Chabad's underlying doctrine is "AhavatYisrael" (love for a fellow Jew). Chabad recognizes no differences between Jews; its goal is to serve the spiritual and physical needs of each Jew regardless of affiliation, wherever he or she may be, with understanding and with love.
Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today.
The word "Chabad" is a Hebrew acronym for the three intellectual faculties of: chachmah-wisdom, binah-comprehension and da'at-knowledge. The movement's system of Jewish religious philosophy, the deepest dimension of G-d's Torah, teaches understanding and recognition of the Creator, the role and purpose of Creation, and the importance and unique mission of each Creature. This philosophy guides a person to refine and govern his and her every act and feeling through wisdom, comprehension and knowledge.
The word "Lubavitch" is the name of the town in White Russia where the movement was based for more than a century. Appropriately, the word Lubavitch in Russian means the "city of brotherly love." The name Lubavitch conveys the essence of the responsibility and love engendered by the Chabad philosophy toward every single Jew.
Following its inception 250 years ago, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement -- a branch of Hasidism -- swept through Russia and spread in surrounding countries as well. It provided scholars with answers that eluded them and simple farmers with a love that had been denied of them. Eventually the philosophy ofChabad-Lubavitch and its adherents reached almost every corner of the world and affected almost every facet of Jewish life.
The movement is guided by the teachings of its seven leaders ("Rebbe's"), beginning with Rabbi SchneurZalman of Liadi, of righteous memory (1745-1812). These leaders expounded upon the most refined and delicate aspects of Jewish mysticism, creating a corpus of study thousands of books strong. They personified the age-old, Biblical qualities of piety and leadership. And they concerned themselves not only with Chabad-Lubavitch, but with the totality of Jewish life, spiritual and physical. No person or detail was too small or insignificant for their love and dedication.
In our generation, the LubavitcherRebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known simply as "the Rebbe," guided post-holocaust Jewry to safety from the ravages of that devastation.
Chabad maintains local offices and representatives in almost every country and major city around the globe. There is hardly a Jewish community the world over which has not been affected directly or indirectly by Chabad. Placing stress on education and Jewish welfare it has, as part of its mandate, organized a network of schools and social centers throughout the world. These include: day schools, vocational schools, Mommy & me and Hebrew schools hundreds of Chabad Houses and Chabad Centers, Peace-Corps programs, programs for orphans, widows, prisons, and drug addicts, settlements and education for Soviet Jewry, Mitzvah Campaigns, Synagogues, Mikvahs and much more.
Many young talented couples have made it their life to help other Jews. In this path, Rabbi Shloime & Chanie Ezagui established the Chabad Center in Northern Central Palm Beach County in 1987.
In light of the above, we can say that Chabad is a movement, a philosophy, an ideal, and an organization. Each Chabad Center is part of the same movement and shares the same philosophy. They differ only depending on the need of the respective communities.
There are no prerequisites for getting involved with Chabad. Whether one is affiliated with a synagogue or not, whether one has much Jewish background or none, one is always welcome to try one or all of our programs. You do not have to be a member at Chabad, you do not even have to agree with everything Chabad says or does - you just have to be Jewish - and you automatically belong.
A JEW IS A JEW
Chabad does not recognize the labels of Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform. A Jew is a Jew is a Jew - period. We have gotten too carried away with the adjectives - the noun is universal - Jew. We have one Torah, we are one People, and we have one G-d. Chabad endeavors to bring unity among the Jewish community through our common bond of Jewish faith and observance. Chabad Lubavitch is by far the largest Outreach Humanitarian Jewish Organization in the world.