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History in the Balkans
 First Chief Rabbi Installed in Albania 
History in the Balkans
History in the Balkans | Photograph: Meir Alfasi, Albania

The tiny Balkan nation of Albania installed Shliach  Rabbi Yoel Kaplan as its first chief rabbi. In a ceremony attended by Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar at the new Moshe Rabbeinu Synagogue in the capital city of Tirana, Kaplan, who also serves as Shliach of Thessaloniki in nearby Greece, assumed leadership of Albania’s more than 250 indigenous Jews ■ more 

    
 
Winter, 5735
 Rare Photo of the Rebbe 
Photograph: Avner Institute

Shturem and the Avner Institute would like to present two unique photos of the Rebbe leaving 770 in the winter of 5735, on his way to the Ohel ■ more 

    
 
Mivtza Chanukah 5771
 Shluchim & Westchester Officials Celebrate 
Westchester County’s government officials were treated to a festive Chanukah celebration on the fifth day of Chanukah, as the seven Chabad Lubavitch Shluchim to Westchester County New York visited the headquarters of Westchester County government offices bringing the joy and inspiration of Chanukah ■ more 
    
 
Chassidus, Emunah and Bitochon
 Shloshim for Shliach Rabbi MM Deren, OB"M 
Photograph: Shturem
The highlight of the evening was a powerful and awe inspiring lecture by Rabbi Yisrael Deren who masterfully combined a complex analysis of the Siyum of Mishnayos as a window into the infinite questions to how we can continue our lives, with strength and vigor when events beyond our understanding seem to shake our foundations ■ more  
    
 
Mivtza Chanukah 5771
 10,000 Participate in South Florida Event 
Photograph: DesignsBySruly.com
Wednesday, the last night of Chanukah, was the 31st Annual South Florida Chanukah Festival. The event welcomed a crowd of over 10,000 people! The show was held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL ■ more 
    
 
Mivtza Chanukah 5771
 Luminaries Set Menorah Candles Aflame 
Photograph: Alexandria Times
“Fire is a powerful thing. It can either warm, illuminate, glow and sustain, or it can burn, disintegrate and destroy,” Newman said. “When you light a candle for the purpose of bringing about illumination and goodness, all you need is that one flame to continuously light the flame in others and in no way will it diminish your own ■ more
    
 
Sharing Faith
 Lighting the Way for Folsom Jews 
Jr. Shliach Mendel Grossbaum
Jr. Shliach Mendel Grossbaum | Photograph: Menka Belgal/ The Telegraph
“I grew up Jewish so it’s important to keep it in my family,” Weshner said. “Folsom is a beautiful place to live, but we had to make an effort to be Jewish here. We are a part of the Chabad. We asked to have one here in Folsom so we could have a sense of Judaism here ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanukah 5771
 A Beer-Bottle Menorah in Bushwick 
Photograph: BushwickBK/ Aaron Short
Rabbi Menachem Heller knew that his Bushwick Chabad, tucked into a tiny Flushing Avenue storefront at The Loom, was going to be too small to host a Hanukkah party. So he did what a Rabbi is supposed to do on Hanukkah — call a friend with a bigger space ■ more 
    
 
Mivtza Chanukah 5771
 Inaugural Menorah Lighting in Amazon 
In conjunction with the Beit Chabad of the Amazon's first anniversary, a public menorah was lit for the first time ever on the fifth night of Channuka. Manaus Plaza Shopping a local mall had the honor of hosting the menorah ■ more 
    
 
A Tribute
 Rabbi Leib Kramer to be Commemorated 
The Rebbe and Rabbi Kramer
The Rebbe and Rabbi Kramer | Photograph: Rabbi Kramer's Legacy
Rabbi Kramer was “the person we consulted for everything…He always had the right thing to say at the right time. He knew people very well and knew how to reach into the soul of people so that he would make them feel good even under difficult circumstances ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanukah 5771
 Menorah Fire Truck Parade Lights up the Night 
Photograph: Washington Photo
"It's coming! It's coming!" shrieked children as the sounds of sirens could be heard and the flashing red and white lights of Rockville Volunteer Fire Department engine 33 pulled in to the parking lot among a caravan of cars ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanukah 5771
 Kensington: Children's Chanukah Festival 
Successful Children's Chanukah Festival in Kensington: Chabad of Kensington organized the children's Chanukah Festival, where over 200 children gathered for a party filled with Arts & Crafts, Gameshow, “Be A Maccabee” game, donut decorating and topped off with the lighting of a Giant Candy Menorah ■ more
    
 
Battle Not Won Yet
 EU Ministers Reject Labeling Amendment 
RCE) has expressed its appreciation that an amendment to the European Union’s food labeling laws was set aside by the European Council of Ministers which met yesterday ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanukah 5771
 History in Goodyear: Kiflayim l'Tushiya 
Over 150 people attended the first ever public Menorah Lighting in Goodyear, Arizona. The area's Shliach Berel Zaklikofsky said, "Another miracle of Chanukah was that we ordered in the beginning 50 doughnuts, somehow we ended up buying a hundred ■ more
    
 
"No Beard" Regualtion
 Lubavitcher Sues US Army over Beard 
Rabbi Menachem M. Stern
Rabbi Menachem M. Stern | Photograph: WPIX TV
Menachem M. Stern of the Chabad-Lubavitch community, a Hasidic group in Brooklyn, alleges in federal court in the District that the Army at first approved his application to serve as chaplain in June 2009 and appointed him a reserve commissioned officer (first lieutenant), before rescinding the appointment that September citing the Army’s “no-beard” regulation ■ more
    
 
Mivtza Chanukah 5771
 Hands on Chanukah Program 
Photograph: Kristy Chu/ Orange County Register
Children had the option to learn about Hanukkah through food, art and dance for Choice Day. In just two short hours, the students put together a program and presentation for their parents and friends ■ more 
    

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