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Chabad-Lubavitch in the Media

Stories and reports that have appeared in the media during the past two weeks

A look at what other news outlets have to say about Chabad-Lubavitch’s global reach.

Security Cameras At Chabad Center Helped Track Shooter After Parkland School Attack
YWN,Monday, February 19, 2018
As the nation’s attention was riveted on reports of the shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school, Rabbi Hershy Bronstein read a report from the local sheriff’s office that a suspect had been arrested at a McDonald’s restaurant just across the street from the Chai Chabad Center in Coral Springs, Fla. Bronstein said his heart “skipped a beat” because of how close the shooter had been to the educational facility he directs. He also thought it was likely that he had evidence that could help police…
      Chabad of NW Coral Springs–Coral Springs, FL
Video Shows Nikolas Cruz Walking To Mcdonald’s After Killing 17
WFLA,Monday, February 19, 2018
New surveillance video shows Nikolas Cruz walking to McDonald’s after killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday. The video was taken from the building next to the fast food restaurant – The Chai Center Chabad…
      Chabad of NW Coral Springs–Coral Springs, FL
KU Dining Services, KU Chabad Team Up To Open University’s First Kosher Kitchen
Lawrence Journal World - KS,Monday, February 19, 2018
...The kitchen operates under the supervision of Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel of KU Chabad to serve kosher food, meaning it has been produced or prepared according to Jewish dietary laws. “The Jewish community at KU is vibrant and is growing, and there was always a need for some Kosher food,” Tiechtel said in the news release. “We’re so thankful to the incredible people at KU Dining who are partnering with us to provide this incredible service for so many Jayhawks who now have an opportunity to come and get a delicious dinner.”…
      Chabad Center for Jewish Life Serving KU & The Northeast Kansas Communities–Lawrence, KS
Jewish UT Students Host Traditional Shabbat Dinner For Hundreds
Daily Texan - University of Texas, Austin,Monday, February 19, 2018
...“Here, we feel like a strong community,” Hillel Rabbi Moshe Trepp said. “We come together. If you celebrate at Chabad there might be 150 people, and if you go the Hillel there might be 150 people, but when you are surrounded by 500 people you feel like a stronger community. You’re not just a part of a group within another a group, rather you see yourself as a part of a group in its entirety.”…
      The Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center @ the University of Texas –Austin, TX
Darkness and Light in Florida
Jewish Press,Monday, February 19, 2018
...At Alyssa’s funeral, a few of her friends spoke in addition to her family and I was so impressed by how the message was not one of anger, bitterness or politics, but a call for honoring her memory by being kind, optimistic, good and caring to others. Rabbi Biston quoted the Rebbe who taught, when we are struck by extreme darkness, our mission is to respond with extreme light…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
‘I Saw Kids Running and Screaming’: Parkland Rabbi Confronts Horror Scene
Jewish Journal - CA,Sunday, February 18, 2018
...The rabbi’s voice seemed to quiver as he continued to describe the harrowing scene. “Being that I know so many of the students, so many of the parents, they were running over to me. I was trying to call parents, and parents were finding me. I was trying to get ahold of the kids and reunite them with their parents, and get a grip on what was going on. I was speaking to kids who were just absolutely shocked. There was absolute chaos at the moment.”…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Heartbroken Town Feels Like ‘One Big Shiva House’ On Shabbat After Shootings
Forward,Sunday, February 18, 2018
…Chabad has also played an important role in helping families cope with the tragedy. It negotiated with Broward County officials to ensure that the bodies of the victims would be released from the county coroner’s office as soon as possible, in keeping with Jewish law that requires us to bury as quickly as possible, ideally within a day. It was one the organizers of the vigil attended by thousands, in conjunction with the city of Parkland, and was inclusive of other religious leaders and officials. Chabad is trying to help people hold onto hope, and not succumb to the end of Parkland as we know it, Rabbi Mendy Gutnick said…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Moshe's Grandparents Haven't Slept Peacefully Since 26/11, Still Ask Why Their Son was Killed
CNN-News18 - India,Saturday, February 17, 2018
...Speaking exclusively to CNN-News18, Nachman said, “There isn’t a minute which goes without remembering them. For any parent, even a minor illness of a child is difficult. Every morning, every evening, we haven’t seen them for nine years now.” What was their fault? They left behind a life full of pleasures, family and friends, to go out and help people. Why do they want to kill good people?” asked a perturbed Nachman…
      Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai–Mumbai, Maharashtra India
‘Attack On Judaism’: Scandinavian Jewish Leaders Protest Iceland’S Proposed Circumcision Ban
RT,Friday, February 16, 2018
...The debate comes as Chabad, a prominent Jewish Orthodox organization, is set to send a rabbi to Reykjavic, the “last European capital” without one. “We hope to bring this awareness to local Icelandic people and especially to lawmakers in their decision on rules, which we hope will have a religious exemption clause,” Rabbi Avi Feldman said.
