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The latest news at the Chabad Center of Sudbury

Purim & Teen Trip Photos & Report

Teens.jpgThis past week was a very busy and happening week at Chabad of Sudbury. We had a delegation of teens at the international CTeen Shabbaton in NY who celebrated with thousands of other teens Jewish Pride and more at the three day weekend. I joined them on Sunday for the final events and it was just so special to see the unique power and joy that teens have and will bring to make a brighter, better and more Jewish tomorrow. Full report from our teens coming soon! You can see a few pictures here.

LNO.jpgSunday night also included a wonderful Ladies Night Out Hamantashen Bake for thirty ladies and teens, who all had a great time and walked out with lots of different styles of delicious Hamantashen and more.

You can see lots more pictures of… Read More »

In the wake of Parkland

Parkland.jpgOnce again a senseless and tragic murder spree in a public high school has left death and terror in its wake. Seventeen young lives were brutally snuffed out, many more were injured or severely traumatized and hundreds of people are no mourning loved ones.

No words can ever explain or do justice to this tragedy and the painful thought of all these parents who sent their kids off to school only to never be able to give them another hug, is just unfathomable.

My colleagues down in Parkland have lost teens who were involved in their Chabad Centers and have spent the last two days trying to give some kind of moral support to the hundreds of teens and their family members who attend that school. Six of the victims were members of the Jewish… Read More »

The Human as a Tree

 Pomegrante in Bat Ayin.jpgThis past Wednesday we celebrated the 15th of Shevat / New Year for the Trees

It is hard to think about trees and lush vegetation in the middle of the Winter. Yet TU B'Shevat, the 15th of Shevat is smack in the middle of the winter, and yes that is when we celebrate the New Year for the Trees.

"Man is the Tree of the Field" says the Torah. This phrase is often explained in Jewish and specifically Chassidic teachings as follows.

ROOTS: We should have deep spiritual roots which can nourish us properly and help us stand tall even when faced with storms and winds that sometimes come our way.

TRUNK: Have a robust life of growth that continuously develops and never ceases to keep aiming higher.

SAPLING: We… Read More »

The Power of Music


dreamstime_xs_6149856.jpgOften when I visit elderly patients in Nursing Homes or elsewhere I like to sing some Hebrew Songs with them. Sometimes I sing alone but most often, they join me in song either by singing along or by clapping or smiling. Besides for the fact that I like songs and music, I have found there are few things that have the emotional power of music and song. I watch people be transported away in their thoughts and memories, as I watch others smile and enjoy, or even start tapping or clapping along.

I have had many occasions  where I have seen the unbelievable effects of music and song, including in the ICU where people in their weakest states, have literally sat up and been inspired to keep going through the power of melodies and… Read More »

A Scorpion, Frog & Personal Growth

A scorpion was once looking to cross a river and asked a frog to give it a ride on its back as it swam across the river. The frog was hesitant as after all the scorpion may decide to sting the frog and the frog could die. The scorpion sensing the hesitancy of the frog said don't worry I need to get across the river and I won't sting you. The frog agrees and the scorpion jumps on the frogs back and off they go across the river.

For a while all seemed to be going well, but suddenly the frog felt a sharp jab and sting in its back and realized that the scorpion had just given it a sting. Within seconds the frog feels its strength begin to drain and it stops swimming and they both begin to drown. With its last strength the frog turns to… Read More »

Going against the Currents

Salmon.jpgWhile Bagels & Lox seem to be some form of ancient American Jewish cuisine, the Jewish connection to Salmon extends well beyond the Lox that are inside that fresh Bagel.

Salmon are renowned for their ability to swim upstream for hundreds of miles. Along the way, the salmon will work very hard to continue moving forward and have been known to jump as high as twelve feet as they ascend waterfalls and continue their migration upstream. 

The reason they do this kind of swimming is since they want to spawn in the shallow river beds (where often they themselves were born) rather than in the Oceans. In their quest to make it upstream, they deal with all kinds of obstacles, predators and challenges and in the process they have… Read More »

Grand Opening Celebration of the new Chabad Center of Sudbury

DSC_4976.JPGThis past Sunday, over three hundred people joined together to celebrate the Grand Opening Celebration of the Chabad Center of Sudbury. The stunning weather and beautiful outdoor setting helped set the tone for the beautiful event. Eleven years after the founding of the organization and three years after the building project was launched, the center was finally ready to celebrate with the community that helped make this project into a reality.

"I was wrong"

Nancy Schwartz chaired the event and spoke of her initial feelings eleven years ago of expected failure for this new Chabad Center in Sudbury, and now eleven years later, here we are celebrating with hundreds of people the opening of a beautiful new building to serve… Read More »

Reflections on Anti Semitism in today's World

 I still remember the day when I was eleven years old, when on the way home from school with my friend, we were suddenly jumped upon by four teenagers who yelled racial and Anti-Semitic slurs at us and proceeded to beat us up because we were Jewish. While I ended up with just a few bruises, my friend ended up on the floor and received a few bonus kicks before the hoodlums ran away after a neighbor started yelling that he was calling the police.  

