Chabad AU was founded in 2012 to make the rich spectrum of the Jewish intellectual and religious tradition more accessible, and help people to understand that while this tradition is ancient and often seems unfamiliar and esoteric it continues to be deeply relevant to all humanity. By studying Jewish texts and engaging in Jewish rituals with due seriousness, sensitivity and open-mindedness, we can reap hugely insightful benefits that are applicable in a whole range of social, psychological and philosophical arenas. We are able to discover something more fundamental about meaning, identity and the purpose of existence.
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 to eat, meet new friends from every niche of the campus community, and celebrate Shabbat in a spiritual and intellectually stimulating manner. Creative Holiday programs raise Jewish consciousness and pride throughout the community. Lectures and classes on Jewish law, philosophy, & ethics teach the relevance and the depth of our beautiful heritage to our 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 AU has been their first positive Jewish experience. Leaders on campuses have expressed wonder at Chabad on Campus's ability to seamlessly bring together a diverse community of undergraduates, faculty, and Jews of all backgrounds on an ongoing basis. Hundreds of students have had their connection to Judaism deepened because of the work of Chabad.