UK News

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

JLI: Rohr Jewish Learning Institute

In June, Chabad Lubavitch UK marked the fiftieth anniversary of the fateful week that redrew the map of the Middle East forever. Half a century later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats. The summer course offered by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War offered 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 covered the ideas of Jewish homeland, anti-Israel sentiment, ethics of war, capturing territories, and peace-making.

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As with all JLI programmes, this course was designed to appeal to people at all levels of kno… Read More »

UK Launch of CTeen

CTeen is a global family of Jewish teens, dedicated to changing the world through acts of goodness and kindness. Through a fusion of fun, friendship building events, humanitarian outreach, mitzvah observance, and engaging Torah study, teens are empowered to actualize their inner infinite potential, while cultivating a strong sense of Jewish identity, pride and mission.

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Launched in the UK this year, CTeen programmes and youth groups are now accessible in 26 countries around the world in hundreds of locations. CTeen delivers a comprehensive curriculum based on a three-part framework: Educational, placing education at the forefront, ensuring every programme is designed to enhance the development of important life skills; Humanitarian… Read More »

Chanukah throughout the UK

Thanks to many individual sponsors and our wonderful corporate friends we held, for the first time, a Chanukah lighting in the heart of the City at New Street Square in addition to celebrations at various offices throughout London.

Thank you to all at Charles Russell Speechlys, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Grant Thornton, Linklaters, London & Regional Properties, Mishcon de Reya, PricewaterhouseCoopers, TaylorWessing, and Weil for either sponsoring or hosting an event.

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Aside from the London lightings, Chabad Lubavitch UK were also proud to hold more than 60 public Chanukah lightings throughout the country from Edinburgh (with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon) to Bournemouth and from Cardiff to Solihull &nd… Read More »

Chanukah in the Square

Continuing with our theme of squares… we were privileged to present alongside the Mayor of London, Jewish Leadership Council, Jewish News, the London Jewish Forum & CST the Chanukah event to top all others - Chanukah in the Square – with more than 1,000 people of all ages coming together to celebrate.

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The crowd were treated to free doughnuts and a performance by the Maccabeats before joining in with the Chanukah songs ahead of the lights being switched on. This was the tenth year that the Menorah has been installed in Central London. It is one of the largest in the world, and shines brightly for the 8 day duration of Chanukah, reminding the city of the miracle of the Festival of Light and the religi… Read More »

Sukkah in the Square

This year, the Sukkah in the Square was as successful as ever. In partnership with Deloitte, Weil, TaylorWessing, Linklaters, Mishcon De Reya, The PR Office, Charles Russell Speechlys, and Hogan Lovells, Chabad Lubavitch UK were proud to build the Sukkah in the Square, (located in New Street Square EC4), for the seventh year in a row.

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On the Monday of Chol Hamoed, a lunch sponsored by Deloitte & Weil was held for over 400 city workers and on Tuesday, thanks to an anonymous sponsor, a Sushi Lunch was offered to a similar number.

Guest of Honour was Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis who said that such a publicly located Sukkah is “a wonderful celebration of the mitzvah… allowing people to show pride in our f… Read More »

Chabad Seeks to Reclaim the Lost Art of Human Connection

How are our almost constant interactions with devices affecting our relationships?

This question is what drove  Chabad Lubavitch UK to offer Communication: Its Art and Soul in 14 locations around the UK. Beginning January 2018, they will present the first lesson of this new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI).

 “Jewish wisdom includes many powerful and original insights into the art of communication that are more relevant today than ever,” explained Rabbi Bentzi Sudak of Chabad “The goal of this course is to mine these texts and seek out their golden teachings. I believe this can help us reclaim the lost art of deep human connection in spite of our devices… Read More »


 Live Broadcast: Conference Banquet of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries




Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 22:45 UK TIME



Quick Mitzvah to Unite Communities

A quick mitzvah to bring communities together.

Today I have a small but important favour to ask. In July Chabad Islington wants to hold The Big Jewish Summer Fete 2018 on Highbury Fields, which is a festival that brings the Jewish and non-Jewish community together in a celebration of Jewish culture (you can see last year’s here.)

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The Big Summer Fete has been given the chance to win £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund to make it happen. It only takes two minutes to register and vote by clicking here. Please give all 10 of your votes to 'Islington Together - The Big Jewish Summer Fete'.

If you have an extra 30 seconds, please also share it on social media, you could say:

“A really easy good deed,… Read More »

New centre opens in Radlett

High street location will enhance work of the organisation

Lubavitch’s high street premises in Radlett opened with a display of inter-denominational unity.

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Located prominently in the former Post Office building, the centre offers visitors hot drink and kosher snack options to eat in or take away. They can also browse or buy Judaica and gifts.

The premises will additionally be used for after-school clubs and informal courses and discussion groups for children and teenagers.

Rabbi Sendy Dubrawsky, who heads the centre, thanked the many people who had helped to make it a reality and said it would “enhance the community of Radlett and beyond”.

Radlett United officer Dr David Glover wished Rabbi Dubrawsky and … Read More »

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 5… 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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