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Bar Mitzvah Gift: Vegas Show Headlined by Boy With Disabilities

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Bar Mitzvah Gift: Vegas Show Headlined by Boy With Disabilities 

By Howard Blas Chabad.org/News, June 7, 2018 - 12:59 pm

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Levi Harlig sang and drummed for three hours with entertainer Avraham Fried at a community-wide celebration at The Four Seasons Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. (Photo: Norina Kaye)

Sometimes what happens in Vegas just shouldn't stay in Vegas. Levi Harlig's extraordinary bar mitzvah is one of them.

Levi gave a flawless reading of Parshat Naso, the longest Torah portion of the year, and delivered a Chassidic discourse in Yiddish and Hebrew last Shabbat morning at Chabad of Green Valley/Henderson in Las Vegas. The following evening, the 13-year-old sang and drummed for three hours with entertainer Avraham Fried at a community-wide celebration at The Four Seasons Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

That would be an exciting experience for any bar mitzvah boy. But for members of the community who have known Levi since birth, the accomplishment was nearly miraculous... 

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Bugsy Siegel’s daughter buried in Las Vegas cemetery

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Bugsy Siegel’s daughter buried in Las Vegas cemetery

By Mike Shoro Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 22, 2017 - 8:51 pm 

Updated November 24, 2017 - 11:03 am 

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Millicent Rosen, who died on Nov. 17, 2017, at age 86, was Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel's eldest daughter. (Chabad.org)

Proud of her roots, Millicent Rosen spent her entire life defending the family name: Siegel.

Millicent Rosen, born Jan. 14, 1931, in New York City to Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and Esta Siegel (nee Krakower), died Nov. 17 in Las Vegas. She was 86.

Her father, a Jewish mobster some have credited with helping to build modern Las Vegas, was shot to death in Beverly Hills, California, on June 20, 1947. He was connected to fellow mobsters Meyer Lansky, Charles “Lucky” Luciano and the crime syndicate “Murder Inc.”

“She was just a very unique lady that had an even more unique history,” her daughter, Wendy Rosen, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday. “She was determined through her work with the Mob Museum to let the world know that Benjamin Siegel was a good man with a great vision.”

On Tuesday, Millicent Rosen was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery — a decision her two daughters, Wendy and Cindy Rosen, said was difficult to make...

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Bugsy Siegel’s Daughter Gets a Jewish Burial in Las Vegas

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Bugsy Siegel’s Daughter Gets a Jewish Burial in Las Vegas

 By Dovid Margolin   |   November 22, 2017 10:41 AM 

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Rabbi Mendy Harlig with Cindy Rosen, center, and Wendy Rosen. granddaughters of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, the charming and notorious Jewish mob figure widely recognized as the visionary behind modern Las Vegas.

The rabbi thought nothing of the Flamingo Hotel as he passed it on his way to a Las Vegas area hospice. Despite the glitz and glimmer that draws people to the desert city—and the grimy edge that sometimes keeps them there for good—Las Vegas is a big place, home to real people with real (and regular) lives, and Rabbi Mendy Harlig was on his way last week to do what rabbis often do: meet with a Jewish woman breathing her last...

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50 Stories That Left Their Mark on Jewish Communities Worldwide

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50 Stories That Left Their Mark on Jewish Communities Worldwide

November 15, 2017 5:15 PM

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Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Naftoli Schmukler, left, of Corpus Christi, Texas, embraces and comforts Ed Flower, a business owner whose store was destroyed in Port Aransas, Texas, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo: Verónica G. Cárdenas/Chabad.org)

Every year seems to be an increasingly busy one for the nearly 5,000 Chabad-Lubavitch emissary families who serve Jewish communities around the world—from remote towns and college campuses to major metropolitan areas. Their work is to ignite the spark of G‑dliness within every Jew, bringing people of every age and background closer to their Jewish heritage, traditions, study and practice.

This week, thousands of rabbis will travel from every part of the globe to attend the annual International Conference for Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim) in New York, which takes place from Nov. 15-20. They will learn, pray and meet with one another to discuss progress and challenges, and to converse about Jewish holidays, events, programs, classes and study opportunities they are developing for their respective communities.

They will also take a look back at the accomplishments and challenges of the past year. Here is just a smattering of highlights of their work reported by Chabad.org since last November...

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The Jewish community should be proud of disaster response

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The Jewish community should be proud of disaster response

2017-10-11 / Editorial 

There have been dozens of accounts of Jewish communities locally, nationally and worldwide rallying to help victims of recent tragedies, both man-made and natural. Tallied together, the need seems overwhelming but the Jewish reaction comforting.

The Jewish community, like many in America, have responded in the form of first responders, monetary donations and prayer services following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The latest priority has become aid in the aftermath of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting earlier this month...

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Courage Amid Chaos - 8 Portraits - Las Vegas Shooting.

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Courage Amid Chaos - 8 Portraits - Las Vegas Shooting

Posted by Anthony Mair of AMair Photo

"In the violence and terror of the Route 91 concert shooting, these Las Vegans saved lives, gave comfort and defined the spirit of selfless service"

8 portraits of mine taken for Desert Companion magazine. Without a doubt the most difficult task of my career so far.

