Is what you think about Lubavitch


You may be surprised!

MYTH: You have to be Orthodox to participate in programs offered by Lubavitch.

FACT: Lubavitch is inclusive and non-judgmental, and our programs are open to all Jews. In fact, the vast majority of people who participate in programs at Lubavitch are not Orthodox. The teachings of Lubavitch are imbued with the renowned Chassidic spirit and joy, but in no way is the commitment to a religious lifestyle a prerequisite to one's acceptance at Lubavitch functions. In fact, the programs and projects of Lubavitch are designed specifically to meet the needs of the unaffiliated.

MYTH: Lubavitch's goal is to make you Orthodox.

FACT: Lubavitch is not here to make you Orthodox. Lubavitch 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.

Lubavitch invites you to explore all areas of Judaism; WhatToExpectAtChabad.gifits traditions and practices, in an open-minded and non-judgmental setting. Ask the difficult questions. Get honest, useful answers, that are thought-provoking and never patronizing.

Our programs and services are designed to educate and lend valuable insight into; our heritage, traditions, religious practice, laws and rituals. Every Jew is invited to participate, learn and grow, at his or her own pace.

MYTH: Lubavitch does not consider Reform, Conservative, or non-practicing Jews as "real" Jews.

FACT: Heaven forefend! A Jew is a Jew is a Jew. Period.

Level of observance is not a factor in one’s “Jewishness.” In fact, Lubavitch avoids labeling Jews altogether, since it serves only to divide and create barriers between us. The Lubavitcher Rebbe delivered a stinging rebuke to ‘Orthodox’ elements in the USA and Israel for publicly belittling non-Orthodox Jews.

MYTH: Lubavitch does not accept converts.

FACT: Lubavitch follows traditional Jewish Law which states that any non-Jew who feels sincerely convinced of the beauty and relevance of Torah; who is prepared to follow Jewish tradition and wishes to join the community of Israel, is welcomed as a convert. The conversion process requires immersion in a kosher Mikvah, circumcision for men, and – of course – acceptance of the disciplines and practices of Judaism, all under the guidance of a qualified Rabbi well versed in Torah law.

MYTH: Lubavitch does not support the state of Israel.

FACT: Lubavitch, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe in particular, strongly support Israel and is deeply involved in defending its value and right - or more appropriately, its obligation - to exist. Many Chabadnicks 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. Lubavitch trained Rabbis often complete their training in Israeli Yeshivot.

MYTH:Lubavitch is financed by its headquarters in New York.

FACT: It is the policy of the worldwide Chabad Lubavitch movement that each center is supported by the community it serves. Funding for local Lubavitch programs is solicited locally. None of the money contributed in Yardley is sent to headquarters in New York. All funds donated remain right here in our community. Likewise, we do not receive funding from a central fund. Rather, we are supported by those who benefit from our services.