UK News

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 loave… 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 m… 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 pers… 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, adde… 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 co… 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.

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