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Rohr Chabad House

21 Chetwynd Rd., Somerville, MA

Turn onto Chetwynd Rd. across from Fletcher Field. We're the 4th house down on the right side.

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Shabbat Dinner every Friday at 6:45pm

(services at 6pm)

Free and welcome to anyone!

You can find other events above and on our Facebook page.

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Rohr Chabad House Serving Tufts University

21 Chetwynd Road • Somerville, MA 02144


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Chabad Lubavitch

Guided by the leadership, teachings and inspiration of the Lubavitcher Rebbe of blessed memoryChabad Lubavitch has set the dictum of “Love thy fellow as thyself” as the defining factor in its liberal approach of unconditional acceptance of fellow Jewish people regardless of their age, level of

observance or affiliations.

 

While sharing and teaching the depth and beauty of Judaism, every individual is

encouraged to appreciate the depth of our heritage at their own comfortable pace.


As the world's largest Jewish educational and outreach organization and a vibrant

force in global Jewish life, its activities have touched the lives of millions of Jews.

 

With close to 4,000 representatives directing educational, social and religious

institutions worldwide, there isn't a Jewish community in the world that has not been

positively affected by its work.


To that end, Rabbi Hirshy Zarchi, director of the Chabad House at Harvard, approached Rabbi Tzvi and Chanie Backman to establish a center to serve the Jewish community at Tufts.

The Philosophy

Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today.  The word "Chabad" is a Hebrew acronym for the three intellectual faculties of: chachmah-wisdom, binah-comprehension and da'at-knowledge. The movement's system of Jewish religious philosophy, the deepest dimension of G‑d's Torah, teaches understanding and recognition of the Creator, the role and purpose of Creation, and the importance and unique mission of each Creature. This philosophy guides a person to refine and govern his and her every act and feeling through wisdom, comprehension and knowledge.  The word "Lubavitch" is the name of the town in White Russia where the movement was based for more than a century. Appropriately, the word Lubavitch in Russian means the "city of brotherly love." The name Lubavitch conveys the essence of the responsibility and love engendered by the Chabad philosophy toward every single Jew.

The Movement

Following its inception 250 years ago, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement — a branch of Hasidism — swept through Russia and spread in surrounding countries as well. It provided scholars with answers that eluded them and simple farmers with a love that had been denied of them. Eventually the philosophy of Chabad-Lubavitch and its adherents reached almost every corner of the world and affected almost every facet of Jewish life.

Leadership:  

 

The movement is guided by the teachings of its seven leaders ("Rebbe's"), beginning with Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, of righteous memory (1745-1812). These leaders expounded upon the most refined and delicate aspects of Jewish mysticism, creating a corpus of study thousands of books strong. They personified the age-old, Biblical qualities of piety and leadership. And they concerned themselves not only with Chabad-Lubavitch, but with the totality of Jewish life, spiritual and physical. No person or detail was too small or insignificant for their love and dedication.

In our generation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of righteous memory (1902-1994), known simply as "the Rebbe," guided post-holocaust Jewry to safety from the ravages of that devastation.

 

The Organization

The origins of today's Chabad-Lubavitch organization can be traced to the early 1940's when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of righteous memory (1880-1950), appointed his son-in-law and later successor, Rabbi Menachem Mendel, to head the newly-founded educational and social service arms of the movement.

 

Motivated by his profound love for every Jew and spurred by his boundless optimism and self-sacrifice, the Rebbe set into motion a dazzling array of programs, services and institutions to serve every Jew.

Today 4,000 full-time emissary families apply 250 year-old principles and philosophy to direct more than 3,300 institutions (and a workforce that numbers in the tens of thousands) dedicated to the welfare of the Jewish people worldwide.