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

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 »

Ofsted Report: Girls' Primary School retains 'Good' status

The Chabad Lubavitch junior girls’ school in Stamford Hill has maintained its status as a ‘good school’ after a fresh inspection from Ofsted.

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Esther Kesselman, acting headteacher for the past nine months at the state-aided Lubavitch Ruth Lunzer Primary School, was told she had provided “effective leadership”.

“You have identified and tackled weaker teacher and supported teachers to improve their practice,” Ofsted said. “Consequently, school assessment information indicates that pupils are making faster progress.”

The school first earned a good rating from inspectors in 2013.

“Staff are positive role models to pupils and demonstrate the values of tolerance and respect… Read More »

Kosher Jerk Chicken

Wherever you’re going and whatever you’re doing this summer you’ll never be far from a Chabad Lubavitch centre.

Even in Montego Bay where Jamaica now has its first kosher restaurant!


Kosher Hot Spot, run by Chabad of Jamaica, will serve the island nation’s famous jerk cooking as well as more traditional fare such as falafel.

The eatery, which opened last month, is located on Montego Bay’s ‘hip strip’ home to dozens of restaurants and shops.

The restaurant also sells a wide variety of Judaica and Jewish Jamaican souvenirs.

“We will feed your body and soul,” says Rabbi Yaakov Raskin, co-director of Chabad of Jamaica.

Click Here for our global directory to find any one of… Read More »

JLI: Biggest Jewish Education Initiative Ever Seen

The mission of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute - JLI - is to make Jewish learning accessible and personally meaningful to every Jew, regardless of background or affiliation.


With 156,000 people having taken part in a JLI course in more than 1,100 communities across the world, JLI is undoubtedly the world's largest Jewish education network. Courses are taught in English, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French & Braille.

This week saw the UK Training Conference take place in London where 25 educators came together to discover the latest range of innovative resources as the project is further expanded across the country.

Sessions were led by Rabbi Efraim Mintz, Executive Director of JLI who flew in from the US… Read More »

CTeen: Leeds Girls Learning to Lead

Under the direction of Rabbi Mendy and Bunie Chazan, the Leeds Chapter of CTeenUK this week saw the Dare2Care programme swing into action.


Inspired by the theme of ‘Leadership’ the girls took part in an action-packed programme which included meeting with the emergency services to whom they gave cookies; local Cllr Dan Cohen and director of Leeds UJIA – Alexa Harris. They also found out all about ‘life on campus’ from the Leeds Students’ Shaliach Mrs Chana Sorah Danow who, together with her husband Rabbi Michoel, has just marked 10 years of service to the Leeds student community. They also visited with elderly members of the community who reside at Donisthorpe Hall.

It is envisaged that through… Read More »

Tel Torah: a World of Learning at Your Fingertips

For people in a hurry, without a moment to spare (sounds like many of us…) it is always a good thing when Torah classes are made available in innovative ways.

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‘Tel-Torah’ – a project of Chabad Lubavitch Edgware – has made the treasures of Torah, Chassidus and Daf Yomi more accessible than ever before. The key to these treasures is in your hands, with the buttons of any telephone. Simply dial the number and a world of knowledge is open to you, at the cost of a local call.

Available in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and French with countless topics to choose from in addition to a daily Daf Yomi shiur.

The subject matter includes a variety from Mishna to Gemara; Chassidic insights to heart-warming… Read More »

Jewish Women’s Leadership Network Conference UK

The Jewish Women’s Leadership Network conference, Kinus Hashluchot UK, largely funded by the National Lottery, took place last week in a stunning spa hotel deep in the tranquil Oxfordshire countryside.

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With the theme of ‘Teach | Touch | Transform’ some 70 attendees came together from Chabad Lubavitch UK and other communities, from all over the British Isles for 2 days of inspirational educational workshops, CPD and lectures. Not forgetting time for pampering, relaxation, socialising and vital recharging of the batteries.

Sessions ran the gamut from counselling skills to Montessori education; Chassidic thought to paediatric first aid; as well as being treated to fruit carving & chocolate making… Read More »

Beis Gavriel Community Gets New Building

Beis Gavriel shul in Hendon was founded by the local Lubavitch community in 2008 in memory of Rabbi Gavriel & Rivka Holtzberg HY”D who were taken by the tragic attack on Chabad of Mumbai.

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The name and ethos of the shul is intended to be a constant reminder of the kind of people the Holtzbergs were; to provide positive inspiration to all. In just 9 years, Beis Gavriel has developed into a warm and diverse community of all ages and backgrounds. Under the attentive and dynamic leadership of Rabbi Menachem Junik, members and visitors are encouraged to play active roles. From shiurim to events, the spirit of unity permeates this exceptional community.

Thanks to assistance and investment of the Federation of Synagogues, as… Read More »

Shlucha Steps in to Help Child With Autism

A comforting and positive encounter on a recent flight from Europe to the United States has gone viral.

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On a flight, back from Israel after chaperoning a Mayanot Taglit-Birthright trip, Chabad Lubavitch Shlucha Rochel Groner found herself in a unique position to help a fellow passenger. An hour into an eight-hour connecting flight from Europe—and after a three-hour delay before take-off—a young boy with autism had a meltdown.

“You could hear his cries throughout the plane,” wrote Rabbi Bentzi Groner, who along with his wife, Rochel, co-directs the Charlotte, North Carolina chapter of Friendship Circle and ZABS Place, an upscale charity shop and employment-training… Read More »

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