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

As Students Grow, So Do Chabad Services

Photo-0048.gifUniversity students heading back to school in the United Kingdom will find their Chabad centers on campus expanding in new directions. Opening a daycare, Hebrew schools and mikvahs, Chabad on Campus UK is serving students as their lives take on the complexities of adulthood and family.

For Avi and Elisheva Machlis, raising three children on a campus without an active Jewish community may have been one of the more challenging aspects of Elisheva’s studies at Cambridge University, where she earned her doctorate in Middle East studies.

So when the university’s Chabad Jewish Society decided to broaden its mission and expand its services to include programming for children and families, the Machlis family was especially… Read More »

Yeshiva Students Learn Through the Summer

yesh2.jpgOver fifteen yeshiva students got together for summer yeshiva in London from after Tisha B'av until the beginning of the month of Elul.

The programme, beginning at 8:00 am and ending at 10:00 pm, was held under the direction of Rabbi Chaim Rapaport. The idea of a summer yeshiva fulfills the directive of the Luabvitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory, to never take a vacation from learning Torah.

Other teachers included Rabbi Leibish Heller from the Lubavitch Yeshiva Gedolah in Kingsley Way, London, and Rabbi Y. D. Klein from Manchester.

There was also a two hour lunch break for recreational activities, when the bochurim played tennis, football and table tennis.

In the words of one of the students: "It would have been very hard to go… Read More »

Lubavitch Day Camps Provide Over 1500 Children with a Fun-packed Summer

c1.jpgSome 1500 children attended Jewish Summer day camps organised by Chabad Lubavitch centres in London, Edgware, Ilford, Wimbledon, Bournemouth, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.

Children from all religious backgrounds enjoyed a huge array of educational and recreational activities organised and run by experienced camp leaders and counsellors from the UK, USA, France, Belgium and Israel.

Rabbi Bentzi Sudak, chief executive of Chabad Lubavitch UK, commented on the growing numbers of children enrolled into camps across the UK, saying: “This is crucial step in insuring another generation of Jewish children who are excited about their Jewishness and Judaism. The numbers this year confirm Chabad Lubavitch as one of the largest providers of… Read More »

Birmingham Celebrates 25 Years of Couple’s Jewish Service

MRIq4637997.jpgWhen Rabbi Fishel and Esther Cohen came to Birmingham, England, in 1984, neither had any idea what the future would hold.

He, a young Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi fresh out of school, had been asked to become the area’s first full-time university chaplain for the Midlands Region, providing religious and pastoral support to Jewish students attending universities in Birmingham, Warwick, Woverhampton, Derby, Coventry, Loughborough, Leicester and Nottingham. She, barely 20 years old, faced her own challenges in building a home and Jewish center far from her family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among the roadblocks was confronting a dearth of kosher facilities; running out of staples such as milk or bread was not an option.

“I was… Read More »

Shtetl Show for Leeds Children

leeds1.jpgLeeds is opening a Jewish educational centre where children can take a walk through time into a 19th century eastern European shtetl.

The Jewish Heritage Centre for Children, due to open in October, is the brainchild of Leeds Lubavitch education director Shoshana Angyalfi and her project co-ordinator Ruth Bell, who gave the Jewish Chronicle a sneak preview of the museum.

Mrs Angyalfi said: "Each house in the shetl shows a different aspect of Jewish life. We have the scribe's house where we learn about the Torah. There is a succah, and a candle store where we learn about the different uses for candles - for Shabbat, for Chanucah, for yahrzeits (memorials).

"In the family home a sewing machine is set up and a Shabbat table - to… Read More »

Lubavitch of Edgware Lays Foundations for a New Mikvah

1.jpgSome 150 people turned out last Sunday morning at Lubavitch of Edgware to a joint celebration making the groundbreaking of centre’s new mikvah and Rabbi Leivi Sudak 50th birthday.

Supporters, friends and rabbis from all over London participated in the symbolic turning over of the soil, the mixing of cement and the laying the first stones of the new building.  Among the honoured guests were Rabbi Nachman Sudak OBE, principal of Chabad Lubavitch UK; Rabbi Shmuel Lew, head of Lubavitch Senior Girls' School and member of the directorate of Lubavitch UK; Dayan Levi Raskin; and Rabbi Yitzchok Sandler, director of Aish in Edgware.

Rabbi Leivi Sudak spoke of his joy at being able to start the building work following the granting… Read More »

Rabbinical Students Impress Jews in Oxfordshire

merkosOxford.jpgTwo student rabbis from the United States - Ahron Blasberg and Yossi Amos – visited Oxfordshire for two weeks to meet unaffiliated Jews living in the area.

The two students came as part of the Merkos Shlichus programme where rabbinical students take a break from their studies to travel to farflung Jewish communities throughout the world.
 
With an influx of five million tourists a year and hordes of summer school students, the rabbinical students had the opportunity to meet people on the busiest street in the centre of Oxford, Cornmarket Street.

Rabbi Ahron said that he has ‘never been in a place where people would just walk up to you, as a Jew, with ease and engage in respectful conversation.’
 
Two… Read More »

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