Chabad House at Indiana University

About Us

What is Chabad on Campus?

The Chabad Jewish Student Center at IU University is one of over 100 on-site Chabad on Campus centers across America. We offer the anchor and embrace of 'family' for Jewish students regardless of background, observance or affiliation. Consider our address one you can turn to for any reason at all 24 hours a day. Students come to Chabad on Campus for many different reasons. Some come on a Friday night for a bowl of homemade chicken soup, fresh baked challah and camaraderie; Some come simply to socialize - to relax and enjoy themselves with Jewish activities such as Challah or Hamantashen baking, shofar making, or outdoor trips; or activities with other Jewish students including kosher cooking, spa nights, concerts, Movie nights, , hikes, and more; Some come to register and join a 'birthright' or other organized trip to Israel; Some come during a moment of personal crisis knowing they will always get a discreet, sympathetic ear, a warm open heart, and appropriate advice or referrals; Some come for one of the myriad classes offered - from beginner's Hebrew to Parsha, Mysticism and advanced Talmud - or simply to ask serious questions about Judaism; Some come to attend Shabbat or holiday services. Chabad activity on campus is not limited to what goes on at the Chabad House. Chabad is inherently extroverted, and an active and highly visible presence throughout campus, reaching out to Jewish students through tabling, holiday celebrations, at the Union and at dorms and Greek Houses. Leadership: At our affiliated student groups, students are invited to take leadership roles on campus, helping foster the creation of the next generation of empowered Jewish leadership. Tradition: At Chabad, students have the ability to discover the warmth and beauty of their heritage, and learn to apply the timeless Jewish principle of Ahavat Israel. Community: We believe that family and community are vital keys to character building. That's why we open our home to students, helping inspire them with a respect for family values and a deep meaningful concern for the land of Israel. Future: We believe that Jewish education and meaningful experiences are the grass-roots method to fighting indifference, apathy and assimilation that face our community today. For there to be a Jewish tomorrow, our students need to have a Jewish today!

Myths & Facts

Is what you think about Lubavitch- Chabad myth or fact?

You may be surprised! MYTH: You have to be "Orthodox" to participate in programs offered by Chabad. FACT: Chabad is inclusive and non-judgmental, and their programs are open to all. In fact, the vast 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 or Ultra-Orthodox lifestyle a prerequisite to one’s acceptance at Chabad functions.

MYTH: Chabad’s goal is to make me Orthodox.

FACT: Chabad is not out to make one Orthodox. Chabad is an organization dedicated to engaging every Jew, regardless of  background, affiliation, or personal level of observance, and providing resources to help 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.

MYTH: Chabad does not consider Reform, Conservative, or non-practicing Jews as "real" Jews.

FACT: At Chabad a Jew is a Jew is a Jew. Chabad avoids labeling other Jews, since it tends to divide and create artificial barriers between us. Since the days of Moses, Jewish Law has 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. In fact, the leader of Chabad, the Lubavitcher Rebbe delivered a stinging rebuke to Orthodox elements in the USA and Israel for publicly belittling non-Orthodox Jews.

MYTH: Chabad does not support the state of Israel.

FACT: Chabad, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe in particular, strongly support Israel and is deeply involved in defending its value and right to exist. Many "Chabadniks" serve in the Israeli Defense Forces and others contribute practical and spiritual support to the troops. Lubavitch trained Rabbis often complete their training in Israeli Yeshivas. Chabad has a network of over 220 centers throughout the length and breath of Israel. In response to current spate of Palestinian violence and terror, Chabad’s Victim of Terror program offers support and comfort to victims of terror and their families by providing financial, spiritual and emotional assistance as needed.  Chabad has a network of emergency response teams that intervene with victims and their families within hours after an attack and continues with long t erm, community-based assistance and activities provided by Chabad Houses located in the victim’s community.

MYTH: Chabad is financed by its headquarters in New York.

FACT: It is Chabad policy that each center is supported by the community it serves. Thus, funding for local Chabad programs s generated locally. No money or dues are sent to international Chabad headquarters in New York -- all funds donated remain right here in our community. Neither are we funded or financially supported by our central headquarters.