      Chabad of Iceland–Reykjavik, Iceland
Large Indoor Playground At Chabad Of Port Washington Recreates The City Of Jerusalem
Newsday - Long Island, NY,Friday, February 16, 2018
Take the little ones to Israel without getting on a plane — the city of Jerusalem has been recreated in an indoor playground at Chabad of Port Washington with a climb-on, seated camel, a replica of the Mahane Yehuda Market, also known as The Shuk, and a live feed in real time from a webcam at the famed Western Wall. The marketplace features a hands-on falafel and shawarma stand with felt pitas and a fake vertical spit…
      Chabad of Port Washington–Port Washington, NY
Ex-NJ Teen Alyssa Alhadeff 'Gave Her Best' In Everything She Did
Ridgewood, NJ Patch,Friday, February 16, 2018
...Rabbi Shuey Biston of Chabad Parkland told The Forward that Alhadeff "was one of those children who always had a smile on her face, just full of love."…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Kids Mega Babka-Llah Bake Braids Together Fun And Tradition
Heritage - Florida Jewish News,Friday, February 16, 2018
Jewish children from across Orlando are joining together with the task of mixing, kneading and making blessings at Orlando’s first-ever Mega Babka-llah Bake on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., at the Chabad of Greater Orlando, lcated at 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland. Organized by Chabad of Greater Orlando, participants will learn how to mix, knead and shape their own traditional challah and twist together delicious chocolate babka, a traditional Eastern-European Jewish sweet cake…
      Chabad of Greater Orlando–Maitland, FL
‘Gut-Wrenching’ School Shooting Strikes Deep In The Heart Of Jewish Florida
Forward,Friday, February 16, 2018
...Survivors are still working to come to grips with what happened. “Obviously, these teens are still in shock,” Chabad of Parkland’s youth director, Rabbi Mendy Gutnick, told Chabad.org. “There is one girl we know who was standing between two friends who were shot dead. How can she not be scarred by something like that?”...
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
First Funerals Held For Victims Of Florida School Shooting
CBS NewYork/AP,Friday, February 16, 2018
...At the first funeral for a victim of the Florida high school shooting, mourners packed the Star of David chapel on Friday to remember 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff… She grew up for a time in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and attended summer camp at Valley Chabad, which is run by Estie Orenstein…
      Valley Chabad–Woodcliff Lake, NJ
'We're In This Together': Community Reels After High School Shooting
Sun Sentinel/Jewish Journal,Friday, February 16, 2018
...Rabbi Shuey Biston, outreach and program director for Chabad of Parkland, officiated Alhadeff's funeral and described the mood as utter shock. "Everyone's in a state of shock. Everyone's reeling. Yes Alyssa was killed, but there are 15 other kids in that classroom that watched the bullets being sprayed and missing them and they are just grief-stricken. Her best friends were there. Seven kids in that class were in my Hebrew school class at the Chabad of Parkland. Our families have just been taken to the core." Biston describes Alhadeff as someone who was "full of life."…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Young Tucson Girl Finding Fascination In Holocaust Survivor, Victim
Tucson News Now - AZ,Friday, February 16, 2018
…The Grijalva's will excitedly be there, when Schloss shares the story of her and her step-sister. "What fascinates them about Anne Frank is that it was someone their age who shares their thoughts, their struggles, their wishes, their dreams," Rabbi Ceitlin said. "To learn about such a horrible event in history through her eyes is something that's easier for consumption but also very relatable to them."…
      Chabad Lubavitch of Tucson–Tucson, AZ
Chabad House To Hold Memorial Service, Talk On School Violence Today
Palm Beach Daily News - FL,Friday, February 16, 2018
The Chabad House will host memorial services this morning to remember the victims of the mass shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The services, which begin at 10 a.m., will be followed by a lunch and Rabbi Yossi Hodakov’s talk about violence in schools. Chabad House Rabbi Zalman Levitin said the talk will focus on introducing moral principles into schools and the need for a moment of silence at the beginning of the school day…
      Chabad of N Palm Beach Island–Palm Beach, FL
Alyssa Alhadeff: Funeral And Burial Held For Parkland School Shooting Victim
Sun Sentinel - FL,Friday, February 16, 2018
...“Honor her legacy with positive actions and be her voice,” Rabbi Shuey Biston, of the Chabad of Parkland, told the crowd…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Rabbi Urges Friends Of Florida Shooting Victim To ‘Honor Her Legacy’
JTA,Friday, February 16, 2018
Mourners packed a Jewish memorial chapel in North Lauderdale, Florida for the funeral Friday of Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 students and staff killed in Wednesday’s school shooting in nearby Parkland. “Honor her legacy with positive actions and be her voice,” Rabbi Shuey Biston of the Chabad of Parkland told over 400 mourners who came to remember the 14-year-old, according to the Sun-Sentinel…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Chabad’s Gone to Iceland
Jewish Chronicle - UK,Friday, February 16, 2018
...Rabbi Feldman and his Swedish wife, Mushky, previously visited Iceland in December to organise a Chanukah celebration. They hope to introduce a synagogue, cheder and mikvah to Reykjavik. Rabbi Feldman described his appointment as “a challenge”, but emphasised the “tremendous opportunity to set up a living breathing community. We want to focus on the Jewish needs of everyone who lives, works or travels to Iceland”…
