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Texas Tribe Gets their Shabbat On

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:00 pm
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More than 150 college students from across the Lone Star State united with their Texas tribe in College Station, Texas for the 10th Annual Intercollegiate Texas Shabbaton.

More than 150 college students from across the Lone Star State united with their Texas tribe in College Station, Texas for the 10th Annual Intercollegiate Texas Shabbaton.

Hosted by Chabad at Texas A&M University, the energetic weekend event included late-night discussions, expert-led lectures, panels, icebreakers, prayer services and, of course, plenty of food. Students from Texas A&M, Texas State University, University of Texas at Austin, and Rice University were able to unwind from their studies, socialize with friends and get their Shabbat on!
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$29,000 Worth of Toys to be Donated

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 11:40 am
Posted by Chabad on Campus

It is the season of joy and cheer but will children be included?
Each year, the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at BU, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Delta Tau seek to twin the holiday season with an element of charity and social action to stress the importance of bringing holiday cheer to those less fortunate.

This is the ninth year that Chabad is coordinating a toy drive dubbed "light up a life" ; $28,000 worth of toys were purchased with the monies collected; a culminating event of this drive was held December 7 at 6 pm in the Old Union Hall of the East Union at BU.

The celebration, included holiday themed refreshments and a special appearance by the Crosbys, Binghamton’s pre-eminent a cappella group.... ( Read More » )

Comfort and Prayer with the Tribe

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 11:27 am
Posted by By Hannah Turner

hannah.jpgHannah Turner, a journalism student who recently found out her grandfather has cancer, spent an emotional and comforting weekend in Crown Heights with Chabad on Campus.

Right before leaving to a Chabad on Campus trip to New York City with 15 other Jewish kids from the University of Missouri, I found out my grandfather has cancer. The prognosis is pretty terrible; if we’re lucky, he has a month to live. Papa is the sweetest Southern man you’ll ever meet. He has worked his entire life at an electric plant in the tiny town of Lewisburg, Tennessee and always ends our phone calls with the reminder to “study hard.”

Suddenly this trip I had so been looking forward to was overshadowed by this heartbreaking news. I... ( Read More » )

Jewish Students' Shabbat in NY

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 4:59 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

More than 1,200 students from 120 universities from across North America and Europe and as far away as South Africa converged on Crown Heights last weekend for the annual Chabad on Campus Pegisha. The event has become a highlight of the Jewish campus life calendar, consistently bringing the largest group of Jewish students together for three days of inspiration, education, friendship, and growth.

This year, as part of the Pegisha, 60 Chabad student group presidents gathered for a President’s Club meeting where they networked and shared best practices. The event was chaired by the Chabad on Campus Young Leadership Board which is made up largely of past Chabad on Campus student presidents.

A week of activities was crammed into... ( Read More » )

Doubling Presence in a Decade, 14 New Chabad Campus Centers Opened This Year

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 9:54 am
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An ever-growing number of Campus emissaries from around the world will accompany the students. In the course of the past year, 14 couples have established new Chabad centers on campuses large and small, urban and suburban—13 in the United States and one in France (at the Université de Montpellier, Faculty of Medicine)—bringing the total of Chabad on Campus centers to a whopping 256. That almost doubles the number over the past decade. In 2007, there was a total of 130 Chabad on Campus centers.

Add to that Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries who have joined existing centers, growing their presence and Jewish offerings to students across the globe, in addition to campus Chabads buying, renovating or building new... ( Read More » )

White Supremacist Heckled in Florida as Jewish Students Do Good Deeds

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:09 am
Posted by Chabad.org

Despite tensions that mounted throughout the week with news that white supremacist Richard Spencer was coming to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville—a school with an estimated 6,000 Jewish students, one of the highest demographics on a campus outside of Israel—the event ended relatively quietly on Thursday, with a low turnout for the address and some heckling by protestors who far outnumbered Spencer supporters.

Fears had worsened before the speech when the Tabacinic Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Student Center, the campus Chabad House, was targeted by the neo-Nazi publication The Daily Stormer, which urged people to “Go to other places in the city of Gainsville [sic] and stage... ( Read More » )

Chabad on Campus’ in Florida Shift from Refuge to Relief

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:50 am
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Chabad on Campus’ in Florida Shift from Refuge to Relief

As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last weekend, Chabad on Campus centers across the state opened their doors, providing shelter for students and community members. In the days since the storm passed, Chabad has shifted to arranging meals for students and organizing relief convoys to assist in the areas worst hit by the storm.

Rabbi Pinny Backman, who co-directs Chabad at the University of South Florida with his wife Chava, was able to secure a concrete warehouse as a safe space for his family and 25 others to stay during the hurricane. He stocked the warehouse with food and air mattresses and they hunkered down there for 35 hours as Hurricane Irma raged outside.

