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The latest news stories about Chabad Lubavitch from around the UK.

Yom Kippur Without Guilt

From the Chabad Magazine:

"I want to know, what does the process of examining one's past deeds undertake for someone who abandoned a religious lifestyle because she was abused by the authority figures of that system?

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Or someone who grew up in a world where there was no moral standard, and just now is starting out on a path guided by Torah and mitzvahs?

Or for someone struggling with trauma or depression? Someone who already feels rotten about herself?

In all these cases, beating your chest and crying out, “I have sinned! I have sinned! Forgive me!” seems a mockery at best, and could even be self-abusive.


Alumni in Focus: New Centre in Sudbury MA

During a mid-winter night in 2006, shortly after Rabbi Yisroel and Shayna Freeman moved to Sudbury (outside Boston, USA) to open a Chabad centre, the rabbi woke, chilled to the bone. In the morning, he discovered he’d left their front door wide open.

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That open door became both a metaphor and a guiding philosophy for the co-directors of Chabad of Sudbury—about 30 minutes due west of Boston—as it has for Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries around the world. And it eventually led them to the establishment of a brand-new building, based on welcoming local Jewish residents of all ages to pray, learn and celebrate the beauty of their traditions and of Jewish history.

The grand opening of the new… Read More »

Photo of the Week

Fire Alarm Doesn't Stop pre-Yom Kippur Shiur in the City! 

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Sukkah in the City

Please join us at our Sukkah, New Street Square London EC4 from 9th to 11th October.

There will be 'something for everyone' and we are particularly honoured to have Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as our honoured guest  on Monday 9th October. Please see below for full details.

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Chabad in the News #3

Following on from the recent UK JLI Conference which will see the world's flagship Jewish education programme rolled out fully across the UK this autumn there was an excellent piece of coverage in this week's JC also. For full details of the courses on offer please click here

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Chabad in the News #2

Yet another amazing story. This time about Chabad's relief efforts on St Martin in the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Kol Hakavod to Rabbi Moishe & Sara Chanowitz.

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Chabad in the News #1

Chabad Lubavitch UK has significantly expanded its outreach in London, opening four new branches over the past year in different parts of the capital, with another on its way in Epping. See below for the full story as covered by The JC.

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WhatsApp & Hurricane Harvey

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Undoubtedly the ‘news story of the week’ is the tragedy that unfolded in Texas in the wake of ‘Harvey’ – the first major hurricane to hit the USA since 2005 – that dumped more than 1 metre of water over eastern Texas and displaced more than 30,000 people inside 4 days. At the latest count 47 people have sadly lost their lives.

It is, when issues of this magnitude arise, that the depth of the human spirit can be felt most. Take for example this one situation:

- Via WhatsApp a woman from Houston sends a message to her daughter-in-law in London that she is stuck with limited food, in rising water with no help coming from the rescue services

- Her daughter-in-law calls a Chabad House in London

- The… Read More »

Camp Gan Israel: UK's Largest Jewish Youth Network


Once again, summertime in the UK – within the Jewish Community at least – has been enhanced by the presence of Camp Gan Israel in every major locale, including Edgware, Golders Green, Ilford, Leeds, Manchester & Wimbledon in addition to overnight camps in Mid and South Wales. 12 day-camps & 2 overnight camps are currently in full swing.

Under the guidance of more than 50 dedicated and hard-working youth leaders from all over the world and of course local Shluchim some 2,000 children have been enjoying a full schedule of activities, trips, sports, games and crafts – all provided in non-judgemental environment. Hot lunches, drinks and snacks are all included. One of the camps alone has gone through 700… Read More »

Chabad of Radlett on the Move

Provision for the burgeoning Radlett community will be increased with the opening of a new Chabad Lubavitch base on the high street within the next two months.


Rabbi Sendy & Rochel Dubrawsky have been running Lubavitch of Radlett for 10 years already but this upgraded presence in the Hertfordshire suburb — where Jews account for almost a third of the population — will offer coffee and kosher snacks during the day. Visitors will also be able to browse and buy a variety of Judaica and gifts.

It will additionally house youth programmes, including after-school clubs and informal courses, and evening events and educational sessions.

“The new place is intended to be a welcoming space for all Jews, with… Read More »

Words, Wickedness, and Charlottesville

In classic Judaic philosophy, worldly existence is divided into four strata: The inanimate, the growing (vegetative), the living (animal life) and the speaking (human).

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It seems curious that we do not describe the human as “thinker” or “engineer” or by any other quality that humans exclusively possess.

The answer seems to be that the true potential of humanity, for good or evil, lies in the capacity for speech.

The individual human can accomplish but little. All the accomplishments and disasters wrought by humanity are by virtue of communication.

The accomplishment of the first farmer or shepherd lay in inspiring a group of people to work together to create nutrition and raiment in a new way that one… Read More »

Ibiza: Sun, Sea & Challah

Ibiza has long been famous for its pristine Mediterranean waters, stunning beaches, and perhaps - some may say infamous - for its nightlife...

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For the past month, however, it’s seen something new: a Chabad House, co-directed by Rabbi Mendel and Rina Baitz, who recently moved from Ukraine after 5 years of assisting that community.

Just days after the couple arrived, they received a call from Esther, based in California. As she planned to visit the island with a friend, a quick Google search led her to the couple’s brand-new Facebook page, and she “connected instantly with the rabbi and his wife,” whom she describes as “super nice and welcoming.”

“Welcoming” is an apt term… Read More »

Kosher in Copenhagen

Visitors to Copenhagen now have something else to access on their itinerary: Taim Restaurant – the only kosher restaurant in the entire country.

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While the restaurant is barely a month old, Chabad of Copenhagen’s Rabbi Yitzi and Rochel Loewenthal have been working on the concept for a long time. The rabbi, originally from London, stresses the idea of hyggespisenings: the Danish concept of a community social meal.

"The Danes place a real emphasis on food culture - encouraging people to sit and savour their food, spending time enjoying good company and quality ingredients; even including children in the kitchen and the cooking process," he says.

Bo Aronsohn, a car mechanic originally from Sweden… Read More »

Giving the Gift of Sight

Hundreds of Nigerian children now have their first pair of glasses, thanks in part to a rabbinical student, a New York City opticians and Chabad of Nigeria.

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For years, Mendy Sternbach would visit Cohen’s Fashion Optical in Manhattan each Friday to wish employees Shabbat Shalom and put tefillin on with some of the staff.

One week, he mentioned that he was going to Nigeria to help with Jewish programming for an upcoming holiday. “The store manager said that he had a big box of old donated glasses and asked if I had any use for them in Nigeria,” says Sternbach. “Realizing the potential, we discussed some of the practical aspects of glasses, like getting the children checked by an ophthalmologist and how… Read More »

JLI Course: Survival of a Nation

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East forever. Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.


The latest course offered by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War offers a fascinating & captivating insight into what was at the time considered by many to be the most improbable and astonishing victory in military history. Topics include:

Jewish Homeland | If Judaism is a religion of ideas, why do we care so much about land?

Anti-Israel Sentiment | Why does Israel perpetually raise the ire of the entire world?

Pre-emptive Strikes | What are the ethics of pre-emptive strikes and… Read More »

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