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Steven Sotloff’s Parents To Light Public Menorah In His Memory

12/15/2014
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The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish journalist who was beheaded by a member of ISIS, will light a public menorah in Miami in his memory.

Stabbed Israeli Student Improving As Mother Arrives In N.Y.

12/12/2014
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The condition of the Israeli rabbinical student who was stabbed at Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Brooklyn was upgraded.

Tighter Security Urged In Wake Of Stabbing

Attack of student at 770 raising questions about open-door policies.

12/09/2014
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Following years of security concerns here because of wars and terrorism in the Middle East, the American Jewish community was on edge this week in the wake of an act of domestic anti-Semitism — an early morning attack on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Crown Heights.

770 Eastern Parkway, Lubavitcher world headquarters. Wikimedia Commons

Chabad Takes Aim At Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar Pic

Massive selfie outside 770 Eastern Parkway includes some 2,000 rabbis.

11/25/2014
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Chabad is doing Ellen DeGeneres one – or maybe a few thousand, better. The Hollywood star’s Oscar selfie with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep set Twitter records and has been valued at as much as $1 billion. Chabad-Lubavitch’s version isn’t so glitzy, but it’s much, much bigger, featuring about 2,000 rabbis gathered for the movement’s annual conference.

No Brad Pitt, but many, many rabbis. Via chabad.org

After Guns, Drugs Seized, Chabad Rabbi Defends Youth Center

Says discovery of loaded assault rifle and drug paraphernalia was a “horrible surprise”; defends arrested volunteer.

11/13/2014
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The head of a Crown Heights youth center where police discovered a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle and a stash of drugs Tuesday defended the 11-year-old organization and the volunteer arrested in connection with the crime.

“This came as a horrible surprise,” said Rabbi Moishe Feiglin, who started The Aliya Institute, an organization for disaffected Jewish youth, in 2003.

Giant Ukraine JCC Provides Shelter From The Storm — In Style

10/02/2014
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Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine — Five months into the war that turned him into a refugee in his own country, Jacob Virin has already attended 20 Jewish weddings — including those of his son and two other relatives — at the $100 million JCC of Dnepropetrovsk.

Twenty Years After, Rebbe Still Inspires

His grave and visitors center expect 50,000 in the coming week.

06/25/2014
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Twenty years ago, the heart of Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson began to fail, revive and finally expired in the cool of the night between 1 and 2 a.m. By that Sunday’s dawn (the Hebrew date was Gimmel Tammuz, this year corresponding to the night of June 30 and July 1) chasidim started arriving in Crown Heights by car, subway and chartered planes from every continent. To look at their faces was to think their best friend died, as he had. Many experts were writing the chasidim off, as well. Chabad-Lubavitch was doomed to decline, said the experts, who predicted chaos in the absence of a rebbe and no way to pick a new one. It was a movement supposedly crippled and discredited by its messianists, rivalries and fantasists.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, buried alongside his predecessor, has constant visitors. Michael Datikash/JW

Views On ‘Cult-like’ Retreats Vary Wildly

To critics, Call of the Shofar flirts with foreign worship and uses deception; supporters say it has improved their lives.

02/26/2014
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To Dr. Rashi Shapiro, a Brooklyn psychologist with many Orthodox patients, Call of the Shofar “can be highly influential in helping people change their thinking.” But the program is not a cult, he says in an open letter about the program.

Shapiro, who says he has deprogrammed cult victims for more than 35 years, said the techniques “do not inhibit thinking, but rather expand awareness.”

Raphael Aron: Spoke to dozens of people about Call of the Shofar for his report, but not the founder.

Rabbi A Rising Martial Arts Star

01/23/2014
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Rabbi Yossi Eilfort does not train on Shabbat, doesn’t like to hit people and doesn’t have a long background in self-defense techniques – but he’s now a rising martial arts competitor, according to Fox News.

The Year Ahead: The Lubavitcher Rebbe, 20 Years After

12/31/2013
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Two decades ago, June 12, 1994, after years of messianic crescendo, controversy and genial outreach, the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, breathed his last. Like Joe Hill or Elijah, the rebbe became one of those characters that some say never really died, either literally or figuratively. The debate within Chabad over his messianism has become somewhat muted with the years, as the passage of time does its dulling. But one thing is beyond dispute: The rebbe is having one heck of an afterlife.

The late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
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