Swarthmore Chabad provides the Swarthmore College community with a Jewish home where all are welcome to explore and celebrate Jewish tradition and identity.
We are creating a welcoming home for all Jews - regardless of their background, affiliation, orientation, or knowledge - to explore their Judaism and connect with their heritage through classes and discussions, cultural and holiday programming, Shabbat dinners, mitzvah rituals, and more.
All of our programs and events take place in a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment.
Swarthmore Chabad began as an offshoot of Tri-Co Chabad, founded in 2006 by Rabbi Eli and Blumie Gurevitz, to service the Jewish communities of the Tri-Colleges.
In 2022, Swarthmore Chabad opened its doors as an affiliated organization to cater specifically to the Swarthmore College community.
We strive to foster a welcoming"Jewish Home" and serve as an educational resource for the next generation of Jewish leaders and thinkers. With the goal of nourishing students' Jewish identity, Swarthmore Chabad aims to have resounding effects as students carve their paths and visions for life. We hope to establish a model for engaging students in a way that recognizes the unique qualities of a small liberal arts community.
Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today.
Following its inception 250 years ago, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement—a branch of Hasidism—swept through Russia and spread to surrounding countries as well. It provided scholars with answers that eluded them, and simple farmers with a love that had been denied them. Eventually the philosophy of Chabad-Lubavitch and its adherents reached almost every corner of the world and affected almost every facet of Jewish life.
The origins of today’s Chabad-Lubavitch organization can be traced to the early 1940s, when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of righteous memory (1880–1950), appointed his son-in-law and later successor, Rabbi Menachem Mendel, to head the newly founded educational and social service arms of the movement.
Motivated by his profound love for every Jew and spurred by his boundless optimism and self-sacrifice, the Rebbe set into motion a dazzling array of programs, services and institutions to serve every Jew.