Once... ( Read More » )

150 students from 7 colleges assist with relief efforts in Houston

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:13 am
Posted by Chabad on Campus

A convoy of 50 trucks and cars travel to Houston to help with the Chabad on Campus Hurricane recovery

In 2010, Tennessee was hit with a 1000-year flood. Nashville native Ben Davis remembers the devastation wrought by the storm so when his Chabad Rabbi at the University of Colorado asked him if he could help with the relief efforts in Houston, Davis was immediately on board. He recruited a friend who owns a moving truck business, and Rabbi Yisroel Wilhelm arranged the donation of 2,000 pounds of much-needed supplies. They were joined by a dozen more CU students who made the 16-hour drive to Houston to deliver the supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey

The group of students from Colorado was part of a convoy of 50 trucks and cars... ( Read More » )

Brooklyn Couple Create Home Away from Home for Jewish Chapman Students

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 2:39 pm
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Brooklyn Couple Create Home Away from Home for Jewish Chapman Students

For many new students, the transition from home to college is a journey of self-discovery. Their inquiring minds are exposed to new ideas, to fresh perspective, and they’re afforded the freedom to pursue their dreams. In addition to academic pursuits, many students find in college the beginning of journey to connect with their heritage. Such a journey, however, can be difficult to undertake.

That is why Rabbi Eliezer and Mushky Gurary moved across the country with their one-year-old son Yosef and newborn daughter Mirel to establish Chabad at Chapman Jewish student center earlier the year. The Gurarys both hail from Brooklyn, NY and have previously studied and... ( Read More » )

Jewish Community of Edinburgh University Celebrate Completion Of First Ever Torah Scroll

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:01 am
Posted by Chabad on Campus

The Jewish community of Edinburgh completed and welcomed a Torah scroll -- Judaism's most sacred object -- with a unique and celebratory ceremony on March 19 at Chabad on Campus at Edinburgh University.

More than 100 students, faculty and community members were in attendance as an expert ritual scribe inked the final letters of the magnificent scroll, as done 3,300 years ago for the very first time by Moses. Following the completion of the Torah, the community joyously danced with the sacred scroll, which is the first one in Scotland ever dedicated to Jewish students.

An authentic Torah scroll is a mind-boggling masterpiece of labor and skill. Comprising between 62 and 84 sheets of parchment-cured, tanned, scraped and prepared according... ( Read More » )

110 Students from Four Universities Unite at Virginia Shabbaton

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:09 am
Posted by Chabad on Campus

va_shabbaton.jpgCharlottesville, VA – 110 Jewish college students from across Virginia gathered for a one-of-a-kind Shabbat experience, hosted by the Chabad House at University of Virginia, on the weekend of March 24thth-26th in Charlottesville. The Chabad on Campus Virginia Shabbaton provided a fully immersive Shabbat experience that featured festive meals, beginner’s prayers services, world-renowned teachers and speakers, educational and entertaining workshops and a musical, candle-lit Havdalah service.

Students attending the Shabbaton came from a variety of backgrounds. Some were exposed to Judaism at a young age, while others just recently discovered their heritage. According to Channa Mayer, Co-Director of Chabad at University of... ( Read More » )

Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Light Menorah in Auschwitz

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 4:30 pm
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Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Light Menorah in Auschwitz on Chabad on Campus Trip to Poland

Deena, Noa and Rachel, college students and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, were three of 70 participants on LivingLinks, Chabad on Campus International’s first heritage trip to Poland. In a trip filled with emotional and poignant moments, the most riveting was when they lit the first candle of Chanukah in Auschwitz lI-Birkenau concentration camp.

Students from dozens of colleges across North America spent six days in Poland, bearing witness to the death camps, mass graves, labor camps and ghettos, the resting place for millions of Jews who were murdered al kiddush Hashem. The students also got a glimpse of the vibrant Jewish... ( Read More » )

Chabad on Campus Hosts Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 5:31 pm
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Chabad on Campus International hosted Israel’s Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs, Naftali Bennett, this Monday evening at Chabad House Bowery. An intimate crowd of several dozen students and Jewish campus leaders, gathered to discuss Mosaic United, a new initiative spearheaded by Bennett’s Ministry that brings together the leading campus Jewish organizations to strengthen Jewish Identity and support for Israel among college students around the world. Representing those organizations was Rabbi Yossy Gordon and Rabbi Avi Weinstein of Chabad on Campus International, Eric Fingerhut of Hillel International, Rabbi Avi Cassel of Olami, as well as Amy Holtz, CEO of Mosaic United.

“My mission in life is to strengthen... ( Read More » )

Over 1,200 College Students at NYC Shabbaton

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 10:01 am
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Over 1,200 College Students Flock to Crown Heights, NYC for the Largest Ever Chabad on Campus Shabbaton

Over 1,200 university students from more than 129 college campuses across the United States and the world spent this past weekend in the Crown Heights neighborhood of New York City, at the annual Chabad on Campus JewFest Shabbaton.

The fully immersive weekend program included discussions with leading Rabbis and Rebbetzins, former soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces, YouTube stars, and other personalities, covering a wide range of topics such as The Kabballah of Love, Mindfulness and Prayer, and a How-To guide for young Jewish professionals. It also included a spirited Shabbat program called Shabbat Live: Eat. Think. Celebrate, where... ( Read More » )

Data Sheds Light on Impact of Chabad on Campus

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:42 am
Posted by Chabad on Campus

Groundbreaking research reveals broad & lasting impact on Jewish students’ lives

Historic Study Reveals Wide Demographic Reach of Chabad-Lubavitch on more than 200 U.S. Campuses

Data Sheds Light on Impact of Chabad on Campus

A groundbreaking study of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s work on American college campuses nationwide published this week found that almost 90 percent of participants at the Chassidic-run Jewish student centers do not come from Orthodox homes.... ( Read More » )

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