What is Chabad?

Chabad is a worldwide movement that spreads Jewish awareness to all Jews whether male or female, old or young. Its roots are in White Russia in a small town by the name of Lubavitch. The word Chabad is an acronym for Chachmah, Binah, Daas, which means wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. The idea is to turn intellect into action. Simply put, Chabad's message is "don't just think it, do it". This is exactly what Chabad does. Chabad Houses can be found in every part of the world such as, Tasmania, Russia, Hawaii, and Bangkok, and in each one of those places Chabad is doing everything it can to help Jews be Jewish.

The spiritual leader of the Chabad movement is the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, a great Tzadik and leader of the Jewish people. Although the Rebbe passed away in 1994, his leadership serves as the driving force for Chabad activities worldwide. Learn more about the Rebbe at this website.

Chabad Jewish Student Center

The Chabad House Jewish Student Center is a Jewish student’s ‘home away from home’, which, like your house, never closes its doors. It serves the undergraduate population at
Tulane, Loyola, LSU, and UNO.

Chabad provides:

  • Shabbat Dinners
    Every Friday Night is a cause for celebration when you join in the crowd at Chabad House for meaningful services, a full-course home-cooked dinner, singing, and lots of fun. All this in a warm, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Jewish Holidays
    You may be far from home, but our Chabad House ensures that the Jewish Holidays stay near and dear. Apples dipped in honey, Shofar blowing, Simchat Torah Dancing, Chanukah Menorahs, Purim Hamantashen, Hand-baked Pesach shmura matzah, we’ve got all that and more. Join us on the holidays and appreciate the Jewish calendar like never before.
  • Classes
    Regardless of your previous background or knowledge, you can further your Jewish education and develop a deeper understanding of your heritage at Chabad House. We offer scheduled classes in subjects ranging from mysticism and philosophy to Jewish laws and customs. We also have various cooking and crafts programs for those who want to learn about Judaism in a hands-on way. In addition, we offer the option to set up your own personal learning program with Rabbi Yochanan or Sarah Rivkin.
  • Social Events
    At Chabad, we know that Judaism can be fun. Therefore we provide a wide range of special events and activities for Jewish students in New Orleans to enjoy. From a midweek Felafel night to a Saturday Night Cafe, Chabad is the place to hang out and make new friends. Keep your eye on the campus kiosks for information on upcoming events.