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Yossi Greenberg has dedicated his life to making sure every Jewish student at Miami University has a place where they feel at home. Miami  has an undergraduate population of just over 16,000 and approximately 6% are Jewish. Chabad is one of two Jewish organizations on campus — the other is Hillel — that helps students explore their beliefs and develop leadership skills.

Most parents have mixed emotions about the day they drop off their child at a college campus. While for years, they may be anticipating this milestone, there is a strong feeling of nostalgia and worry about this stage of independence. As parents, we pray and hope that our children meet positive people in their new environment.

Rabbi Yossi Greenberg and his family have lived in an apartment below Miami students since winter break. Greenberg also serves as the advisor for Chabad’s Jewish student group at Miami. “It’s a very unique program that creates a family on campus for Jewish students” Greenberg said.

Chabad at Miami University is moving to a new, bigger space this fall. The organization is renovating a former fraternity house near the campus and is hopeful that renovations will be completed before the High Holy Days. The new space will include a library, kosher kitchen, shul, student lounge and multipurpose space.

Miami's Chabad to build menorah out of cans to help stock Oxford Food Pantry
A menorah can be made out of just about anything, including food cans. Miami students will build a “CANorah” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Phi Delt Gates to celebrate Hanukkah, now through Dec. 10.

Being A Jew At Not-So-Jewish Miami University
"If you're a Jew, why don't you wear the big black hat?"
Since coming to Miami University, I've actually been asked this question multiple times. Being a Jew at Miami is really different from being a Jew from the Northern suburbs of Chicago. Where I grew up, I spent every weekend of seventh grade at multiple Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and here, people don’t even know what those are. Where I grew up, there are temples in every town; here, well, have you ever seen a temple in Oxford? Where I grew up, we don’t have school on major Jewish holidays. Here, that’s not the case.

In face of threats, a call for pride
Rabbi Yossi Greenberg of the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Miami discussed the recent uptick in anti-Semitic threats in a live Facebook video on March 2.
Home away from home at Miami University 
What is the only young Chassidic Jewish couple within the radius of 40 miles doing in Oxford Ohio? The short answer is that Rabbi Yossi and Mushka Greenberg, both Brooklyn natives, have moved to Oxford to open the Chabad Jewish Student Center for the sole purpose of reaching out to the Jewish students of Miami University. Chabad will be joining Hillel on campus to serve the Jewish students of Miami University in Oxford, Oh for the High Holidays.

Jewish students celebrate freedom, Passover
For many Miami students, this weekend marks the return from Spring Break, warmer weather and the beginning of the last leg of the semester. For Jewish students at Miami, this weekend marks the beginning of Passover, a weeklong celebration of the freedom of the Jews from Egyptian bondage and the relevance that exodus still holds today.
A moving truck rolled into Oxford, Ohio in November. Just another day at busy Miami University, where students, faculty and campus staff are often in transition?
Rabbi Yossi Greenberg and his wife, Mushka, are the age of young graduate students or faculty, but these residents of Foxfire Drive have a different look and reason for coming to town: they’ve opened a Chabad House to serve the Miami University community. 
“Hanukah is a holiday of light, and everyone should have light… it’s a chance to take goodness and lightness to make the world a better place.” ~ Chabad Rabbi Yossi Greenberg
Why would Rabbi Yossi and Mushka Greenberg, along with their 10-month-old son, leave their Chassidic community in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., to move around to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio? To establish a Chabad on Campus center, of course!