- Social & Humanitarian
- The Rebbe
The last decades of the 20st century, from the end of the fall of communism to Israel's role as a player in the global economy, left many Jewish organizations unexpectedly faced with an identity crisis. The impetus for their existence no longer relevant, they have been scrambling for a new spin on their fundraising campaigns. Happily, Jewish continuity has finally made it high on their agendas.
But at Chabad-Lubavitch, a movement that derives its impulse and inspiration from a passion for Judaism and a love for Jewish people, the call has always been the same. Governments fall, the map is rearranged, and Chabad-Lubavitch never stops responding to the call of the Jewish soul. Indeed, Jewish continuity is not an item on our agenda. It is our agenda. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
For more than half a century in the United States, Chabad-Lubavitch has singularly championed Jewish continuity. Pioneering the broadest range of Jewish outreach activities?including the vibrant Jewish Day School system in America and beyond?it is the only Jewish organization to have established an international base of human resources so vast in scope, that it has the ability to facilitate the most dramatic and innovative outreach programs worldwide.
Through the diverse activities of Chabad-Lubavitch institutions, Jewish life has achieved a level of visibility and viability unlike any it has known in recent history. Our international network of some 4,000 Chabad-Lubavitch centers in more than 50 countries around the world has put a living Jewish community within the reach of any Jew, nearly anywhere on the globe, ensuring universal Jewish awareness with the promise of Jewish continuity.
"Lubavitch" in Russian means the "city of brotherly love." It conveys the responsibility and love engendered by Chabad toward every single Jew.
Chabad-Lubavitch is a vibrant, dynamic force in Jewish life, and its programs touch the lives of millions of people affect Jewish life in every community.
Some have termed outreach kiruv rechokim, drawing close those who are distant. Lubavitch comments: No Jew should be characterized as distant, for, in essence, we are one.
Radiating a keen sense of urgency, the Rebbe demanded much from his followers, and even more from himself, the Rebbe lead, above else, by example.
The term Ohel (lit. "tent") refers to the structure built over the resting place of a Tzaddik, a righteous person. It is also known as "The Tziyun," or "marker."
They are a team. Husband and wife. Shliach and shlucha. They are the emissaries of the Rebbe, the representatives of Lubavitch, the messengers of Chabad.
On Wall Street in New York, in London's Picadilly Circus, and in Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Square, Jewish pride and Jewish precepts came out of the closest forever.