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Rick Perry Dances With Campus Rabbis

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 10:44 am
Posted by Chabad on Campus

It's been the hit of the blogosphere of late, featured everywhere from Huffpo to CNN and making a cameo appearance on The Colbert Report - but it's only fair we warn you that the virality of this clip could only be due to the fabulous dance performances of our very own Campus Rabbis, Rabbi Zev Johnson of the Jewish Longhorns at University of Texas; and Rabbi Yossi Lazaroff of the Jewish Aggies at Texas A&M, also of extraordinary Bracha-saying and Candle-Lighting skills.

It's not often that Aggies and Longhorns come together, but it's looking pretty good...

To find your own Champion Chassidic dancers and Viral Video Stars, use our directory to locate a Chabad Student Center near you.... ( Read More » )

Pratt's Rabbi Simcha Among NYC's Hippest Rabbis

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 10:30 am
Posted by Chabad on Campus

Simchaatcomiccon220x270.jpgIn a city packed with Jews of all shapes, sizes and varying levels of cynicism, New York's preparations for the High Holidays are unlike that of any other place in the world. So it's only appropriate that this week's online MetroFocus features NYC's Hippest Rabbis - "Too Cool for Shul". Never one to miss out at Chabad on Campus, our best and brightest make the cut, with the one and only "Comic Book Rabbi" Simcha Weinstein of the Rohr Jewish Center at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Read the full excerpt after the jump.

The Comic Book Rabbi

Moses meets Marvel at a converted art gallery deep in Brooklyn’s hipster territory.

In the beginning: Born in Manchester, England, Rabbi Simcha Weinstein... ( Read More » )

So You Want To Attend Services at Chabad This Year on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 9:06 am
Posted by Rabbi Eliezer Sneiderman

"Hey, I notice that Chabad Houses are generally don’t charge for services. I was thinking of attending, what can I expect?"

For someone that has never attended an Orthodox service, things might appear a bit strange at first. The first thing you will notice is….. Ok, you expect me to say a Mechitzah, the separation between men and women. That is actually the second thing I noticed. The first thing, was an entirely different sense of decorum. When I was growing up, services were serious business. There was this feeling, I don’t know, it could have been me, but, there was this feeling that people were watching me. I used to look around at everyone else to see when I could sit down after the Amidah. If you took... ( Read More » )

Rosh Hashanah 2011: Why Apples, Why Honey?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 6:31 pm
Posted by Rabbi Eliezer Sneiderman

My children asked me this year why we traditionally eat apples and honey before Rosh Hashanah. On a simple level it is to have a sweet new year. On a deeper level it is to remind us of the Jewish mission.

bumblebee.jpgThe bee is not a kosher animal, it is a bug, and an often ornery one at that. Yet, from this animal comes forth something so sweet and perfect that it will never decay. Life is not always easy. There are bumps along the way for a variety of reasons. Know that if we stick together and help one another out, like the bees, we can take the worst situations and make them sweet.

Apples, according to the Zohar, possess the scent of Gan Eden. While we take the worst... ( Read More » )

Jewish College Students in Kansas Find a Home Away from Home

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 12:30 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

"For some students, finding a niche in a religious community can be quite the challenge."

So begins a recent article by The Kansan, describing the various off-campus religious organizations at KU who "make themselves known by instigating a strong presence at the University of Kansas" - among them the fabulous Chabad Center for Jewish Life, directed by the wonderful Rabbi Zalman and Nechama Tiechtel.

Stressing the importance of college students finding a home away from home, the Chabad Center for Jewish Life hopes to be exactly that for the University’s Jewish community.

“From emotional support to physical and spiritual needs, we are a religious organization in the sense that we provide resources for... ( Read More » )

Lord Levy Urges More Jewish Pride for Anglo Jewry at Oxford Chabad

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 7:01 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

By Rabbi Eli Brackman, Oxford Chabad.