Unfortunately I cannot say that this was the only incident in my childhood when I experienced Anti-Semitism as growing up in England offered plenty of similar experiences, including being pelted with large rocks, having bottles thrown at me, other physical… Read More »

Driving on Empty in the Judean Desert


When I drive, I often like to use up every last ounce of gas before I go to fill up. Over the years, I discovered the hard way that it wasn’t always the best approach to driving a car. Once I broke down as I ran out of gas right across the road from a gas station, but other times I wasn’t as lucky. As a result of these incidents, I have  improved over the years and learned to go the gas station before the last minute, and occasionally I even fill up the car when I still have a quarter of a tank left.

Recently while I was in Israel, we decided to go for a hike to the Ein Gedi nature reserve in the Judean desert next to the Dead Sea on a day it was supposed to end up being 106F. We were determined to get there as… Read More »

A Visit to the Biblical Heartland of Israel

20170710_122114.jpgWe are currently on a very special visit to the Israel, along with most of Shayna's immediate and extended family to celebrate a special family wedding and family reunion. The visit is being led by Shayna’s energetic grandmother who is having the Nachas and pleasure of seeing dozens of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren spend this special visit with her and with eachother. It is a truly special experience and we are so grateful that we are able to do this as an extended family. Over the next few days, I will share some of the highlights of things we have seen, learned and experienced.

Yesterday we took a trip to some of the heartland of Biblical Israel as we visited Tel Shilo, Shilo, Ofra, Maaleh Levona and Rechelim… Read More »

A Visit to Hebron

Hebron 1Yesterday just hours before the UNESCO vote denying any Jewish connection between the Tomb of the Patriarchs and the City of Hebron with the Jewish people, we were fortunate to pay a very special visit to this special city.

We spent time praying at the tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, Distributed lots of Ice Creams and Treats to the many soldiers on duty, and had an amazing and inspiring visit with Chabad of Hebron who showed us some of the rich Jewish history of Hebron.


Many soldiers were very sad and in a state of shock from a tragic accident at a checkpoint in which a young commander was shot dead by accident by one of his own troops. We did our best to give the soldiers an embrace from Massachusetts and try and somehow… Read More »

Slanted News & Grasshoppers & Self Image

NewsShlomo was on the New York Subway reading a KKK newspaper, when his friend David walks in to the train.

David is shocked and says, "Shlomo, why on earth are you reading a KKK newspaper?"

So Shlomo responds, "When I read the Jewish papers, all I find is Jews under attack, synagogues under attack, Israel under attack, assimilation rates, Jewish engagement is going down and a whole lot more. But when I read the KKK papers, I read about how Jews control the media, Jews control the government, Jews rule Hollywood, Jews Control the Banks, Jewish Communities are gaining in strength and a whole lot more. So David, which newspaper would you read?!"

In this week’s Torah portion we read about a similar episode as we… Read More »

Hebrew School Graduation & Year End Celebration

hs1.jpgAnother great year of Hebrew School just concluded for the five classes and dozens of students at Chabad Hebrew School of Sudbury.

To mark the end of the academic Hebrew School year, the students put on great performances, skits and speeches and celebrated the completion of another wonderful and happy year of learning.

What a truly amazing year of progress in reading and Hebrew, in learning new elements of Judaism and in gaining and broadening the students knowledge hs2.jpgof Jewish values, traditions and Mitzvot.

Thank you to all of our wonderful teachers and dedicated volunteers who help make Chabad Hebrew School such a great experience for the students and their families and thank you to all of the parents who place their children in… Read More »

Taking in the Beauty Around Us

20170523_094641.jpgLife swirls on around us and the tremendous beauty of the world around us is not always noticed.

Spring in Massachusetts is a beautiful scene with nature bursting to life in bushes and shrubs that seemed dead and barren just a few short months ago. Cardinals and many other colorful birds make their homes in the trees and bushes around our house, as well as chipmunks, squirrels and so much more, making everything come to life with a pulsating vibrancy.

I don't always get to pray in a Synagogue in the morning, and when I don't I often do my morning prayers outside as I listen to the chirping from the birds 20170523_094709 (1).jpgand the sounds and music of G-d's beautiful world.

Today I stopped to look at the beautiful works of art that sit… Read More »

In Memory of Bertha Sher

Bertha Sher.pngOn behalf of the Chabad Center of Sudbury I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Bertha Sher (Bunya Bas Bluma & Binyomin Z"L) who passed away at age 95 this past Shabbos. Bertha was someone I would visit on many occasions and I greatly enjoyed the time I spent with her as well as the insights that she would share with me.

Bertha deeply respected her own parents and a lot of her values and attachment to Judaism she attributed to them. Bertha described her father who refused to work on Shabbos and how he would often lose his job on Friday’s due to his refusal to work on Shabbos.

Bertha also told me that during those years they suffered from terrible poverty, but they weren’t the only ones and… Read More »

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