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FACT - Chabad is a worldwide movement that spreads
Jewish awareness to all Jews. The word Chabad is an acronym for Chachmah,
Binah, Daas, which means wisdom, understanding, & knowledge. Simply put, Chabad's
message is "don't just think it, do it". This is what Chabad
does. Chabad Houses can be found in every part of the world. There are
over 2600 Chabad centers in 46 states & 60 countries.
MYTH: You have to be "Orthodox" to participate in programs offered by Chabad.
FACT - Our programs are open to all. In fact, the
vast majority of people who participate in our programs are not "Orthodox" and
in no way is the commitment to an Orthodox lifestyle a prerequisite
to one's acceptance at Chabad functions.
MYTH: Chabad's goal is to make me Orthodox.
FACT - We are not out to make anyone Orthodox.
Chabad invites you to explore your tradition & practice in an open-minded & non-judgmental
atmosphere. Each individual is invited to participate, study, & learn
and to make his or her own respective religious, lifestyle decisions
at his or her own pace.
MYTH: Chabad does not consider Reform, Conservative, or non-practicing Jews as "real" Jews.
FACT - We prefer not to label other Jews, since it tends to divide & create artificial barriers between us. In fact, the leader of Chabad worldwide, the Lubavitcher Rebbe delivered a stinging rebuke to Orthodox elements in the USA & Israel for publicly belittling non-Orthodox Jews.
MYTH: Chabad does not support the state of Israel.
FACT - Chabad, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe in particular, strongly support Israel & is deeply involved in defending its value & right to exist.
Many "Chabadniks" serve in the Israeli Defense Forces & others contribute practical & spiritual support to the troops. Lubavitch trained Rabbis, including Rabbi Yossi Kulek, often complete their training in Israeli Yeshivas.
Chabad has a network of over 220 centers throughout the length& breath of Israel.