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Chabad of Humboldt is dedicated to providing every Jew regardless of philosophy, affiliation, level of awareness or commitment, an open door environment for strengthening and enhancing Jewish life. Chabad serves individuals and families looking for a non-judgmental, accepting and personalized Jewish experience.

Chabad of Humboldt is enthusiastic about offering meaningful Jewish experience, education and renewal opportunities for all Jewish men, women and children.

Chabad of Humboldt offers Judaism with a smile, and a home away from home for everyone who walks through its doors.

Q. What is Chabad?

A. Chabad of Humboldt is one of nearly 3,000 branches of today's largest international organization involved with Jewish education and outreach programs.

Chabad and Lubavitch are in fact synonomous terms referrring to the same organization. Embracing the philosophy of the Chabad Lubavitch Movement, which originated in the town of Lubavitch in White Russia during the 18th century, Chabad's underlying doctrine is "Ahavat Yisrael" (love for a fellow Jew). Chabad recognizes no differences between Jews; its goal is to serve the spiritual and physical needs of each Jew regardless of affiliation, wherever he or she may be, with understanding and with love.

By means of a rare combination that blends traditional Judaism with modern day techniques, Chabad has found the formula to develop a rapport with the most alienated of Jews and to enhance their outlook. By arousing an intellectual and/or emotional interest in our faith, Chabad has become the catalyst to connect Jews with their Jewish roots and revive the sparks of Jewish consciousness in the hearts and minds of each Jew.

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 to try one or all of our programs. We are here to serve you and we will do our best to help you and your family. You do not have to be a member at Chabad, you do not even have to agree with everything Chabad says or does - you just have to be Jewish - and you automatically belong.

Q: Do you have to be Orthodox to participate in programs offered by Chabad?

A: Chabad is inclusive and non-judgmental, and our programs are open to all Jews. In fact, the majority of people who participate in programs at Chabad are not Orthodox. The teachings of Chabad are imbued with the renowned Chassidic spirit and joy, but in no way is the commitment to an Orthodox lifestyle a prerequisite to one's acceptance at Chabad functions.

Q: Is the goal of Chabad to make me Orthodox?

A: Chabad is not out to make one Orthodox. Chabad is an educational organization 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. All of Chabad's classes, programs, and services are designed to heighten the awareness and lend valuable insight into one's heritage, traditions, religious practice, laws and rituals. 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 ones personal growth.

Q: Does Chabad consider Reform, Conservative, or non-practicing Jews as "real" Jews?

A: A Jew is a Jew is a Jew – period. Chabad avoids labeling other Jews, since it tends to divide and create barriers between us. Jewish Law has traditionally considered anyone born of a Jewish mother or converted in accordance with Halacha to be a Jew, regardless of his or her degree of observance. We have one Torah, we are one People, and we have one G‑d. Chabad endeavors to bring unity among the Jewish community through our common bond of Jewish faith and observance.

Q: Does Chabad support Israel?

A: Chabad is deeply involved in defending Israel and its right to exist, throughout all its boundaries. Many Chabadniks serve in the IDF and others contribute practical and spiritual support to the troops. Chabad has over 200 centers in Israel, as well as dozens of educational facilities around the country. Chabad trained Rabbis often complete their training is Israeli yeshivot. The Rebbe himself encouraged support of the UJA.

Q: Is the Chabad of Humboldt financed by its headquarters in New York?

A: It is Chabad's policy that each center is supported by the community it serves. All funding for local Chabad programs is solicited locally. No funds are received from Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters nor are any locally raised funds sent to Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters in New York. All funds donated remain right here in our community.


Services we provide:

Campus Chabad House Campus Chabad House Synagogue Synagogue Library Library
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Instruction Bar/Bat Mitzvah Instruction Bat Mitzvah Club Bat Mitzvah Club Holiday Awareness Programs Holiday Awareness Programs
Communal Lectures Communal Lectures Mezuzah and Tefillin Checking Mezuzah and Tefillin Checking Mommy and Me Mommy and Me
One-on-One Study One-on-One Study Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair Accessible Drug & Alcohol Prevention Drug & Alcohol Prevention
Hands-on Holiday Programming Hands-on Holiday Programming Anti-Cult & Missionary Anti-Cult & Missionary Kitchen Koshering Kitchen Koshering
Hospital Visitation Hospital Visitation Prison Visitation Prison Visitation Prison Chaplaincy Prison Chaplaincy
Regular Classes Regular Classes Seniors Visitation Seniors Visitation Marriage Prep Marriage Prep
Funeral Services Funeral Services Women's Group Women's Group Publications Publications
Mezuzah Loans/Service Mezuzah Loans/Service Shabbat/Holiday Hospitality Shabbat/Holiday Hospitality    
Bar Mitzvah Club Bar Mitzvah Club Addiction and Recovery Addiction and Recovery Adult Education Adult Education

 

Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today. What is its approach? Where did it begin? What has it accomplished? Find out here.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of righteous memory, the seventh leader in the Chabad-Lubavitch dynasty, is considered to have been the most phenomenal Jewish personality of modern times. To hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of sympathizers and admirers around the world, he was -- and still is, despite his passing -- "the Rebbe"
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