      Chabad of Iceland–Reykjavik, Iceland
U.S. Jewish Groups Express Grief, Frustration Following Deadly School Shooting
Jerusalem Post/JTA,Thursday, February 15, 2018
...Parkland Chabad Rabbi Shuey Biston said that the town is still reeling from the shock and trauma of the incident. “This is a small community, where nearly half of the population is Jewish, so everyone has been touched by what has happened,” Biston told Chabad.org. “The phones at Chabad have been ringing off the wall as people come for emotional, spiritual, and material support.”…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Florida HS Shooting Leaves 6 Jews Dead; Community in Deep Mourning
Jewish Voice - NY,Thursday, February 15, 2018
...Several of those killed were participants at the Chabad centers in Parkland or nearby Coral Springs. “This is a small community, where nearly half of the population is Jewish, so everyone has been touched by what has happened,” said Rabbi Shuey Biston, director of the Chabad of Parkland, FL. “The phones at Chabad have been ringing off the wall as people come for emotional, spiritual, and material support,” he continued. Also a noteworthy percentage of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are Jewish…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Bringing More Kosher Options To Rochester
KIMT 3 - Rochester, MN,Thursday, February 15, 2018
…Chabad has two programs to meet this need. Between the two programs, the center serves as a resource that provides Kosher meals, Kosher supervision for different food facilities, and Kosher hospitality assistance, where they do their best to provide Kosher food at a lower cost. Rabbi Shloime said being a Kosher resource for people living in and visiting Rochester helps bring community. "Everybody knows if you want to meet someone, if you want to become more social with somebody, breaking bread with them," he said. "Come to my house to have a dinner...Something that gives me great pride is people that are searching for this specific type of food, being able to say we're here for you…
      Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester–Rochester, MN
Religious Leaders Try To Make Sense Of Stoneman Douglas School Shooting
Sun Sentinel - FL,Thursday, February 15, 2018
Rabbi Mendy Gutnick of the Chabad of Parkland raced from hospitals to hotels after the Florida school shooting on Wednesday, comforting families who felt grief, shock and confusion. For seven hours on Thursday night, he was there consoling the parents of student Alyssa Alhadeff, one of 17 victims killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Gutnick was standing in the Coral Springs Marriott when a homicide detective told Alhadeff’s parents the news. He hasn’t slept since, and won’t, until he has planned funerals for the Parkland school shooting’s five Jewish victims…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Parkland Rabbis Stand With Community Through Shooting Tragedy
Hamodia,Thursday, February 15, 2018
...“Kids began pouring out of the school campus, crying and screaming, and in fact between 200-300 of the Jewish students there have had their bar or bat mitzvah at Chabad, so when the kids saw me and my brother-in-law, Rabbi Mendy Gutnick, the educational director at our center, they came running to us, hugging and crying in face of the horror, as frantic parents began arriving in search of their children amid the mass chaos.”…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
‘Sweet Girl’ Alyssa Alhadeff Slain In Florida School Rampage
Forward,Thursday, February 15, 2018
...“She was one of those children who always had a smile on her face, just full of love,” said Rabbi Shuey Biston, who leads Chabad of Parkland. Biston presided over a havdalah ceremony — traditionally held at the close of the Sabbath — that was part of Alhadeff’s bat mitzvah process. He said she also had a bat mitzvah ceremony on Masada, in Israel...
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
The Jewish Sheriff Leading The Response To The Florida School Shooting Quotes The Talmud
JTA,Thursday, February 15, 2018
...Israel told the Sun-Sentinel that he attends the Parkland Chabad, and he is comfortable in churches as well as synagogues…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Parkland Rabbis: ‘The Tragedy Is Still Unfolding in Our Community’
YWN,Thursday, February 15, 2018
...“There are no words to say at a time like this,” says Gutnick, who spent the night praying with families who were awaiting word on the fate of their children. “All you can do is hug, cry, and hold each other close.” At the same time, the rabbi says he has been telling people that it is imperative to channel their shock and grief into positive action. “We each need to carve out a little bit of brightness in the darkness that has engulfed our world,” says Gutnick…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
Family Of Shooting Victims, Clergy Gather Outside Broward Medical Examiner's Office
Sun Sentinel - FL,Thursday, February 15, 2018
...Rabbi Avraham Friedman, of Chabad of Coral Springs, comforted and assisted grieving relatives, and gave special dispensation for autopsies, which ordinarily are prohibited in the Jewish faith. He said five victims were Jewish, and four were affiliated with Chabad of Coral Springs and Chabad of Parkland…
      Chabad of Parkland - Regional HQ for North Broward & South Palm Beach–Parkland, FL
      Chabad of Coral Springs–Coral Springs, FL
Documentary Film Puts V.I. Synagogue in International Spotlight
S. Thomas Source,Wednesday, February 14, 2018
...Asher Federman, the Chabad Rabbi on St. Thomas, called the film “candid and compelling, informative and inspirational.”…
      Chabad Lubavitch of the Virgin Islands–St. Thomas, VI
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