Vision: With the vision to open the door of Judaism to all Jewish students and faculty on the Oberlin 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 an active student organization, Chabad is committed to try and reach every Jew.
Philosophy: 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 "Ahavas 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.
Unity: In line with the greater vision and philosophy of Chabad we hope to deepen the sense of community amongst the Jewish population at Oberlin. We want to emphasize that each individual and group has their path to connecting with the Divine, yet we retain a collective responsibility toward one another and the greater Oberlin community.
Programs: Among our programs, we host weekly Shabbos dinners that provide Jewish students an intimate setting to eat, meet new friends from every niche of the Oberlin campus, and celebrate Shabbat in a spiritual and intellectually stimulating manner. Creative Holiday programs on the Oberlin 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.
Impact: Our efforts to engage the unaffiliated, and increase the opportunities for the affiliated, have been met with incredible success. For many, Chabad at Oberlin 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, faculty, and Jews of all backgrounds on an ongoing basis. Many students have had their connection to Judaism deepened because of the work of Chabad.
Funding: 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.
Inspired: By The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory. For a glimpse into the Rebbe, click here.