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Philosophy and Impact

Philosophy and Impact

 

Chabad on Fulton is a Jewish space that is open and available to all Jewish students and faculty at Vassar College, Marist College, The Culinary Institute of America and Dutchess Community College.  We have established the Chabad House, a place where Jews of all backgrounds and degrees of observance can enjoy exploring their Jewish heritage in a warm, welcoming and accepting environment. 

Philosophy 

It's our core belief that every individual Jew has an indispensable contribution to make to the totality of the Jewish people. Predicated on the Mitzvah of "Ahavat Yisrael - love of a fellow Jew," Chabad seeks to engage fellow Jews at their own pace and comfort level through innovative educational programs in all areas of Jewish life.

Programs 

Among our programs, we host weekly Shabbat dinners that provide Jewish students an intimate setting to eat, meet new friends from every niche of the campus community, and celebrate Shabbat in a spiritual and intellectually stimulating manner. Creative Holiday programs raise Jewish consciousness and pride throughout the community. Lectures and classes on Jewish law, philosophy, & ethics teach the relevance and the depth of our beautiful heritage to our community. We continue to meet with students individually around the clock.

Impact 

Our efforts to engage the unaffiliated, and increase the opportunities for the affiliated, have been met with incredible success. For many, Chabad on Fulton – Student Center has been their first positive Jewish experience. Leaders on campuses have expressed wonder at Chabad on Campus's ability to seamlessly bring together a diverse community of undergraduates, faculty, and Jews of all backgrounds on an ongoing basis. Hundreds of students have had their connection to Judaism deepened because of the work of Chabad.

Funding

Being that we interact primarily with a student community, we provide all our programs and services free of charge. No one is ever turned away. The support for our programs comes solely from alumni, parents and friends.

Inspired 

By The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory. For a glimpse into the Rebbe, click here.