The Oberlin Review

 The Elkan family recently celebrated their eleventh year of running Chabad at Oberlin in their brand new house.

A New Home, New Faces, and New Traditions for Chabad at Oberlin

October 7, 2020

Chabad leaders Devorah and Rabbi Shlomo Elkan celebrated their 11th anniversary of living in Oberlin last week — what they like to call their “Oberversary” — from a newly reconstructed and expanded house. A project five years in the making, the new Chabad house and surrounding property have enabled Chabad at Oberlin to host in-person, socially distanced gatherings outside.  Working closely with the Student Union, the Dean of Students Office, and the Office of the President, Chabad at Ob...

College senior Noah Binford checks out DeCafé’s lunchtime offerings.

Kosher Passover Meals Come to DeCafé

April 5, 2019

With help from both Chabad at Oberlin and Campus Dining Services, DeCafé will now offer kosher food during the week of Passover. Keeping kosher can be more difficult during Passover because the holiday comes with additional dietary restrictions and laws. Additionally, many Jews who do not otherwise keep kosher find it more important to keep kosher during Passover. Every spring since Chabad opened its doors in 2010, the organization has provided food that meets Passover’s kosher guidelines to students d...

Rabbi Shlomo Elkan and wife Devorah Elkan standing in front of their home with two of their children holding books from the book drive.

Chabad Sponsors Book Drive

November 30, 2018

Chabad at Oberlin College Student Group is hosting “People of the Book Project: Bringing Books into Prison” through Sunday, Dec. 2. The group is seeking gently used books that will then be donated to libraries in the Lorain County correctional system. Rabbi Shlomo and Devorah Elkan, co-directors of Chabad at Oberlin, are leading the collection. Shlomo Elkan, who does volunteer work in the Lorain County prison system, is familiar with the obstacles incarcerated individuals face when tr...

College senior Isabelle Harari speaks at “Roots: Exploring Jewish Identity Through Family Stories & Culinary Traditions,”
an event Wednesday put on as part of the “How Do You Jew?” series.

‘Roots’ Celebrates Jewish Food, Family Trees

February 17, 2017

At first, the timing of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish new year of the trees, seems like a strange choice. After all, it’s the middle of winter, and there are no leaves or buds to be seen. Although we can’t see it, this time of year is when root growth begins again after a period of dormancy. This theme inspired Wednesday’s event “Roots: Exploring Jewish Identity Through Family Stories & Culinary Traditions,” held in the atrium of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies. For...

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