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Oxford Professor Siegbert Prawer's library granted to the Oxford University Chabad Society

The Oxford University Chabad Society has recently significantly expanded its Samson Judaica library at the Slager Jewish student centre with a major new collection of Judaic books received from the family of the late Professor Siegbert Salmon Prawer FBA, distinguished Taylor Emeritus Professor of German Language and Literature at University of Oxford, who passed away 5 April, 2012.


S.S. Prawer, who was born into a Jewish family in 1925 in Cologne, Germany, was world renowned in the field of German literature, affectionately loved and widely respected, and a close friend of the Oxford University Chabad Society. He corresponded with Rabbi Eli Brackman, director of Chabad of Oxford, for a number of years, and in 2010 lectured at the … Read More »

Chabad to open four new student centers in Europe - JTA article

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Chabad on Campus International Foundation this coming academic year will open four new centers for Jewish students in Europe, including American Jews studying abroad. 

Centers will open during the 2011-2012 academic year in Amsterdam, Berlin, Florence and Frankfurt, joining existing ones in Debrecen, Hungary, and Paris. The centers will offer Torah classes, Shabbat meals and holiday services in the local languages.

A Chabad spokesman said he did not have figures on the cost of the centers. The facilities will open throughout the course of the year and no specific dates were available, the spokesman said.

“Each campus Chabad House, wherever it may be found in the world, is truly global in scope.

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