Rabbi Yossi Brackman was born and raised in London England, where he received his education at the Lubavitch House Schools. Throughout his teenage years Yossi spent his vacations organizing and directing communal programs and children’s camps in many cities and countries, from his hometown of London, England to Seattle, Washington, and New York.
Included in this period was a memorable and moving Pesach spent with Jewish children in the former Soviet Union in Denepropetrovsk, Ukraine.
In 1997 he was instrumental in founding the Lubavitch Mesivta of Chicago for Rabbinical students on Chicago’s North Side.
It was in Chicago that he completed his studies and received rabbinical ordination.
Baila Brackman, herself a native of Chicago, received her higher education at the Ohel Chana Seminary of Melbourne, Australia, where she organized many children’s programs and communal events. Baila has traveled the world teaching and helping Jews in places like Munich, Germany and Riga, Latvia, and of course in her home city of Chicago.
After their marriage in 1999, Yossi and Baila traveled to Shanghai, China where they served the needs of the Shanghai Jewish Community and directed communal activities there for a short while.
In February of 2001, the Brackmans moved to Hyde Park and operated the Chabad Jewish Center out of a small apartment on Kimbark Ave. In May of 2003, they purchased a home at the corner of 57th Street and Kimbark which also served as the Chabad Jewish Center.
Finally, in December 2010, Chabad moved out of the Brackman home and into 5700 S. Woodlawn, what is now known as the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Learning.
The Brackman’s have five wonderful children, Mussie, Esther, Shmulie, Zelda and Mendel who like to help their parents at every opportunity.