Yad Vashem online exhibit emphasizes the power of family

April 4, 2021 by  

The world will mark Yom Hashoah—Holocaust Memorial Day—on April 7-8 with particular attention on the 80th anniversary of a campaign against the Jews of Eastern Europe that was nothing short of mass murder. This deadly Nazi plot would put the close and loving Jewish family to the most painful of tests. Read more

‘Restoring My Lost Childhood’: How children’s homes revived the youngest Holocaust survivors

January 24, 2021 by  

It’s been 75 years, but Yaakov Guterman can still recall nearly everything about the nine months he lived in Zakopane, Poland. Read more

Resounding message of World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem: ‘Never Again Is Now’

January 26, 2020 by  

Jerusalem: It’s a city that stops everything for a minute each May for Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day, remembering those who perished, as well as those who barely escaped with their lives. But on Thursday, it remembered again. Read more

Amid surging anti-Semitism, 75th commemoration of Auschwitz liberation comes at crucial time

January 21, 2020 by  

To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” ― Elie Wiesel, “Night” Read more

Meet Michael Schudrich: Rabbi to Poland’s Jews, the living and the dead

December 8, 2019 by  

The phone rings in Michael Schudrich’s study. The young man on the other end sounds upset. His grandmother died, and he needs the rabbi’s help. Read more

Saluting one of the last living heroes of Israel’s fight for independence

October 4, 2019 by  

Nothing really prepares you for the Smoky smile and the twinkle in an eye undimmed by nearly a century on earth. Read more

The power of a dream: Israel’s new solar plant lights the way to a bright future

September 6, 2019 by  

Driving along the long stretch of Highway 6, deep in Israel’s Negev Desert, you could easily think you are seeing a mirage: thousands of giant mirrors all facing the sun. Read more

Twenty-five years later: Three new books introduce the Lubavitcher Rebbe to a new generation

August 8, 2019 by  

When Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson—known universally as “the Rebbe”—passed away 25 years ago, sceptics predicted the end of the forward growth and momentum of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement he had led for four decades. Read more

A quarter-century after his passing, the Rebbe’s sphere of influence continues to grow

July 14, 2019 by  

For the Lubavitcher Rebbe, rather than his memory and influence shrinking in the 25 years since his passing, his legacy has only served to create phenomenal growth in the movement he nurtured, inspired and guided for nearly a half-century. Read more

Belly-filling, heart-warming: An evening in Jerusalem’s Yachad Cafe

February 5, 2019 by  

It only happens once a month, so you’ll want to mark your calendar well in advance. Because, like with other classy German Colony restaurants, you’re better off making a reservation if you don’t want to be left outside in the Jerusalem cold, staring ravenously at the happy diners inside. Read more

Shavuot across the denominations

May 16, 2018 by  

I’ve often heard (and many rabbis lament) that Shavuot is the only major Jewish holiday many Diaspora Jews have never heard of or ever celebrated…writes Deborah Fineblum/JNS. Read more

Chabad’s massive growth rooted in several key ingredients, yet ‘defies logic’…writes Deborah Fineblum/JNS.org

November 28, 2017 by  

How do you go about feeding a crowd of 5,600 hungry rabbis and other guests, many of whom have just traveled across the globe? If you ask Greenwald Caterers, they’ll tell you to start with 2.5 tons of meat, 10 pallets of drinks and 40 cases of tomatoes. And don’t forget the 5,600 cups of coffee.  Read more

Why do we fast on Yom Kippur, and who shouldn’t?…writes Deborah Fineblum

October 1, 2014 by  

Herut Shitrid vividly recalls the first Yom Kippur she fasted. She was only 10, but somehow she was able to make it through the whole day. Read more

Making Aliyah during wartime…writes Deborah Fineblum

July 28, 2014 by  

Of the 228 souls who emerged from El Al Flight LY 3004 on the morning of July 22 at Ben Gurion Airport, nearly half were children. By now, those children have already started taking Hebrew classes and experienced the smells and sights of their new homeland, including way too many falafel balls to count. Read more