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Mission Statement & FAQs

Mission Statement & FAQs




Chabad Lubavitch

of the Poconos


Our Mission:

To promote and strengthen Jewish awareness, pride and identity by providing educational, cultural and social activities and services to all Jewish individuals and families regardless of affiliation or background.

Chabad Lubavitch of the Poconos is a branch of worldwide Chabad Lubavitch, the world’s largest network of Jewish educational and outreach organizations. It is a vibrant and dynamic force in Jewish life, and its programs touch the lives of millions of people in thousands of communities throughout the world. Treasuring the infinite value of every individual, Chabad is committed to enriching the lives of every single Jew here in the Poconos through its multiple programs and educational, social and religious services.

The Poconos is the fastest growing region in Pennsylvania and ranks among the fastest growing communities on the East Coast. As more and more Jewish people and their families move in, there is an ever increasing need for a warm, friendly Jewish center promoting Jewish identity, continuity and awareness. Chabad Lubavitch strives to fill this need by providing programs and activities that benefit the entire Jewish community.

To learn more about Chabad, please contact Rabbi Mendel Bendet at 570.420.8655 or visit


Frequently Asked Questions


Is what you think about Chabad MYTH or FACT? You may be surprised. Take a few minutes to browse through these FAQ’s and you'll have a better understanding of what Chabad is all about.


Q: Do you have to be Orthodox to participate in programs offered by Chabad?
A: Chabad is inclusive and non-judgmental, and our programs are open to all Jews. In fact, the majority of people who participate in programs at Chabad are not Orthodox. The teachings of Chabad are imbued with the renowned Chassidic spirit and joy, but in no way is the commitment to an Orthodox lifestyle a prerequisite to one's acceptance at Chabad functions.


Q: Is the goal of Chabad to make me Orthodox?
A: Chabad is not out to make one Orthodox. Chabad is an educational organization dedicated to helping every Jew, regardless of background, affiliation, or personal level of observance, to increase their level of Jewish knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment. Chabad invites you to explore the complex areas of Jewish religion, tradition, and practice in an open-minded and non-judgmental atmosphere. All of Chabad's classes, programs, and services are designed to heighten the awareness and lend valuable insight into one's heritage, traditions, religious practice, laws and rituals. Each individual is invited to participate, study, and learn. Each individual makes his or her own respective religious lifestyle decisions at his or her own pace. Each mitzvah stands on its own as an important step in ones personal growth.


Q: Does Chabad consider Reform, Conservative, or non-practicing Jews as "real" Jews?
A: Chabad avoids labeling other Jews, since it tends to divide and create barriers between us. Jewish Law has traditionally considered anyone born of a Jewish mother or converted in accordance with Halacha to be a Jew, regardless of his or her degree of observance. The Lubavitcher Rebbe delivered a stinging rebuke to Orthodox elements in the USA and Israel for publicly belittling non-Orthodox Jews.


Q: Does Chabad support Israel?
A: Chabad is deeply involved in defending Israel and its right to exist, throughout all its boundaries. Many Chabadniks serve in the IDF and others contribute practical and spiritual support to the troops. Chabad has over 150 centers in Israel, as well as dozens of educational facilities around the country. Lubavitch trained Rabbis often complete their training is Israeli Yeshivot. The Rebbe himself encouraged support of the UJA.


Q: Is the Chabad House financed by its headquarters in New York?
A: It is Chabad policy that each center is supported by the community it serves. All funding for local Chabad programs is solicited locally. No money is sent to international Chabad headquarters in New York. All funds donated remain right here in our community.


Q: Do women occupy a secondary position in Chabad philosophy?
A: Different, yes. Secondary? No! The high standing of Jewish women in Chabad is central to the survival of Judaism. As the cornerstone of Jewish family life, the woman can attain a profound and meaningful spirituality, one that fulfills her deepest needs and aspirations opening fresh perspectives on self-understanding, growth and Torah knowledge. Ignorance, misconceptions, and outright myths about Jewish women have prevailed until very recently, turning many people away from an appreciation of Torah and a traditional Jewish lifestyle. Chabad is working to correct those misconceptions.