OxfordChabad.jpgLord Michael Levy, former Prime Minister Tony Blair's special envoy to the Middle East, addressed 200 people at an Oxford Chabad Society alumni event in conjunction with Chabad on Campus UK in June at Bevis Marks synagogue on the subject of Jewish pride.

His message to the Jewish students and community was that as he was able to balance his Jewish identity and observance without compromise with the high profile life as personal envoy of the Prime Minister of the UK, others may be inspired to also.

He revealed how he used to spend Shabbat numerous times at the private suite in Downing Street with Tony Blair and Lady Levy’s home baked Kosher Shabbat cooking was always a favourite to the... ( Read More » )

Chabad Student Network Opens With BBQ in Ottowa

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 1:08 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

Up north in Ottowa, the Rohr Chabad Student Network staged their first event of the school year on Thursday, September 8, with a massive barbecue featuring live music and of course, veggie options.

Free food, awesome entertainment, live music and of course, introducing the important people who make Chabad's student events happen at the University of Ottowa - watch how it all went down:

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Lining Up Round The Block At Princeton

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 6:49 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

This past weekend's legendary Lawn Party at Princeton wasn't just a chance to check out every eating club in the vicinity and party with the Princetonians. Turns out it also inspired a run on kosher hot dogs throughout the campus, as lines stretched around the block towards the Scharf Family Chabad House, where students rushed to fill their bellies with the famous Chabad and JOTS Lawnparties Barbecue.


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New Home for the Jews in NYC's Concrete Jungle

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 6:41 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

One of the largest Jewish student centers in the country, Chabad servicing New York University are legendary among Jewish students for their incredible events and gigantic parties celebrating Judaism, New-York style. In the city that never sleeps, where it's not hard for students to feel lost and alone, this place is a real home away from home.

Which is why a new project to create a Home for Jews in the center of the Concrete Jungle has everyone talking.

Make your mark.

For more info, head to http://www.signthebowery.com/... ( Read More » )

Tefillah at Tufts

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 6:30 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

The High Holidays are less than a week away, and if your kippah is still packed away and you haven't yet made us of our fabulous directory, make sure you check it out to find a free High Holiday service on a campus near you.

Except if you go to Tufts, that is. Because today we're talking about the Jewish Jumbos at Tufts' Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center, who are inviting one and all to celebrate the Jewish New Year on Rosh Hashanah on campus.

Rabbi Tzvi Backman, who runs the Chabad House with his wife Chani, spoke to The Tufts Daily this week, discussing the house's capacity as a place where students can satisfy their curiousity about Judaism:

"The purpose of the house is to create a space and environment in which Jews feel... ( Read More » )

Chabad at Yale Kick Off Renovations with Groundbreaking Ceremony

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 5:48 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

The leaves are turning orange, Shofars are being blown, and all over the country freshmen are starting to learn not to ask directions for their next class. At Chabad Houses all over America, we're moving on from Orientation, gearing up for the High Holidays, and still, well, getting stuff done. This weekend was no exception.


This past Sunday, Chabad at Yale held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick the renovation of a stunning new building, purchased to service the hundreds of students who intend to join Chabad for Friday night meals every week.

As of Sunday, the organization will be known as the Bender Chabad House at Yale in honor of an $1.8 million gift from Norman Bender ’67, given in memory of his parents. Bender, the... ( Read More » )

A Weekly Word: 18th "Chai" Elul

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 5:05 pm
Posted by Rabbi Yossy Gordon

Tonight and tomorrow marks the 18th of Elul. 18 = Chai - Life.

Great events occurred on this day that profoundly impact us today. The famous Maharal of Prague, creator of the golem of Prague, passed away on Chai Elul in the year 1609. The holy Baal Shem Tov was born on Chai Elul in 1698 and started to openly teach his new path we know of as Chassidus on Chai Elul in the year 1734. Ten years earlier, in 1724, he began studying the secrets of the Torah with his master the Achiya HaShiloini. The founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, often referred to as the Alter Rebbe, was born on Chai Elul in the year 1745. Today, we who are alive, are going to have the best Chai Elul ever, not to mention today, the 17th of Elul too!... ( Read More » )

Matisyahu hangs with the Jews at PSU

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 1:51 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

It was wet, it was muddy, it was awesome.

