About Chabad Emeryville

   Chabad Emeryville started in 2018, in response to the recent growth the city has seen. It was created as a Jewish establishment filling a need for the local community, as well as the many visitors.  

 Chabad is known for its unique and exciting approach to Judaism that makes it accessible, fun and meaningful to everyone regardless of background, affiliation or any other circumstances. 

 The wide range of programs we offer are geared to all ages and affiliations. Our programs include year-round Holiday Educational Programs, Adult Education Courses, Religious Services, Children's programs and much more. Come and see for yourselves any of our wonderful programs or services and you will be sure to feel right at home.

Our Staff

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Rabbi Mendy Blank  

 Born and raised in South Beach, FL, he is the youngest of a family of 16 children. Rabbi Mendy's rabbinic studies took him to Chicago, France, and London. After 10 years studying classic Jewish texts and law, whilst simultaneously immersing in the soul of Chassidus and Kabbalah, he was ordained as "Rabbi" in the Central Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brooklyn.


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   Menucha Rachel Blank (née Ferris)

  Native to the Bay Area, Menucha has years of experience with Berkeley youth. Her studies in Los Angeles, New York and Israel have cultivated and enhanced her perspective. She holds a bachelor’s in liberal arts and specialized in Early Childhood Education. Menucha is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the area where she was raised.

 


       "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

                                                         —Helen Keller 

  Everyone has great talents, and we need everyone's input in community building. Please contact us with great ideas, volunteering , or to find out how you can contribute to the community.

 

Mission Statement

  We provide the joy of Judaism to the entire Jewish community in the Emeryville area and strengthening Jewish awareness, pride and continuity for our present and future generations.

We provide a venue for Judaism in a traditional yet contemporary and relevant manner that will enhance the Jewish experience for all who participate in our programs, events and informal encounters.

Chabad services every individual or family that walks through our doors. We are open to Jews of every shade, stream, or color, whether they consider themselves secular, reform, conservative, traditional, or undecided. Each individual and family defines the level of involvement that fulfills their own needs.

The Chabad Center fulfills its mission by providing unique Jewish experiences that touch and inspire their participants and by creating exciting hands-on programs for children and families that bring tradition alive. Our full range of services includes Shabbat experiences, adult education, children's’ programming and outreach support and counseling services for those in need.

We are dedicated to inclusiveness as we provide traditional Judaism in a very open and accepting way that permeates all our programs and services. We create an environment that allows everyone to feel comfortable and connect with their Judaism. No matter how people define their relationship to their Jewishness, be it reform, conservative, agnostic, or traditional, here at Chabad the labels are irrelevant. Every individual’s meaning of their Jewishness is respected as our Center thrives on the common ground of our Judaism itself. 

 

Our Values

·        We believe Judaism should be experienced in a joyful, relevant and meaningful manner.

·        We respect every individual for who they are, and don’t try and impose any practice of Judaism on anyone. We believe that diversity enriches our Jewish community.

·        We are there for everyone regardless of religious observance or beliefs, affiliation or lack of it.

·        We believe in nurturing everyone’s journey of self-examination and making meaning of their Jewishness.

·        Involvement in Chabad Center is open to everyone regardless of one's financial means.

·        Our shared history and common bonds as a Jewish community are an eternal source of connectedness, strength and support. The Chabad Center is dedicated to sustaining our Jewish communal life and its inspiration and empowerment for us all.

 

About the Chabad Movement

  With over 3,000 international branches, Chabad-Lubavitch is one of the largest Jewish organizations in the world today. 

Chabad-Lubavitch embraces a philosophy of study, meditation, and social outreach that bridges rigorous academics with proactive community involvement. Chabad’s rapidly growing array of educational institutions, outreach programs, and social services has made it one of the most dynamic forces in modern Jewish life.

“Chabad” is a Hebrew acronym for “Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge,” and Lubavitch is the town in White Russia where the movement was based for more than a century.  The word “Lubavitch” means “brotherly love,” which is emblematic of the love and dedication that characterizes Chabad-Lubavitch and its emissaries. 

Founded in 1772 by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, Chabad promotes the mystical, traditional, legal and social principles of the Torah — while using modern methods and technology for education, community outreach, youth programs, crisis intervention, and other social services. Chabad is always innovating new approaches for its educational and community services but keeps them rooted in traditional Jewish values.

Chabad has consistently been at the forefront of Jewish education and community activism. The work of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe who assumed leadership of the movement in 1950, is legendary. Motivated by a profound love for humanity and spurred by boundless optimism, the Rebbe lifted the global Jewish community from the ashes of the Holocaust and launched an unprecedented range of Jewish institutions, outreach programs and social services.