Chabad of Orange County

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.
Rabbi Meir & Rivkie Borenstein
Chabad of Orange County
12 N. Church St
Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 291-0514

chabadoc@aol.com
Chabad Center Of Orange County
"Where Every Jew is Family"