addition to serving as the representative office in our nation's
capital of the international Chabad-Lubavitch movement - and thus being
directly responsible for events and activities of national and
international reach and significance - the Washington Office offers an
array of interesting and inspiring programs which reach out to Jewish
people of all backgrounds and affiliations.
in the 18th century by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Laidi, the
Chabad-Lubavitch movement has always been a strong advocate of emphasis
on education. Chabad Chassidism teaches that devotion to G-d should be
blended with study and intellectual understanding of truth.
teachings of Chabad are based on the Torah - the Written and Oral Law.
Implicit in Chabad Chassidism is a universal message for all people
that worship of G-d requires intellectual discipline as well as sincere
faith, and therefore, that belief should be accompanied by the
scholarly pursuit of wisdom.
philosophy of the Lubavitcher movement is founded upon the significance
of three basic intellectual elements; Chochmah (wisdom), Binah
(understanding) and Daath (knowledge), forming the hebrew acronym of
"Chabad". Because the leaders of Chabad - the Rebbes - resided until
1916 in the Russian town of Lubavitch (literally translated as "city of
brotherly love"), Chabad became known as the "Chabad-Lubavitch
movement" and its leader as the "Lubavitcher Rebbe."
the leadership of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M.
Schneerson, of blessed memory, the movement expanded profoundly across
the United States and internationally.
the success of Chabad-Lubavitch is multi-faceted. Educational
institutions vary from early childhood programs, elementary and
secondary schools, to day and overnight summer camps, rabbinical
colleges, teacher's seminaries and extensive adult and senior citizen's
of volumes and pieces of Jewish literature are published throughout the
year, appealing in dozens of languages to people of all ages and levels
of learning and observance.
employs cutting edge technology in its educational work, using new and
innovative methods to bring Jewish learning and knowledge to all who
seek it, wherever they may be, geographically or in terms of identity
and communal involvement.
service initiatives of Chabad-Lubavitch also run the gamut, from
counseling, crisis intervention, and drug rehabilitation, to food and
job banks, community assistance and immigrant resettlement programs.
has also developed very successful chaplaincy programs, reaching out to
Jewish men and women in the Armed Forces, hospitals and prisons, and
providing crucial assistance to their families who are often so alone
of Chabad-Lubavitch is welcomed by so many who have become estranged or
distant from the Jewish faith and the Jewish people. On campuses all
across America, students find the spirit of Shabbat, Jewish identity
programs, and a sense of belonging, due to the dedicated work and
spectacular programming of open and welcoming Chabad-Lubavitch centers.
mitzvah programs are legendary, encouraging Jews everwhere on their
journey, mitzvah (positive good deed) by mitzvah, towards a sense of
greater awareness of their Jewishness.
thousands of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries and staff around the world
continue to seek new avenues and locations to serve their Jewish
brothers and sisters, regardless of affiliation.