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.
Chabad on Iceland
Chabad Jewish Center of Iceland was established in 2018 by Rabbi Avraham and Mushky Feldman. The Feldman's work together with the local Jews who kept Judaism in Iceland active for decades. The Feldman's are dedicated to creating opportunities for Jewish celebration and community. In 2021, following a team effort, Iceland officially recognized the Jewish community.
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.
What do rabbis do on a regular day?
Click here to watch A day in the life of a rabbi in Iceland.
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 are Chabad reps appointed?
In the early days the Rebbe would ask couples to go to particular places. More recently Chabad rabbis and rebbetzins identify a place where there is a need for more Jewish activities. They must then receive approval from the local Chabad in the region, or from Chabad HQ, in the cases where no local Chabad exists.