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Is what you think about Chabad

MYTH or FACT? 

You may be surprised. 

MYTH: You have to be religious to participate in programs offered by Chabad.

FACT: Chabad is inclusive and non-judgmental, and our programs are open to all. In fact, the vast majority of families who participate in programs at Chabad are not Orthodox. (Many are inter-married.)

The teachings of Chabad are imbued with the renowned spirit and joy, but in no way is the commitment to a religious lifestyle a prerequisite to one's acceptance at Chabad functions. In fact, the programs and projects of Chabad are designed specifically to meet the needs of the unaffiliated.

Here at Chabad of Islip, everyone feels like they belong. Our user friendly services can make anyone feel like they have been praying for years. Join us, and see how open and accepting we are! 

MYTH: Chabad's goal is to make me religious.

FACT: Chabad is not out to make one religious.  Chabad is an educational organization dedicated to helping every Jew, regardless of background, affiliation, or personal level of observance, to 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. Each mitzvah stands on its own as an important step in ones personal growth.

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

FACT: Heaven forbid!

A Jew is a Jew is a Jew. Period.

Level of observance is not a factor in one’s “Jewishness.” In fact, Chabad avoids labeling Jews altogether, since it serves only to divide and create barriers between us. 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 accept converts.

FACT: Chabad follows traditional Jewish Law which states that any non-Jew who feels sincerely convinced of the beauty and relevance of Torah, who is prepared to follow the traditions of Israel, and therefore, wishes to join the community of Israel, is welcomed as a convert.  The conversion process requires immersion in a kosher mikvah, circumcision for men, and most importantly, acceptance of the disciplines and practices of Judaism - all under authorized rabbinic supervision.

MYTH: Chabad does not accept converts.

FACT: Chabad follows traditional Jewish Law which states that any non-Jew who feels sincerely convinced of the beauty and relevance of Torah; who is prepared to follow Jewish tradition and wishes to join the community of Israel, is welcomed as a convert.

MYTH: Women occupy a secondary position in Chabad philosophy.

FACT: Different, yes. Secondary? No!

The high standing of Jewish women in Chabad is central to the survival of Judaism. As the cornerstone of Jewish family life, the woman can attain a profound and meaningful spirituality, one that fulfills her deepest needs and aspirations opening fresh perspectives on self-understanding, growth and Torah knowledge. Ignorance, misconceptions, and outright myths about Jewish women have prevailed until very recently, turning many people away from an appreciation of Torah and a traditional Jewish lifestyle. Chabad is working to correct those misconceptions.