FAQ's


Frequently Asked Questions about Chabad.

Q: What is Chabad?
A: Chabad 
is a worldwide movement that spreads Jewish awareness to all Jews, men and women, old and young. Its roots are in White Russia in a small town by the name of Lubavitch. The word Chabad is an acronym for Chachmah, Binah, Daas, which means wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. The idea is to turn intellect to action. Simply put, Chabad's message is "don't just think it, do it". This is exactly what Chabad does. Chabad centers can be found in every part of the world, such as, Tasmania, Russia , Hawaii, and Bangkok and in each one of those places Chabad is doing everything it can to help Jews lead a more meaningful Jewish life. Today, there are over 2700 Chabad houses in 44 states and 70 countries.

Q: What does Chabad do on campus?
A: Chabad at USF serves as a "Home Away From Home" for countless Jewish students, with the goal of anticipating and serving the needs of the students on a social, educational and spiritual level with a diverse variety of programs and activities. In addition to the many exciting ongoing programs and events, Chabad provides Kosher Homemade Shabbat and holiday meals free of charge to students that are legendary. Chabad's Rabbi Pinny and Mrs. Chava Backman both have incredible knowledge in many areas of Judaism, and are ready to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Most importantly, Chabad is your home away from home.

Q: Do only religious people come to Chabad?
A: Chabad is a place for all Jews regardless of their affiliations or ties. Many of the students who come to Chabad are not religious, some with little Jewish education, and others with none at all. One of the exciting things about Chabad is one can meet people from all walks of life.

Q: What happens if I don't know what to do?
A: Don't worry, everyone is learning and one has to start somewhere, what better place than at Chabad? There is always someone willing to help you.

Q: What purpose do the labels 'Orthodox', 'Conservative' and 'Reform' serve?
A: The truth is that a Jew is truly a Jew, and that G‑d truly wants a Jew to do Mitzvot. Beyond that, labels are totally meaningless at best, and at worst, divisive. Read the article "Was Moses Orthodox?" for more.

Q: All this is great, but how do I join?
A: We're open to every person! Click here if you would like to be added to our email list and find out about all the resources we have available for you.

Q: But wait! How much does it cost?
A: Usually nothing! Just bring yourself and lots of friends! Of course, student leaders can expect to be more active. Email us if you are interested in applying to be a student leader RabbiPinny@gmail.com.

Q: So how much time do I have to dedicate to Chabad activities?
A: College students have very busy lives and this is completely understood. Some students come to dinner and stay for a few minutes while others stay for a few hours. Everyone is welcome.