Chabad on Campus International is a division of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Chabad Lubavitch movement. It is one of the largest Jewish organizations serving college campuses, with over 185 permanent branches on North American campuses, and an additional 250 globally.[1][2]

Mission

The Chabad on Campus International assists local Chabad Student Centers worldwide. This includes logistical support and staff training, as well as centralized programming such as national Shabbatons and student leadership retreats. The foundation provides grants to encourage creative local programming.[3]

History

Students dance at the Chabad in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Campus Shabbaton in 2014.
Students dance at the Chabad in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Campus Shabbaton in 2014.

The first campus Chabad House, UCLA Chabad House, was established under the Lubavitcher Rebbe's direction by Rabbi Shlomo Cunin on the UCLA campus in 1969.[4][5] Since 2001 the Chabad campus presence has tripled (78 new centers).[6]

In August 2015, Chabad on Campus announced that 19 "emissary couples" would be sent to schools across the United States to open up Jewish cultural centers. Target campuses include "the University of South Carolina, Louisiana State University, the University of Utah, Tulane University, Caltech, and the University of Alabama.” Chabad mentioned increasing anti-semitism as a partial motive for its expansion. Chabad is generally more known for its outreach to non-religious Jews than for pro-Israel activism.[7]

According to a report by Inside Higher Ed, the number of Chabad on Campus centers grew from 36 in 2000 to 258 in 2021. Chabad claims that it serves Jewish students at 708 colleges internationally.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Chabad on Campus Homepage
  2. ^ a b Redden, Elizabeth (January 7, 2022). "Chabad grows its presence on college campuses". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  3. ^ "JLI to offer medicine, morals course". gmnews.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  4. ^ The Visual Culture of Chabad, Maya Balakirsky Katz, Cambridge University Press, 2010, page 152.
  5. ^ The Rebbe's Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch, Sue Fishkoff, Random House, 2009
  6. ^ "Medicine and Morals course in Brisbane". www.jwire.com.au. Archived from the original on September 23, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  7. ^ Sokol, Sam (August 27, 2015). "Chabad expands campus presence in bid to combat anti-Semitism". Jerusalem Post. Israel. Retrieved April 20, 2016.