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 Donors helping synagogue replace Torah lost in blaze 
Rabbi Zev Katz searches through what remains inside the burned Chabad Chul in Miami Beach last month.
Rabbi Zev Katz searches through what remains inside the burned Chabad Chul in Miami Beach last month. | Photograph: CHERYL A. GUERRERO / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

A Broward County woman who wants to honor her dead parents, and a couple who commute between Miami and New York, are donating new Torahs to a beleaguered Jewish congregation in Miami Beach whose synagogue was ravaged in a recent fire.

''These show people that we're going to come back stronger after a tragedy,'' said an appreciative Rabbi Zev Katz, the head of Miami Beach's Chabad Shul, part of Judaism's Orthodox Hasidic movement. Read More

    
 
 Police Commissioner meets with Rabbi Hecht 
Chief Kelly with Rabbi Hecht
Chief Kelly with Rabbi Hecht
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly made his second visit in eight days to leaders of the Jewish community, seeking feedback regarding the security situation in this racially divided
neighborhood.

In a private meeting with Rabbi Shea Hecht in his home on Eastern Parkway, the commissioner stressed that the NYPD is doing everything within its power to improve security in the neighborhood. He also mentioned that every police report filed over the past few weeks was being reinvestigated to ensure that residents' complaints were
appropriately followed-up.

Rabbi Hecht made the following statement after their meeting: read more

    
 
 A Sturem Interview that came by divine providence 

As already reported yesterday a regional Chabad conference took place at the Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland center in New City. The conference opened Sunday 11 AM and lasted two days. Over 110 shluchim from 123 different areas came together to discuss and trade ideas on their shlichus. read more and see photo galleries

    
 
 For Jews, Snohomish County can be a lonely place 
Rabbi Zevi and Leeba Goldberg
Rabbi Zevi and Leeba Goldberg
For Jews, Snohomish County can be a lonely place

A Seattle rabbi considering a move to the area would be the only rabbi here.

EVERETT -- As far as ultra-Orthodox Jews are concerned, Western Washington might as well be the end of the Earth.

"It's very, very lonely," said Zevi Goldberg, a Chabad rabbi who moved to the region a year ago from Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was born and raised among this country's largest Orthodox Jewish community.

Goldberg lives in Seattle now, where he at least has the company of other rabbis in the Chabad movement, which sends rabbis throughout the world to open Jewish education centers and synagogues in underserved regions. read more

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 Southside Jewish Community Breaks Ground for Area's First Jewish Facility 
Rabbis Yossi Kahanov and Shmuel Novack with Councilmen Don Redman and Clay Yarborough
Rabbis Yossi Kahanov and Shmuel Novack with Councilmen Don Redman and Clay Yarborough

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(lubavitch.com) Southside community members and leaders turned out Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the area's first Jewish institution, a new Chabad-Lubavitch center.

The event spells a watershed for Southside, which has a local Jewish population of about 5,000, and was planned to coincide with Lag Baomer, the 33rd day of the Omer, a "day of joy" commemorating the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. 

"This is significant," explains Chabad director, Rabbi Shmuel Novack. "What greater joy is there than breaking ground for a new center of Judaism?" read more

    
 
 Aleph's New Home To Help Jewish Inmates Build New Lives 

Rebecca Rosenthal

(lubavitch.com) Pennsylvania, home of the U.S.’s second highest number of federal prisons, right after Texas, sees more than seven out of ten inmates return to prison after release. High rates of re-incarceration are overcrowding prisons, tying up the courts and pushing government officials to find a way to break the street-crime-jail cycle.

Proposed solutions include job training, alcohol and drug addition counseling, and faith based intervention. On May 22, The Aleph Institute - North East Region, Hyman & Martha Rogal Center, celebrated the grand opening of its new home in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, where all these services are now offered, under one freshly renovated roof. read more

    
 
 Chabad Rabbinical Students Remember Israeli Professor Killed In Adis Ababa 
Professor Shoshani at work.
Professor Shoshani at work. | Photograph: Haaretz

R. C. Berman

(lubavitch.com) Jechezkel Shoshani life’s work, unraveling the biological mysteries behind the great African elephant, was cut short when a minibus exploded as he made his way home from Addis Ababa University.

Though it is still unclear as to whether the blast the Israeli professor last week in Ethiopia was terrorist related, the Jewish people lost a warm, open and kind Jew. read more

 

Such was the reaction of Yaacov Behrman and Shmuli Feldman who were shocked to receive the news last week. The two met Dr. Jechezkel “Hezy” Shoshani, 65, over Passover when they hosted a Seder in Ethiopia, sponsored by the central Lubavitch offices and Chabad of the Congo’s Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila.