Last week's fourth annual Jewish Life festival at PSU was far from washed up, with rain and gloomy weather failing to stop over 1000 spectators from joining in the Chassidic reggae music at Penn State University, with students turning the muddy hill nearby into - what else - a slip'n'slide.


There's only one place to hang out if you're a Jew at PSU....

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Jewish students commemorate 9-11 on Campuses with Chabad

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 1:11 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

Sunday, September 11, 2011 was a somber day around the country, as hundreds of thousands of people paid tribute to the victims of one of the most devastating acts of terrorism to strike humanity. On college campuses around the country, Jewish students joined together with campus-led activities, including those hosted by Chabad Jewish student centers at various universities.

At the University of Delaware,the University Religious Leaders Organization sponsored a vigil on The Green, including representation from Chabad Jewish Center leader Rabbi Eliezer Sneiderman.

In noting that he was asked to begin the same type of service a decade earlier, as the UD campus community gathered on the very night of the attacks, Rabbi Eliezer Sneiderman of... ( Read More » )

Ten Years Later...

Friday, September 9, 2011 - 2:51 pm
Posted by Rabbi Yossy Gordon

Sholom Aleichem. The world is observing the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on America. The Hebrew date was 23 Elul which corresponds to Thursday, September 22, this year. I thought long and hard about what to write in honor of this anniversary. I decided to share what I wrote shortly after 9-11 with you again today in memory of the victims and in honor of the survivors and their families. Here it is from ten years ago:

911.jpg Over a week has passed since the attacks on America. I cannot stop thinking about the thousands missing and their final moments before the world came crashing down upon them. Somehow, I feel strange sitting here at my desk on this Friday morning. What should I do? I am not in a position to get involved... ( Read More » )

Buckets of Chicken Soup, Mounds of Hot Dogs: This Shabbat at Chabad

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 1:21 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

This Shabbat, campuses all over the world welcome new additions to their student families with a fresh steaming bowl of chicken soup. Freshmen and new students, it’s not just about Shabbat: Kosher hot dog manufacturers are finding themselves in a shortage with the number of orientation barbecues scheduled around the world this week. Find your local Chabad and make sure you don’t miss their welcome events, including some amazing themed Shabbats:

Tonight, the Rohr Chabad Student Network in Ottowa, Canada will host their opening bbq at 6.30pm. Tomorrow, Shabbat dinners for the year will set a precedent with University of Ottowa’s Kick-Off Shabbat dinner promising to be huge.

At Arizona State University, join Rabbi Shmuel... ( Read More » )

Kicking off at Chabad

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:31 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

The school year’s kicked off and all over North America, students are packing their bags, farewelling their families and heading back to college. Freshmen are learning the true meaning of living away from home (clue: laundry goes inside the machine) and seniors are perfecting that swagger as they head back to campus for the last time.

At Chabad student centers all over the country, we’re in a frenzy to start off the school year with a bang, welcoming students to barbecues, Shabbat dinners, High Holiday services and every Jewish social and cultural event imaginable.


In Portland, there’ll be sushi and study at lunchtimes, while at the University of Toronto all will be welcomed back with a dessert night next week... ( Read More » )

Matisyahu to join in celebrating Jewish life at Penn State

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 1:35 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

If you boast the fifth-largest Jewish college student population at a public school, it’s only right to celebrate Jewish life in the most epic way. This Thursday at Pennsylvania State University, PSU Chabad will host the 4th annual Jewish Life Festival from 4.00 – 8.00 pm on the main lawn.

They know because they’ve done it before: Check out this clip from last year’s festival, featuring famed Hasidic reggae artist Matisyahu:

He’s coming back for a repeat performance, and with it you can expect all things that celebrate Jewish life: Hebrew-singing-and-dancing musicians and support artists; Challah baking-and-braiding (and most importantly, chewing) experiences; behind-the-scenes Shofar factory and... ( Read More » )

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