What is Chabad?

Chabad is a worldwide movement for all Jews, irrespective of race, age, and gender. Its roots are in White Russia (modern-day Belarus) in a small town named Lubavitch. The word Chabad is an acronym for Chachmah, Binah, Daas, which means wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.

Simply put, Chabad's message is "don't just think it, do it". Chabad Houses can be found in every part of the world, from Tasmania to Russia, from Hawaii to Bangkok. Today, there are over 2600 Chabad centers in 46 states and 60 countries.

What does Chabad do at UChicago?

Chabad helps fulfill the social, cultural, educational, and spiritual needs of Jewish students on campus. We provide kosher Shabbat and holiday meals free of charge to all students (and happen to think that they’re the best meals in town!). Rabbi Yossi Brackman is ready to answer your questions about Judaism, whether they be historical trivia or serious religious dilemmas. Most importantly, Chabad aims to be your all-purpose home away from home.

Do only “religious” people attend Chabad?

Chabad is a place for all Jews regardless of their personal affiliation. Many of the students who come to Chabad are not observant, while others have extensive Jewish education. The truth is that a Jew is a Jew, and beyond that classification, labels are meaningless. One of the exciting things about Chabad is the chance to meet Jews from all walks of life. For more information about this philosophy, you can read the article, “Was Moses Orthodox?”

All this is great, but how do I join?

There are no shortage of ways to get involved. Stop by the Center any time at 5700 S Woodlawn Ave, and like our Facebook page for more information. Email us at Chabad@uchicago.edu or click here to be added to our email list and learn more about the resources available for you.

How much time do I need to dedicate to Chabad activities?

At Chabad we understand that college students have very busy lives. Some students visit for only a few minutes, while others stay for a few hours. Of course, student leaders can expect to be more active - email us if you are interested in applying.