What could I possibly say to these people who were going through so much and will be for some time. I left each portrait with a different feeling for everyone. Empathy, a feeling of courage, resilience and an overall pride for my city. They're all heroes and it was an experience I'll never forget meeting them, taking their portraits and hearing their stories.

Of course my pictures are half of the story, go to Desert Companions site at; https://knpr.org ...017-10/courage-amid-chaos

or pick up a copy locally in Las Vegas.

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Courage Amid Chaos

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Courage Amid Chaos

"Just our presence is comforting for them" 

Nov 01, 2017 by Heidi KyserKristy TottenAndrew KiralyCarrie Kaufman, Chantal Corcoran and Portraits by Anthony Mair

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Mendy Harlig — or “Rabbi Mendy” as the members of Chabad of Green Valley call him — was in the midst of his first good night’s sleep in months, he says, when the call came from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department... 

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Cards on the Table

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Cards on the Table

Detective Sergeant Riback is a Las Vegas police officer whose religious renaissance, personal struggles, and public service have made him a warrior for good in the battle of Light against Darkness 

Rachel Ginsberg Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Detective Sergeant Steve Riback, aka the “Kosher Cop” fought the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for the right to wear a beard and yarmulke on duty (Photos: Tonya Harvey, Family archives)

Detective Sergeant Steve Riback of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department calls himself the “Kosher Cop,” and it’s not just due to his dietary restrictions or to the years-long court battle he waged against the department to accommodate his First Amendment religious rights to wear a beard and yarmulke on duty. In “Sin City” — the cash and casino capital of the world — being a high-profile Orthodox Jewish cop means giving a moral compass to this city of high-stakes gambling and all the vices that go with it...

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Las Vegas Jews rally for victims in wake of shooting

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Las Vegas Jews rally for victims in wake of shooting

Synagogues hold vigils, collect goods and raise money in aftermath of Sunday massacre; two Jewish women injured 

By JTA 4 October 2017, 4:16 am 

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A woman prays at a makeshift memorial on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 3, 2017, after a gunman killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire from a hotel window on a country music festival. (AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck)

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Vegas Shooting- Update on Jewish & Israelis Injured/ Tel Aviv Stands with You!

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Vegas Shooting- Update on Jewish & Israelis Injured/ Tel Aviv Stands with You!

By  October 3, 2017

A chaplain on the Las Vegas Metro Police Force confirmed to The Times of Israel that one of the wounded from the shooting spree that left at least 58 people dead and over 515 wounded has been identified a Jewish female.

She underwent surgery and her condition is “not life-threatening,” Rabbi Mendy Harlig said.

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Chabad Rabbis in Two States Aid Vegas Shooting Victim

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Chabad Rabbis in Two States Aid Vegas Shooting Victim

Community joins in effort to assist Natalie Grumet 

By Menachem Posner   |   October 3, 2017 6:35 PM

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Natalie Grumet, second from left, at a bat mitzvah party in March at the Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Within hours of her being shot in the face at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, a network of Chabadrabbis in Nevada and California began working to assist Natalie Grumet, as well as her husband, Jason Grumet, who had been trapped inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino during the rampage by a lone gunman that left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured.

“In the middle of the night, a fellow chaplain told me that he met the parents of a Jewish woman who had been wounded,” Rabbi Mendy Harlig, a chaplain at the Las Vegas police department, told Chabad.org...

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Las Vegas Jewish community rallies to help in aftermath of shooting

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Las Vegas Jewish community rallies to help in aftermath of shooting

BY JTA | PUBLISHED OCT 3, 2017 | NATION 

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A makeshift memorial is seen next to the site of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 3. Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Israeli officials and Jewish leaders unite in condemnation of Las Vegas shooting

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Israeli officials and Jewish leaders unite in condemnation of Las Vegas shooting

Posted on October 3, 2017 by Adam Abrams/JNS.org and filed under NewsU.S.Israel and tagged Main.

By Adam Abrams/JNS.org

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A diagram illustrating the position and view the perpetrator of the Las Vegas shooting had on the country music festival. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

Israeli officials and the leaders of major American Jewish organizations united in condemnation of Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded.

The lone suspect in the shooting, Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on an outdoor Las Vegas country music festival from a 32nd-floor window in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, in what Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo initially referred to as a “lone wolf” attack...

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Las Vegas Jewish community rallies to help in aftermath of shooting

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Las Vegas Jewish community rallies to help in aftermath of shooting

October 3, 2017 12:53pm 

(JTA) — Two Las Vegas synagogue held special evening prayers and a GoFundMe page raised over $50,000 for an injured Jewish woman as the city’s Jewish community rallied to help in the aftermath of the mass shooting on the Strip.

Chabad Rabbi Mendy Harlig, a chaplain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, told the Chabad.org website that he spent time on Monday at a local hospital with the husband and mother-in-law of Natalie Grumet, a Jewish California resident who was injured in the shooting, The Times of Israel reported...

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