With the vision to open the door of Judaism to all Jewish students and
faculty on the Harvard campus, we have established The Chabad House, a
place where Jews of all backgrounds and degrees of observance can enjoy
exploring their Jewish heritage in a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental
environment. With both an active student organization and Jewish chaplain
status, Chabad is committed to try and reach every Jew.
It's our core belief that every individual Jew has an indispensable contribution
to make to the totality of the Jewish people. Predicated on the Mitzvah
of "Ahavat Yisrael - love of a fellow Jew," Chabad seeks to
engage fellow Jews at their own pace and comfort level through innovative
educational programs in all areas of Jewish life.
Among our programs, we host weekly Shabbat dinners that provide Jewish
students an intimate setting in which to eat, meet new friends from every niche
of the Harvard campus, and celebrate Shabbat in a spiritual and intellectual
stimulating manner. Creative Holiday programs on the Harvard campus raise
Jewish consciousness and pride throughout the community. Lectures and
classes on Jewish law, philosophy, and ethics, teach the relevance and
share the beauty and depth of our heritage to our leadership community.
We continue to meet with students individually around the clock.
Our efforts to engage the unaffiliated, and increase the opportunities
for the affiliated, have been met with incredible success. For many, Chabad
at Harvard has been their first positive Jewish experience. Leaders on
campus have expressed wonder at Chabad's ability to seamlessly bring together
a diverse community of undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and Jews of
all backgrounds on an ongoing basis. Thousands of students have had their
connection to Judaism deepened because of the work of Chabad.
Being that we interact primarily with a student community, we provide
all our programs and services free of charge. No one is ever turned away.
The support for our programs comes solely from alumni, parents and friends.
By The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory. For
a glimpse into the Rebbe, click here.