Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Chabad?
A: Chabad is a worldwide movement that spreads Jewish awareness to all Jews, men and women, old and young. Its roots are in White Russia in a small town by the name of Lubavitch. Chabad helped revitalise Judaism with an emphasis on living Judaism with joy and authenticity. Chabad Houses can be found in every part of the world, such as, Tasmania, Russia, Hawaii, and Bangkok and in each one of those places Chabad is doing everything it can to help Jews lead a more meaningful Jewish life. Today, there are over 2700 Chabad centers in 44 states and 60 countries.

Q: What does Chabad do on campus?
A: Chabad helps provide Jewish students with their social, cultural and educational spiritual needs. Chabad provides kosher Shabbat and holiday meals free of charge to students that are legendary. Chabad's Rabbi Mendel has incredible knowledge in many areas of Judaism, is ready to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Most importantly, Chabad is your home away from home.

Q: Do only religious people come to Chabad?
A: Ha! Chabad is a place for all Jews regardless of their affiliations or ties. Many of the students who come to Chabad are not religious, some with a little Jewish education, and others with none at all.

Q: What happens if I don't know what to do?
A: Don't worry, everyone is learning and one has to start sometime, and what better place than at Chabad? There is always someone willing to help you.

Q: What purpose do the labels 'Orthodox', 'Conservative' and 'Reform' serve?
A: The truth is that a Jew is truly a Jew, and that G‑d truly wants a Jew to do Mitzvot. Beyond that, labels are totally meaningless at best, and at worst, divisive. Read the article "Was Moses Orthodox?" for more.

Q: All this is great, but how do I join?
A: We're open to every Jewish student that moves! Email Rabbi Mendel at [email protected] if you want to be added to our email list and find out about all the exciting programs and resources we have available for you.

Q: But wait! How much does it cost?
A: Usually nothing! Just bring yourself and lots of friends! Of course, student leaders can expect to be more active. Email us if you are interested in applying to be a student leader.

Q: So how much time do I have to dedicate to Chabad activities?
A: College students have very busy lives and this is completely understood. Some students come to dinner and stay for a few minutes while others stay for a few hours. Everyone is welcome.