Q: What is Chabad? A: Chabad is a worldwide movement whose sole mission is to educate, inspire, and help every Jew increase their level of Jewish knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment. Focusing on the inherent holiness of each and every Jew; Chabad welcomes every individual with complete love and acceptance regardless of affiliation, level of observance, or Judaic knowledge.
Q: Do I have to be Orthodox to participate in programs offered by Chabad? A: Absolutely not! At Chabad there are no labels; we are all Just Jewish. Chabad is inclusive and non-judgmental, and our programs are open to all. There are no prerequisites for getting involved with Chabad. 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. Come as you are; you automatically belong!
Q: What happens if I don't know what to do at services or at a holiday celebration? A: Don't worry. One of the exciting things about Chabad is that there are so many different types of people who participate. Ours is a culture that respects learning and growth; there is always someone willing to help you.
Q: Is the goal of Chabad to make me Orthodox? A: Chabad is not out to make anyone anything. We are dedicated to helping people grow however they want and at their own pace. Each individual makes their own religious lifestyle decisions. Every mitzvah stands on its own as an important step in one’s personal growth.
Q: Does Chabad consider non-practicing Jews as "real" Jews? A: A Jew is a Jew is a Jew – period. At Chabad we don't label ourselves and we don't label others. Labels tend to divide and create barriers between us. We have one Torah, we are one People, and we have one G-d. Chabad endeavors to bring unity among the Jewish community.
Q: How does Chabad support itself? A: All funding for Chabad programs comes from the local community. We have no dues nor assessments; we are supported by the generous free-will giving of our local friends. No funds are received from Chabad Headquarters nor are any locally raised funds sent to Chabad Headquarters.
Q: All this is great, but how do I join? A: Joining Chabad is simple - just come on by! To join our mailing list, fill out our contact us form
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