What is a Chabad House?
Chabad House - Lubavitch, founded in 1978, nurtured and supported by concerned members of communities throughout New Jersey, is dedicated to the re-establishment and strengthening of our Judaic faith, principles, identity, commitment and pride.

The Les Turchin Chabad House, a unique and vibrant center, provides a "home away from home" for college students at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Chabad House operates over 20 community service programs. Its rabbis and volunteer workers are pioneers in the most literal sense, treading a path and showing the way to bring the light of Torah and Jewish tradition to all Jews.

The new Chabad House is proud to serve as the largest Jewish Center on any university campus in the USA. The new complex is located in the heart of Rutgers University. Serving as headquarters for all Jewish activities, the building features housing for students, peer counseling and drug prevention centers, student activity offices, a 300 seat synagogue, a publications center, library, kosher dining hall, student lounges and a computer area. The new Chabad House helps provide a healthy social environment for all young men and women on the college campus.

Some of our programs include: Hospital and Prison visitations; Holiday activities such as "Sukkah Mobiles," Chanukah and Purim gift baskets and kits, Holiday rallies and festivals; Counseling and Social Services; Classes, Lectures and Seminars; Judaica Services; The Chabad Times Newspaper and Kosher Meals on Wheels. All our community-wide events unite all Jews, affiliated or unaffiliated.

This year Chabad House....
  • served over 54,000 kosher meals to the students at Rutgers University this year
  • served over 20,000 "kosher meals on wheels" to the elderly, sick and homebound of Middlesex County visited 10,000 patients in area hospitals
  • increased its vital work in the community by 50% through classes, lectures, visitations, counseling and various holiday activities
  • welcomed over 20,000 Jewish children to its "Chanukah Wonderland" and "Pesach Experience" programs
  • Launched a building campaign for a new men's dormitory and a new graduate student apartment facility at Rutgers University

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The driving force of Chabad House - Lubavitch

The Rebbe - Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader - "the Rebbe" - of the Lubavitch movement of Chassidic Judaism for forty-four years, was born on April 18, 1902 (the eleventh day of Nissan, 5662), in Nikolayev, a town in the southern Ukraine. While he was considered one of the world's foremost religious scholars, he was also recognized as a brilliant scholar in mathematics and science. While he appeared to be an Old World leader whose community was somewhat cloistered, he was thoroughly knowledgeable about the modern world and reached out enthusiastically to society at large, to Jew and non-Jew alike, encouraging the pursuit of virtuousness, education, and unity.

The forty-five years of the Rebbe's leadership saw Lubavitch grow from a small movement nearly devastated by the Holocaust to a worldwide community of more than 200,000 members. The Rebbe, recognizing the unique needs of the current generation and anticipating the societal upheaval of the coming decades, began to establish education and outreach centers, offering social service programs and humanitarian aid to all people, regardless of religious affiliation or background. The Rebbe established a corps of Lubavitch emissaries (shluchim) and sent them out to build Chabad - Lubavitch centers worldwide, to serve the spiritual and material needs of the local communities. Today, there are more than twenty-four hundred Chabad - Lubavitch institutions in thirty-five countries on six continents.

In 1994, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Charles Schumer, John Lewis, Newt Gingrich, and Jerry Lewis to bestow on the Rebbe the Congressional Gold Medal. The bill passed both Houses by unanimous consent, honoring the Rebbe for his "outstanding and lasting contributions toward improvements in world education, morality, and acts of charity."


"Since our righteous Moshiach is about to come, a final effort is required that will bring Moshiach. Every individual - man, woman, and child - should increase his or her Torah study in subjects that concern the Redemption. This study should preferably be undertaken in groups of at least ten, for group study excites happiness, and increases the eager anticipation of the participants for the coming of Moshiach.

One should likewise upgrade one's meticulous observance of the Mitzvot, particularly the Mitzvah of Tzedaka (charity), 'which brings the Redemption near'. It would be well to connect one's additional contributions to tzedaka with one's additional study of subjects connected with the Redemption, by making one's increased contributions with the intent that it hasten the coming of the Redemption. What more can I do to motivate the whole world to cry out and demand the Redemption? I have done all I can: now you do everything you can, here and now, to bring the Redemption immediately."

RABBI YOSEF CARLEBACH - Executive Director
Rabbi Carlebach is the Executive Director Chabad House - Lubavitch. After moving to the area in 1978, he established Chabad centers in Highland Park, Edison, Manalapan, Wayside and New Brunswick located in central and southern New Jersey. He is also the Rabbi of Congregation Sons of Israel - Chabad in Wayside. send email to Rabbi Yosef Carlebach
Rabbi Goodman, the Campus Rabbi at Rutgers University for thirteen years, becomes the friend, teacher and mentor to the thousands of Jewish young men and women at Rutgers. Known for his easy smile and warm words, he and his wife Sarah invite each student into their hearts and home. Rabbi Goodman also directs the Chabad House Bar / Bat Mitzvah Hebrew School as well as many other programs in the community.

Rabbi Marmulszteyn serves as the administrator of Chabad House, overseeing day-to-day activities such as the Chabad House Meal Program, Kosher Meals on Wheels, Chabad House Dormitory and facilities.

RABBI ARYEH GOODMAN - Chabad of East Brunswick

RABBI LAIBEL SCHAPIRO - Chabad of the Shore - Oakhurst

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RABBI YEHUDA SPRITZER - Chabad of Monroe Township
RABBI MENDY CARLEBACH - Chabad of North and South Brunswick

TANYA ON THE LINE - 732-828-8617

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