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 Summer Camp, Forced to Travel, Gives Teenagers Dose of Restructured Fun 
Displaced campers from South Padre Island visit the Texas State Capitol in Austin after Hurricane Dolly led the staff of Camp Gan Israel to plan an ever-changing road trip.
Displaced campers from South Padre Island visit the Texas State Capitol in Austin after Hurricane Dolly led the staff of Camp Gan Israel to plan an ever-changing road trip.
With the clean-up from Hurricane Dolly continuing apace, the South Texas Jewish summer camp that was forced from their island home by the approaching storm has not yet returned to its tropical paradise. But rather than close up shop, the Chabad-Lubavitch run Camp Gan Israel of South Padre Island is continuing with its hastily executed road trip across the Lone Star State.

For the some 40 campers and their parents, what camp director Rabbi Asher Hecht and his staff did is nothing short of taking lemons and making lemonade. More

    
 
 Expansion Coming to Campus Jewish Center in the Kansas Heartland 
An architects rendering of the new headquarters of the Chabad Jewish Student Center not far from the University of Kansas illustrates a massive expansion in the works for the Lawrence, Kan., facility
An architects rendering of the new headquarters of the Chabad Jewish Student Center not far from the University of Kansas illustrates a massive expansion in the works for the Lawrence, Kan., facility
When the almost 2,000 Jewish Jayhawks return to campus this fall, they can expect a much anticipated event in the groundbreaking for an expanded Jewish student center. Following the purchase this summer of a duplex just off the grounds of the University of Kansas, the Chabad Jewish Student Center serving the Lawrence school is planning a renovation that will more than quadruple its size.

According to Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel, who with his wife Nechama Dina co-directs the center that was established in 2006, the local Jewish community just “keeps growing and growing.” When they first arrived, they figured that their rented duplex would be able to hold programming in one half of the house, while their family could reside in the other. More

    
 
 Siyumim in Broward County 
The Kollel of Businessmen and Professionals, under the directorship of Rabbi Mordechai Feiner, one of Florida's Shluchei Torah, has organized a Siyum in the Talmud for each day of the Nine Days, following the directive of the Rebbe.
The Siyumim will take place at the Kollel, located at Chabad of South Broward Headquarters, 1295 East Hallandale Beach Blvd, in Hallandale Beach. More
    
 
 Live Videocast of Nine Days Siyumim Online! 

Chabad.org will be broadcasting a live videocast of the NCFJE daily siyum throughout Tu B’av. For many years, the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education has organized siyums on the radio in New York City. The effort was spearheaded by Rabbi Y.Y. Hecht, upon the instructions of the Rebbe.

Chabad.org is delighted to partner with NCFJE to offer a live videocast of the daily siyum. The siyum be broadcasted live at: http://www.chabad.org/708670

Click here for a schedule of the siyumim

    
 
 Thank you, Rabbi Wilhelm 
Rabbi Wilhelm
Rabbi Wilhelm

More than once, every day, I say to myself: “I should do X or Y, but I don’t have time right now, this X or Y is more important.”

Let me tell you a story that changed my mind about not “having time.”

One June 1, I flew to Houston to be with my husband David as he awaited his fourth surgery this year. I brought a lot of books with me to read while David was in the operating room, because I knew that I would be waiting for the whole day to hear the outcome of the surgery. I was prepared to be alone with my thoughts and worries: as prepared as a wife can be.

What I didn’t know was that I was not going to be all alone that day.

Rabbi Moshe Wilhelm, the spiritual leader of Chabad in Portland, had on his calendar to “spend the day with Kim Rosenberg.” More

    
 
 Rabbi aims to move Chabad back to Cooper City 
Rabbi Shmuel Posner
Rabbi Shmuel Posner
Judge's ruling opens location options
Rabbi Shmuel Posner hopes to reopen the Chabad of Nova in Cooper City.

"It's gonna happen," Posner said Wednesday, the day after a federal judge ruled Cooper City violated the rights of his Orthodox synagogue. "The city is not above the law; they're trying to play above the law, but no one is above the law."

On Tuesday, Miami U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga ruled against Cooper City on nearly every issue in a lawsuit filed in May 2007 that accused the city of using zoning rules to keep Chabad out of town.

In October 2006, the city amended its zoning laws to allow religious groups in office parks and recreational districts but not in business districts. More

 

    
 
 New Mikvah in Montana 

On Wednesday, Chof Zayin Tammuz, Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum joined the construction team of Langlas and Associates in Bozeman, as they poured the concrete for Montana's first Mikvah.

This Mikvah will be serving Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and Saskatchewan in Canada. It will also serve the countless Jewish tourists visiting the Big Sky Ski Resort, Yellowstone National Park, and Glacier National Park.

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 Good Cards issued to promote kindness and good deeds 
Sample of card
Sample of card
Rabbi Hanoch Hecht of Chabad Dutchess and the Rhinebeck Jewish Center says he is initiating a "Goodness and Kindness campaign in Dutchess County, the goal of which is to encourage good deeds and acts of kindness among people which will bring more light onto the world."

"Every person needs to be the change that they want to see in the world," Hecht said, quoting Gandhi.

Organizations will be distributing "Good Cards," the ultimate credit card, with "real rewards," says Hecht. The card is "to serve as a reminder to the carrier to do more acts of goodness and kindness," Hecht adds. More

    
 
 Far From Sderot, Just Kids Again 
More than 100 children from Sderot enjoyed a summer of exploring cities, amusement parks and the joys of camp life in Manalapan N.J., above, and Collegeville, Pa., left. Photos courtesy of Chabad
More than 100 children from Sderot enjoyed a summer of exploring cities, amusement parks and the joys of camp life in Manalapan N.J., above, and Collegeville, Pa., left. Photos courtesy of Chabad
For more than 100 youngsters, a summer camp idyll with bug juice instead of bombs.