    
 
 Ulster County Flower Making 
The Jewish Women's Circle of Ulster County gathered on May 18th at the home of Neshama Lipari of Woodstock in preparation for the Holiday of Shavuot.

Jarita's Flowers of Woodstock showed the women how to make many different floral arrangements which they took home. read more
    
 
 Gan Israel Chicago Raffle 

Did you ever wanna go on a hot air balloon ride? Well now you can! By supporting Camp Gan Israel Chicago at the same time

Tickets cost only $36 each!!! Plus raffle includes other prizes such as the Iphone and more…… click here to buy your ticket online today!

1st prize:
Hot air balloon ride

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 AP Report of racial tensions heating up in Crown Heights 

NEW YORK (AP) — Seventeen years after race riots left the streets of one New York City neighborhood bloodied, tensions are rising again there between Orthodox Jews and blacks.

First, a black man was badly beaten. Weeks later, a Jewish teenager said he was attacked by two young blacks while riding his bicycle, and angry Jewish residents took to the streets with signs saying "Jewish blood is not cheap!" and "Every Jew a .22." read more

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 Registration for Mercoz Shlichus in full swing 
Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky
Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky | Photograph: Israel Bardugo

Registration to go on Merkoz Shlichus during the summer is presently in full swing. Shturem was told by officials in Merkoz that bochurim who wish to register for Merkoz Shlichus should do so via the Merkoz website and the forms must be submitted no later than Friday the 25th of Iyar. No registration will be accepted afte that date.

Every summer dozens of bochurim in teams travel to various countries throughout the world and help the local shliach visit neighboring cities that the local shliach does not get to during the year. 

Click here to enter Mercoz website to fill out the forms.

or call 1718-774-4000 ext. 269 or ext. 280 (Shlomo Nager)

    
 
 Stop making reference to racial tension,” says Andrew Charles 

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — The young black man who was attacked in Crown Heights last month is asking everyone to stop labeling problems in the area as racial in nature.

“I hope that everyone who has been speaking about the problems in Crown Heights will stop making reference to racial tension,” Andrew Charles said on Friday.

Charles was allegedly attacked last month by a group of Jewish men as he was walking down Carroll Street.

A month later, Alon Sherman was allegedly beaten and robbed by two black teens.

Charles said he believes the incidents are isolated and not racially motivated.

“On the streets of Crown Heights, I can tell you there are no tensions,” said resident Sam Stern about the race relations there.

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 Chandelier returns to 770 
The new chandelier
The new chandelier | Photograph: Shturem

After many years, the legendary chandelier that used to hang downstairs in 770 was hung up again. It was taken off in 1993 because it had disturbed people who wanted to see the Rebbe when he came out on the balcony after the stroke.

On Lag B'omer it was hung back after one of trhe residents decided to donate a new one and received the approval of the gaboim. add comments

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 100 Shluchim at Regional Conference 
Rabbis prepare for a formal picture at yesterday's regional Chabad conference at the Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland center in New City
Rabbis prepare for a formal picture at yesterday's regional Chabad conference at the Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland center in New City | Photograph: Ben Rubin/The Journal News
NEW CITY - Before a packed room of fellow rabbis, Avremel Kotlarsky told the audience that they had made huge strides as an organization, but that it would take far more effort to continue growing.

"There is no free ride, this does not come easily," said Kotlarsky, executive director of the Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland center. more

    
 
 Thousands march in parade in Boro Park 

As reported yesterday the Lag B'omer Parade in Boro Park turned out to be one of the biggest parades ever with thousands of children marching and displaying Jewish Pride and Kiddush Hashem.

300 counselors and lively music band accompanied the marchers.

The event was mceed by Rabbi Yossi Jacobson and the keynote speaker was Hagaon Rabbi Moshe Wolfson, Rosh Yeshivas Torah V'daas. He greeted the participants and spoke about the necessity of unity.

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 Jewish holiday celebrated with carnival, barbecue 

Despite forbidding rain clouds, the pony rides and face painting continued.

"I spoke to The Boss and told him to move the rain toward St. Augustine," said Rabbi Berl Goldman. "He listened to me: It's slowing down."

So the 9th annual Lag B'omer carnival and family barbecue continued without a hitch Thursday evening at Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student and Community Center north of the University of Florida campus.

"Rain never deters us," Goldman said. "Water is sign of blessing. Without water, there is no food or nourishment." more

    

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