Last week, war broke out between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. In response, Chabad of Laramie and Hillel at the University of Wyoming will be holding a series of events in the next few days in support of Israel.

  • Thursday evening - Challah bake event for women at Chabad at 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday evening - Vigil on campus at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday night - Community prayer and meal at 5:45 p.m.
  • Sunday night - Fundraiser for Hadassah Hospital 
  • Monday night - class on what we can do to help - physically and spiritually.

The fundraiser for Hadassah Hospital, Raskin said, was planned well in advance of the attacks, but it “happens to be at a time of greater need than ever, unfortunately.” Wyoming Statewide Hadassah is holding its 12th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting this Sunday in Cheyenne from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and will feature Israeli wines.  There is a nominal cover charge.  

For more information or to attend the event contact Laurie Richmond, President, Wyoming Statewide Hadassah at

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“When Jews mourn the dead, pray for the sick, or celebrate miracles, we do it together as one community. As one family,” Raskin said on social media. 

Rabbi Yaakov Raskin and his wife Malkie moved to Laramie earlier this year to open Wyoming’s second Chabad Jewish Center (the first is Chabad-Lubavitch of Wyoming, in Jackson). UW Hillel is the official Jewish student organization at the university. 

Hillel International’s statement earlier this week read, “We are devastated as we awake to news of this horrific attack on the Jewish homeland and the Israeli people. The photos, videos, and headlines we are seeing are shocking and heartbreaking, and our hearts and prayers are with all the people of Israel today.”

For the location and times of any of these events, email or call 307-920-2613.

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