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Myths & Facts About Chabad

Is what you think about Chabad MYTH or FACT? You may be surprised.  Take a few minutes to browse through these FAQ and you'll have a better
understanding of what Chabad is all about.

MYTH: You have to be religious to participate in programs offered by Chabad.
FACT:Chabad is inclusive and non-judgmental, and our programs are open to all Jews.  In fact, the majority of people who participate in programs at
Chabad are not Orthodox.  The teachings of Chabad 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 Chabad functions.
MYTH: Chabad's goal is to make me religious.
FACT: Chabad is not out to make one religious.  Chabad 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.  Chabad invites you to explore the
complex areas of Jewish religion, tradition, and practice in an open-minded and non-judgmental atmosphere.  All of Chabad's classes, programs, and
services are designed to heighten the awareness and lend valuable insight into one's heritage, traditions, religious practice, laws and rituals.  Each
individual is invited to participate, study, and learn.  Each individual makes his or her own respective religious lifestyle decisions at his or her own pace.
Each mitzvah stands on its own as an important step in ones personal growth.
MYTH: Chabad does not consider Reform, Conservative, or non-practicing Jews as "real" Jews.
FACT: Chabad avoids labeling other Jews, since it tends to divide and create barriers between us.  Jewish Law has traditionally considered anyone born of
a Jewish mother or converted in accordance with Halacha to be a Jew, regardless of his or her degree of observance.  The Lubavitcher Rebbe delivered a
stinging rebuke to Orthodox elements in the USA and Israel for publicly belittling non-Orthodox Jews.
MYTH: Chabad does not accept converts.
FACT: Chabad 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 the traditions of Israel, and therefore, 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 most importantly, acceptance of the disciplines and practices of Judaism - all under authorized
rabbinic supervision.
MYTH: Chabad does not support Israel.
FACT: Chabad is deeply involved in defending Israel and its right to exist, throughout all its boundaries.  Many Chabadniks serve in the IDF and others
contribute practical and spiritual support to the troops.  Chabad has over 150 centers in Israel, as well as dozens of educational facilities around the
country.  Lubavitch trained Rabbis often complete their training is Israeli yeshivot. The Rebbe himself encouraged support of the UJA.
MYTH: Women occupy a secondary position in Chabad philosophy.
FACT: Different, yes. Secondary? No! The high standing of Jewish women in Chabad is central to the survival of Judaism. As the cornerstone of Jewish
family life, the woman can attain a profound and meaningful spirituality, one that fulfils her deepest needs and aspirations opening fresh perspectives on
self-understanding, growth and Torah knowledge. Ignorance, misconceptions, and outright myths about Jewish women have prevailed until very recently,
turning many people away from an appreciation of Torah and a traditional Jewish lifestyle. Chabad is working to correct those misconceptions.

To learn more about what we believe,
click here.

EXIT 124: Make a left when you exit the hIghway. (sign towards Goshen). First traffic light is 207  make a right. You will pass a big diner on
your left hand side. Continue straight until the next light. You will bear left (not making a complete left turn) onto North Church St. Go
straight, 2nd building on your right hand side is baby blue. 12 North Church St.
This is the Chabad Center.
EXIT 125:  Left off highway. Right at the first light. Straight till the stop sign (south Church St.). Make a left at the stop sign.  At the light
continue straight. We are right after the light, second building on your right. Baby blue with a menorah outside.
The Rabbi is always available to help with directions. Please call (845) 291-0514
About us

Chabad is an international Jewish organization with over 4,000 institutions world-wide,
inspired by the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
We are dedicated to serving the Jewish community with warmth, joy, and unconditional
love and acceptance for every Jew regardless of affiliation or level of observance.

Our philosophy is that Torah must be presented and experienced in a modern, relevant
context and made available to each individual on their own level. Our mission is to
promote and strengthen Jewish awareness, pride, and observance, by providing
educational, cultural, and social activities in a joyous and casual atmosphere.

To join Chabad is to enjoy an inspiring synthesis of delights for body and soul. Services
are not only about prayers and rituals, but moreover about celebrating one’s Judaism
as a dynamic and enriching community experience; an experience harmoniously shared
by Jews of any and all backgrounds.

In 2003, Chabad headed by Rabbi Meir and Rivkie Borenstein have opened a center
here in Orange County.

Feel free to join any program without any membership or commitment. Come with a
smile and we are delighted to have you. For more information on programs and
activities please contact:

Rabbi Meir & Rivkie Borensteing
12 N. Church St. Goshen, NY
Rabbi Meir & Rivkie Borenstein
12 N. Church St.  Goshen, NY
(845) 291-0514