What is Chabad?
Chabad is a philosophy and style of Judaism within mainstream Jewish tradition. Chabad is about exploring our rich Jewish heritage and the deepest layers of the Torah, sharing love and care for each individual, and discovering the positivity and G-dliness embedded in every part of the world.
How did Chabad start?
Chabad was established in the 18th century in the town of Liadi, Russia. The founder, Rabbi Schneur Zalman, taught the deepest layers of Judaism and brought deep appreciation, meaning and joy to Jewish traditions and customs. Beginning in the 1950s, under the leadership of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (the Rebbe), Chabad became a worldwide movement, caring for the spiritual and physical needs of Jews all around the world.
What kind of people show up at Chabad?
In a Chabad House you will find people from all walks of life and people of all backgrounds. Chabad is a space where everyone is welcome to celebrate Judaism in a non judgmental environment.
How long is the rabbi and rebbetzin's term?
Chabad rabbis and rebbetzins become permanent members of their communities and plan to continue serving their communities for life.
How do people become Chabad rabbis and rebbetzins? Do they sign up and Chabad HQ just sends them someplace?
In the early days the Rebbe would ask individuals to go to particular places. More recently Chabad rabbis and rebbetzins search for a place where there is a need for more Jewish activities and where they feel they can make a difference. Once they find such a place, they must receive approval from the local Chabad in the region, or from Chabad HQ, in the cases where no local Chabad exists.
How are Chabad Houses funded?
Each Chabad House is responsible for its own activities and for its own budget. Chabad Houses and Chabad rabbis and rebbetzins are not supported by any central office. It is thanks to generous friends like you who make the activities of Chabad possible.