Frequently Asked Questions About Chabad

What is Chabad-Lubavitch?

Chabad is a worldwide movement that spreads Jewish awareness  offers Jewish education to all who want to learn.Its roots are from a town by the name of Lubavitch which means "city of love".  The word Chabad is an acronym for Chachmah, Binah, Daat, which means wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. Through learning and using our minds, we are able to connect more with an invisible G‑d and our souls. 

Today, over 3,500 Chabad institutions are located in more than 85 countries, with a new center opening on the average of every ten days.

What is a Chabad House or Chabad Center?

The approach of Chabad mirrors the teachings of great Chasidic Rabbi's: Look past the outward person and trust in the soul deep inside, love unconditionally, live with joy and be there for your friends and neighbors.

A Chabad House or center is established to help facilitate all of the above. A Chabad House will generally host classes, lectures, and workshops on Jewish topics; offer prayer services; Shabbat meals; youth programming; and special events as needed in that community. Counseling, servicing the special need community and programming for those with disabilities and mental health conditions, and other volunteer services are common. Chabad communities are full of connection, warmth, love and joy.

Do I need to be observant to participate or join?

Chabad is inclusive and non-judgmental, and our programs are open to all of all backgrounds and affiliation. 

Is the goal of Chabad to make others observant?

Chabad is not out to make anyone observant. Chabad is an educational organization dedicated to helping every Jew, regardless of background, affiliation, or personal level of observance. Chabad invites you to explore your Judaism in an open-minded and non-judgmental atmosphere. You are invited to participate and study any area or program you choose, and make your own Jewish lifestyle decisions.

Do women occupy a secondary position in Chabad philosophy?  

 Secondary? No! The high standing of Jewish women in Chabad is central to the survival of Judaism. Anyone who has met a Chabad Rebbetzin knows how integral they are to our success. The Jewish mother is the cornerstone of Jewish family life and to the future of the Jewish people. We offer many classes and programs just for women who are looking to attain a profound and meaningful spirituality, with fresh perspectives on self-understanding, growth and Torah knowledge. 

Does Chabad support Israel?  

Chabad is deeply involved in defending Israel and its right to exist, throughout all its boundaries. Many Chabad people serve in the IDF and others contribute practical and spiritual support to the troops. Chabad has over 200 centers in Israel, as well as dozens of educational facilities around the country.

Is the Chabad Center for Jewish Life financed by its headquarters in New York?   

Many people believe that Chabad services are funded by the Chabad Lubavitcher International organization but that is not the case. We are fortunate enough to be able to provide services because of our community of supporters and our fundraising efforts.