Chabad UK is dedicated to providing every Jew regardless of background, philosophy or level of commitment, an open door environment for strengthening and enhancing Jewish family life. Chabad UK serves individuals and families looking for an anchor and non-judgmental, accepting, personalised Jewish experience.
Chabad UK offers "Judaism with a Smile," and a home away from home for everyone who walks through its doors. Moshiach NOW!
Chaim Yitzchok Cohen
Founder and Hon Executive Director
Our Chabad House is a home away from home, where we come together to learn and to
grow. It is a place to inspire your family and to develop new friendships.
IF I AM NOT OBSERVANT, AM I WELCOME AT CHABAD?
Yes, of course!
Chabad is inclusive and non-judgmental, and we are open to all. There are no prerequisites
for getting involved with Chabad, whether you are affiliated or not, have much Jewish
background or none, you are always welcome.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF CHABAD?
Chabad is an educational organisation dedicated to helping every Jew, regardless of
background, affiliation, or personal level of observance, to increase their level of Jewish
knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment. Chabad invites you to explore the complex areas
of Jewish religion, tradition, and practice in an open-minded and non-judgmental
atmosphere. Each individual is invited to participate, study, and learn. Each individual makes
his or her own respective religious lifestyle decisions at his or her own pace. Each mitzvah
stands on its own as an important step in one's personal growth.
WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO?
Don't worry, everyone is learning and we each begin some place. What better place to learn
than at Chabad, where our doors and minds are always open for questions and study.
IS IT OKAY TO PRAY IN ENGLISH AT CHABAD?
Yes, our prayerbooks have both Hebrew and English, and some have Russian, so you can
pray in the language in which you feel most comfortable. Learning and discussion take place
in English - so you'll understand everything that's going on.
DOES CHABAD CONSIDER "NOT-PRACTICING" JEWS AS REAL JEWS?
Certainly. A Jew is a Jew is a Jew – period. Chabad avoids labelling other Jews since it
tends to divide and create barriers between us. We have one Torah, we are one People, and
we have one G‑d. Chabad endeavours to bring unity among the Jewish community.
ALL THIS IS GREAT, BUT HOW DO I JOIN?
Joining Chabad is simple! Just come on by.
Everyone who is interested in exploring Judaism and who wants to experience the joy of
being Jewish is welcome. Even our High Holiday Services do not require membership or
tickets. Walk into a Shabbat Service, or holiday event, and you will immediately feel at home.
Following its inception 250 years ago, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement — a branch of Hasidism — swept through Russia and spread in surrounding countries as well. It provided scholars with answers that eluded them and simple farmers with a love that had been denied of them. Eventually the philosophy of Chabad-Lubavitch and its adherents reached almost every corner of the world and affected almost every facet of Jewish life.
The movement is guided by the teachings of its seven leaders (“Rebbes”), beginning with Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, of righteous memory (1745-1812). These leaders expounded upon the most refined and delicate aspects of Jewish mysticism, creating a corpus of study thousands of books strong.
They personified the age-old, Biblical qualities of piety and leadership; they concerned themselves not only with Chabad-Lubavitch, but with the totality of Jewish life, spiritual and physical. No person or detail was too small or insignificant for their love and dedication.
In our generation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson King Moshiach May he live forever (1902-today), known simply as “the Rebbe,” guided post-holocaust Jewry to safety from the ravages of that devastation.
The origins of today’s Chabad-Lubavitch organisation can be traced to the early 1940’s when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of righteous memory (1880-1950), appointed his son-in-law and later successor, The Rebbe, to head the newly-founded educational and social service arms of the movement.
Motivated by his profound love for every Jew and spurred by his boundless optimism and self-sacrifice, the Rebbe set into motion a dazzling array of programs, services and institutions to serve every Jew.
Today 4,000 full-time emissary families apply 250 year-old principles and philosophy to direct more than 3,300 institutions (and a workforce that numbers in the tens of thousands) dedicated to the welfare of the Jewish people worldwide.
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