More than 100 children from Sderot enjoyed a summer of exploring cities, amusement parks and the joys of camp life in Manalapan N.J., above, and Collegeville, Pa., left. Photos courtesy of Chabad

Manalapan, N.J. — An act as simple as riding a bicycle barefoot around a covered pavilion, the sun beating down on the grassy fields surrounding her, is something Lior Azaran could not have dreamed of doing this summer back home in Sderot.

But this has been a summer of firsts for Lior and more than 100 other children from Sderot, the embattled city near the Gaza border where instead of swimming, bug juice and summer showers, children endure the weekly rains of Kassam rockets and a constant sense of terror.

The children have spent a month in American camps this summer through a Chabad program started by Rabbi Dan Rodkin last year. Rabbi Rodkin grew up in Soviet Russia attending an underground yeshiva, and remembers being buoyed by the support of Jews halfway around the world. More

    
 
 Amid Beijings Boom, a Jewish Community Blooms 

Beijing — The Chabad House here sits at the end of a quiet street in an upscale gated community just inside this city’s Fourth Ring road and down the block from the Israeli Embassy. A caged duck and a stroller guard the entrance, as does a small army of young Chinese men who patrol the neighborhood of gaudy McMansions.

Ask a local to describe Shimon Freundlich, Beijing’s Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi, and that person probably will raise hand to chin and stroke an invisible huzi, or beard.

“Sometimes they call me Bin Laden as a joke,” Freundlich told the Forward. “They used to call me Santa before September 11. Then it changed.” More

    
 
 Have you checked your security system lately? 
Yagdil Torah has published an interesting collection of quotes, stories, letters and other literature about how the Torah provides security to those who study it. The Torah learning secures those who learn it from theft, violence, sickness, ayin hara, spiritual sickness and all other negative things. In fact, when Bilaam was asked if he will be able to curse the Yiden he said that if the sound of Torah is heard in the Beis Midrash, he will not be able to. To view the publication click here.

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 Chabad at the Shore Gets Itself a New Home 
The new site of Chabad at the Shore in Ventnor, N.J.
The new site of Chabad at the Shore in Ventnor, N.J.

Just two years after Chabad Lubavitch of Atlantic County opened a synagogue in the heart of Ventnor City's business district -- in a small storefront above an ice-cream shop -- the shul known as Chabad at the Shore has moved to a larger location, one that its rabbi hopes will serve as a permanent home.

Memorial Day weekend celebrated the opening of Chabad's new site at 6412 Ventnor Ave. -- just two blocks from the beach and the boardwalk -- in a building that was once used as a theater, then as a child-care center, according to Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, the shul's 27-year-old religious leader.

It's also conveniently right next door to the Jerusalem Glatt Kosher Restaurant, which also served as one of the shul's temporary homes. On its other side is a Latin restaurant.  More

    
 
In keeping with the Rebbe's directive
 Watch and listen to a siyum every day of the 9 Days 
In keeping with the Rebbe’s directives to hear a Siyum every day of the 9 days, Merkos organizations ShluchimExchange.com and the Jewish Learning Institute are happy to inform you that we will be hosting a live broadcast of a siyum every single day of the 9 days.  The live broadcasts -- which will be transmitted on alternating dates from Jerusalem and New York --  will be available for viewing on ShluchimExchange.com, Shluchos.com and on the new website, open to the general public www.TorahCafe.com.  The first broadcast will take place this Motzei Shabbos. The siyumim will take place daily at these times: Click here for times
    
 
 At Mayo Clinic, Chabad A Steady Presence For Patients and Families 
Rabbi Dovid and Chanie Greene, Chabad representatives in Rochester, MN.
Rabbi Dovid and Chanie Greene, Chabad representatives in Rochester, MN.

(lubavitch.com) Mayo Clinic, 10 p.m. At her mother’s urging, a pale eighteen-year-old girl lies perfectly still on an exam table. Her heart condition is so severe and complex that she and her mother flew in from Tel Aviv for surgery.

“I am so relieved you are here,” the mother, also pale with jet lag and worry, said in Hebrew to Rabbi Dovid Greene. Without the Rochester’s Chabad representative, her communication with the doctor would falter inside a language gap. The nuances of her concerns would be lost without accurate translation into English and into the special speech ways only a native Minnesotan like Rabbi Greene could know. More

    
 
 Benefit Trike-a-thon held at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy 
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Illustration

LONGMEADOW - A Trike-a-thon event benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was recently held at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy. Early childhood students and their families raised almost $450.

"By participating in the event, LYA students helped raise funds for the world's premier pediatric cancer research center," said Linda Lastowski, LYA preschool director. "These funds will help St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases." More

    
 
 Mid-Atlantic Regional Kinus 
Group picture
Group picture | Photograph: Shturem

This past Sunday the Regional Conference of Mid-Atlatic shluchim opened in Wilmington, Delaware which included shluchim from Delaware, Maryland, N.J., Pennsylvania and Virginia.

65 shluchim took part in the conference that lasted two days and ended Sunday night. The shluchim attended lectures, workshops and various forums concerning shlichus.

The main workshops were led by special guests who came in for the Kinus like Rabbi Chaim Shaul Bruk of the Vaad Hanochos Hasichos, Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky and Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky.

Rabbi Choni Vogel, shliach in the host city of the conference told Shturem.net that the conference was very successful. "I have been receiving positive feedback from the shluchim constantly," he said. Click here for photos

    

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