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

Lubavitch Library to be Transformed

290410-Lubavitch-Library.jpgThe place is overrun with books, scatterered in wobbly towers across tables and too numerous for the stacks that are meant to contain them. For years, a cramped room in Lubavitch HQ in Stamford Hill has been home to the country's largest Jewish lending library.

Threading my way through the narrowest of passages, I am assured by Faigie Rabin - who for many years has guided borrowers to their sought-after volume: "It's nothing like it was two months ago."

That is because the contents are gradually being transferred from their overcrowded conditions to a bigger and brighter new home which will officially open in the summer. The new library, decked out with light blue shelves and mauve armchairs, is located on the first floor of the… Read More »

Wimbledon Chabad Welcomes Israel's Deaf Football Team

showpic.jpgLast Shabbat, Chabad of South London in Wimbledon welcomed the Israeli Deaf Football Team who were in London on the first leg of their European Deaf Championships qualifier with the British team.

The head of the Israel Deaf Sports Organization, Moshe Ivgi, realised that the 25-strong team would be staying close by to the Chabad House and contacted Rabbi Nissan and Sarah Dubov to find a place for the sportsmen to have a traditional Friday night meal.

“It was an astonishingly moving event,” said Rabbi Dubov.

Enjoying traditional Shabbat food, dancing, singing and words of Torah with the help of a sign-language translator, the Israeli footballers were moved by their experience.

“We play in many places throughout the … Read More »

Stranded Yeshiva Students Study Online

manchester.JPGThe volcanic eruption in Iceland left students from the Lubavitch Yeshiva of Manchester stranded some 10 locations throughout the world. Nonetheless, they found a way to continue their studies online.

The Yeshiva has been able to maintain daily classes throughout the travel disruptions using programmes such as Skype and OOVOO with lectures in Jewish law given by Rabbi Moshe Wolberg and Jewish mysticism by Reb Berel Korf. All students were able to link into the classes even while travelling by air and boat.

The classes are scheduled to continue until all the student have arrived back to Manchester.


With Skies Quiet Over Europe, Jewish Centres in the UK Take in Stranded Passengers

gPZr4043950.jpgAs an Icelandic volcano continued to spew super-heated rock, ash, and fine particulates from deep below the Earth to tens of thousands of feet into the air, Jewish centres across Europe welcomed stranded passengers in need of a meal and a bed.

Rabbi Mendy Loewenthal, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of South Kensington in the central part of the British capital, reported that his synagogue and community centre was bursting at the seams Friday night from an onslaught of Jewish travelers with nowhere to go.



Icelandic Volcano: Wherever you're stranded in the world, Chabad-Lubavitch can help

The erruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull volcano, and the subsequent closure of airspace in European 20 countries, has left hundreds of thousands stranded in cities throughout the world. If you or anyone you know is stranded, Chabad-Lubavitch can help wherever you are. Please email us.

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Tower of London Awards Pupils for Exemplary Behaviour

boyschool2.JPGFollowing a recent excursion to the Tower of London, pupils from Lubavitch Junior Boys' School were awarded a prize for their outstanding behaviour.

As part of their Geography and History curriculum, year 3 pupils visited the Tower of London. After taking special note of their exemplary behaviour,the Yeoman Warders voted the class the best behaved visitors for the month of March, awarding them Her Majesty’s Tower of London Certificate of Merit.

“I am really proud of them receiving this certificate showing their good behaviour,” said Rivka Poolat, class teacher.

At the Tower, the boys had the chance to enjoy learning about British history through exhibitions. Pupils were particular excited to see the landmarks famed… Read More »

European Jewish Retreat Nourishes Mind, Body and Soul

spain.jpgThis year’s European Jewish Retreat will bring Jewish families from across the continent to the south of Spain to enjoy supreme comfort in one of Europe's most prestigious holiday spots while immersed in a weekend of Torah with renowned lecturers and entertainers.

The weekend (28-31 May), organised by the European Jewish Study Network (EJSN), aims to invigorate participants with speakers from across the globe who will question, stimulate and inspire them to the significance of being Jewish. The programme is designed to nourish the mind, body and soul with a fusion the past and present to define the value our heritage for a better future.

The line up of exceptional speakers include Rabbi Yona Metzger and Rabbi Berel Lazar, chief Rabb… Read More »

London and Leeds Premiere Worldwide Holocaust Educational Initiative

jli2.jpgBeginning in May in locations throughout London and Leeds, a new six-part JLI course, Beyond Never Again, takes a fresh look at the Holocaust and examines how we should respond to it.

Created by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), the world’s largest network of adult education, Beyond Never Again has won support from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, and more than 100 centres and institutes devoted to studying the Holocaust around the world.

Envisioned as a journey into the intense realm of meaning, Beyond Never Again examines the universal themes that the Holocaust forces us to confront, such as the nature of good and evil, and how empathy and conscience may be nurtured. The course is formulated as a se… Read More »

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