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A rendering of a proposed Chabad Jewish Community Center-St. Charles County. Image courtesy Baalman Architects

Westward expansion: Chabad receives donation of 9.6 acres in O’Fallon, Mo.

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light  March 31, 2022

A 9.6-acre tract of land in O’Fallon, Mo. will be the future home of the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Charles County. The property was donated by the family of the late Leonard Kaplan. The site is located at East Wabash Street and T.R. Hughes Blvd.,...

CNN highlights Chabads work in Ukraine

CNN highlights Chabad’s work in Ukraine

Menachem Posner, Chabad.org March 10, 2022

(Chabad.org) -- Reporting on the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-devastated Ukraine, CNN interviewed Chabad Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz, who is currently in Moldova, where Chabad-Lubavitch has been bringing thousands of Jewish refugees. Berkowitz...

A brave Kharkov Jewish community member arrives with a delivery of food at the Chabad-Lubavitch Choral Synagogue in Kharkov, Ukraine, on Feb. 28, 2022.

72 hours under siege with the Jews of Kharkov, Ukraine

Dovid Margolin, Chabad.org February 28, 2022
Jews take shelter in synagogue; Russian troops make incursion to city; heavy aerial bombardment.
Freshman Sarrah Wilkes, sophomore Rebekah Sheff, and freshman Sydney Kolker enjoy Cafe Chabad on Wednesday night.

College life: Allowing your child to soar

DEBRA KLEVENS February 10, 2022

It was 2 a.m. in March of 2020, and my daughter and I watched the COVID news while scrolling through Hillel’s College Guide to find schools with a Jewish population. One by one, we went through the list to find a school with a Jewish population....

Vandals tear through Chabad House in Kansas City

Vandals tear through Chabad House in Kansas City

FAYGIE HOLT, JNS December 8, 2021
Within hours after a campaign was started to help clean up the center, more than $91,000 was raised, almost double the funds needed.
Pandemic has helped reveal true meaning of birthdays

Pandemic has helped reveal true meaning of birthdays

BASSY LANDA July 7, 2021
Birthdays should remind children of their intrinsic value, not the value of their presents
Rabbi Yossi Abenson

Chabad emissaries ‘overcome time, space,’ Zoom to a record

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT November 25, 2020

When the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries ended last week, it broke a record. At 136 hours, the conference stands as the longest Zoom online videoconference call. The previous record was just under 24 hours, set earlier this...

Chabad St. Charles County

This week’s Spotlight Photos

June 18, 2020

Rabbi Chaim Landa and Bassy Landa, directors of the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Charles County, prepare dozens of ‘Shavuot-to-Go’ kits on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 to be distributed to Jewish households throughout St. Charles County.  Photos: Bill...

Chabad offers ‘seder-to-go’ kits

April 2, 2020

As Passover approaches, and with all the safety restrictions being put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19, many Jewish families throughout the St. Louis region may not be able to gather for a seder with family and friends as they have done in...

Rabbi Novack of Chabad is joined by University City Council member Paulette Carr at the public Menorah lighting on the Delmar Loop in a previous year.

Chabad plans Hanukkah events in three St. Louis area locations

December 15, 2019

Chabad of Greater St. Louis has several events planned in the St. Louis area on the first night of Hanukkah, Sunday Dec. 22. The events, which are free, are:• A Hanukkah Car Menorah Parade, organized by Chabad of Chesterfield, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. atCentral...

Niki Stein, Braden Stein, Gavin Stein and Barb Shaffer make menorahs at Chabad’s 2018 Menorah Workshop on Sunday at the Home Depot in Richmond Heights.

Menorah Workshop set for Dec. 15 at Home Depot

December 12, 2019

Chabad of Greater St. Louis will be partnering with Home Depot to offer a pre-Hanukkah Menorah Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Home Depot, 1603 S. Hanley Road. Participants will craft their own unique menorah from wood and...

Chabad of Chesterfield transformed a pavilion in Chesterfield’s Central Park into a Shofar Factory on Sunday, helping participants craft their own horn instrument and learn the traditional sequence of notes sounded on Rosh Hashanah. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of Sunday, Sept. 29 and ends the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 1. Photo: Bill Motchan

Shofar Factory

September 26, 2019

Chabad of Chesterfield transformed a pavilion in Chesterfield’s Central Park into a Shofar Factory on Sunday, helping participants craft their own horn instrument and learn the traditional sequence of notes sounded on Rosh Hashanah. This year, Rosh...

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