What is Chabad?

Chabad is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today.

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 origins of today’s Chabad-Lubavitch organization can be traced to the early 1940s, 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 over 4,500 full-time emissary families apply 250-year-old principles and philosophy to direct more than 3,500 institutions (and a workforce that numbers in the tens of thousands) dedicated to the welfare of the Jewish people worldwide.


The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson


Chabad of Scarsdale

Since launching Chabad of Scarsdale, we've come with a mission to make the beauty and light of Judaism readily available to every single Jew who seeks it. The very first Jews, Abraham and Sarah, had a tent with an open door on each side. They welcomed passerby from all walks of life into their desert home. There they would find a ready meal, and learn about their creator. With this, Abraham and Sarah set the tone for their descendants. They taught us of the importance of giving and sharing with others, whether spiritually or materially.

One of over three thousand Chabad centers in 65 countries, Chabad of Scarsdale aims to make the warmth of the Torah and its commandments an accessible reality. Our programs include High Holiday services, community service and volunteer opportunities, Shabbat services, youth and adult education programming , various holiday events year-round and more. Looking forward to meeting you!


Rabbi Avrohom and Sara Butman, Co-Directors