jewish community, and visit with them at the local synagogue. Continue

 

    
 
 Boca Residents Unhappy About Chabad Plans In Neighborhood 
Chabad shul in Boca Raton
Chabad shul in Boca Raton
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Six homes could soon be demolished to make room for a new house of worship in Boca Raton.

Neighbors in the area aren't happy about the plan to build the Chabad.

Firefighter Anthony Majhess spent his day off wearing a suit at the Boca Raton Library to ask people to sign a petition to stop the demolition.

The temple, a chabad, will be built on 22,000 square feet in Majhess' neighborhood.

"Anything that's built that's a place of worship is going to bring a Dumpster, parking out on the streets," Majhess said. Continue

    
 
 Mrs. Chana Wolvovsky obm 

With profound sadness, shock and deep pain we inform you of the very tragic and untimely passing, after a terrible illness r"l, of Mrs. Chana Wolvovsky (nee Raskin) of Crown Heights, wife of Shmuel Wolvovsky and daughter of Yibadlu Lechaim Tovim, Arik and Raya Raskin.

The Levaya will take place today, Sunday and will be leaving the Shomrei Hadas Chapel at around 1:30pm and passing by 770 at around 2:30pm

    
 
 Too Many Geniuses and Not Enough Grunt Workers 
Noam Neusner
Noam Neusner

Earlier this year a contest was held for the best idea for a book that would transform the way Jews think about themselves and Judaism. Sponsored by a wealthy Jewish philanthropist, the contest was billed as the Jewish equivalent of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grant” program, which bestows no-strings-attached gifts of a half-million dollars to a handful of do-gooders around the world each year. The winner, a bright young man named Yehuda Kurtzer, got a two-year teaching gig at Brandeis and a book deal. Continue

    
 
 Jewish music draws a variety of listeners 
TORRINGTON - The 12th Annual Klezmer on the Hills featured Grammy nominee Andy Statman and his band playing a rousing blend of music.

Statman, a mandolin and clarinet player, thinks of his works as "a spontaneous American-roots form of very personal, prayerful Hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz," he says on his Web site. Continue

    

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