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Search directory for thousands of official Chabad Houses: https://www.chabad.org/centers

Unofficial Chabad Houses:

US:
AZ
Congregation Beth Tefillah, Scottsdale

CA
The Marina Shul, Venice, CA
JEM Community Center, Beverly Hills
Beth Menachem, Los Angeles
Congregation Chevra Thilim, S. Francisco (This will not show up on Chabad.org results if you do a search for SF)
Schneerson Center, S. Francisco
Almaden Valley Torah Center, S. Jose
Chai Center, S. Monica, CA
Westwood Jewish Center

CT
Beth Israel - Chabad, Norwalk, CT - (not a Chabad house but a regular shul that davens Nusach Ari) (Nearby Official Chabad House Search)

DC
Chabad of GWU

FL
Downtown Jewish Center - Chabad, Ft Lauderdale
Chabad Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach Synagogue, FL
Moshiach Center, Lauderhill, FL
Chabad Of Central Florida, Tampa
Young Israel of Tampa
Chabad of Downtown Tampa

HI
Maui Kosher Farm/Kosher On Maui

IL
Moshiach Center, Chicago
Chabad Springfield, IL

KS
Torah Learning Center, Overland Park, KS (Nearby official Chabad House)

MA
Chai Center/Chabad of Canton

MN
Adath Israel Synagogue, S. Paul

NJ
Chabad Rutgers, New Brunswick NJ(/ Chabad of Central NJ)
Cong. Sons of Israel - Chabad, Jersey City
Maplewood Jewish Center
Center for Jewish Life, Marlboro, NJ
Chabad Monroe Township, NJ
Shabbat House, West Orange, NJ

NY
Chabad Jewish Discovery Center Buffalo, NY
Chabad of Orange County, Goshen, NY
Chabad of Mid-Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie, NY
Chabad of Marine Park
Chabad of Mill Basin
The Iyyun Center, Park Slope
The Manhattan Kollel
The Torah Center, NYC
Beth Chabad Francais, NYC
Center for Jewish Life - Chabad, Sag Harbor, NY

OH
Cleveland/Beachwood
There seems to be a few Chabad Houses/shuls in the Cincinnati area listed here.

Australia:
Gold Coast, Queensland
Surfers Paradise - Gold Coast, Queensland Rabbi is official, shul is not.
Byron Bay, NSW
Tzemach Tzedek Community Centre, Sydney

Belguim:
Euroean Jewish Community Centre, Brussels

Belize:
Belize City There are no official Chabads in Belize.

Bolivia:
La Paz There are no official Chabads in Bolivia.

Brazil:
Bayit Jewish Center
Kehilat Knesset Israel
Mt Sinai Cong.

Canada:
Cong. House Of Israel, Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Québec
Ohel Yaakov Community Kollel, Vancouver, BC

Ethiopia:
Addis Ababa There are no official Chabads in Ethiopia.

Guatemala:
Pedro (Nearby official Chabad House)

India
17 Unofficial Chabad Houses (Official Chabad in Bangalore and Mumbai)


Indonesia:
Chabad of Bali  There are no official Chabads in Indonesia.

Italy:
Chabad of Bolgna
Chabad of Florence (Nearby official Chabad House)


Japan:
Kyoto (Nearby official Chabad House)
Tokyo (Nearby official Chabad House)

Kazakhstan:
Chabad of Kazakhstan - 4 cities throughout the country

Kenya:
Nairobi  There are no official Chabads in Kenya.

Mexico:
Cozumel
Cristobal
Isla Mujeres
Mexico City
Playa del Carmen (Nearby official Chabad House)
Tulum

Nicaragua
San Juan Del Sur  There are no official Chabads in Nicaragua.

Panama:
Bocas del Toro

Philippines
Cebu
Clark
El Nido
Manila  There are no official Chabads in the Philippines.

Sri Lanka
Colombo There are no official Chabads in Sri Lanka.
Hikkaduwa

Turkey:
Chabad of Turkey - Istanbul

UAE:
Dubai

Ukraine:
The Brodsky Choral Synagogue, Kiev
Tehillat Hashem Synagogue, Anatevka, Ukraine

Author Topic: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses  (Read 7085 times)

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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2019, 09:41:05 PM »
Without getting into an ideological discussion.

Many (most?) of these Chabad houses are located in remote geographical locations where it would be hard to create a feasible sustainability plan (partially the reason for there not being official Chabad centers). The young families that chose to move there face many challenges. They are very far (usually 12+ hr flight) from any family, many of them live several hours from another religious person, many of the women need to fly several hours just to go to Mikva, etc. They nevertheless relocated their entire family, live in poverty, have very hard times getting Kosher chicken/meat (many of them learn to shecht), have to teach their children without any other children being educated similarly....
All this is in order to prevent 1000’s of searching Jews (many ex IDF) from falling into serving Avodah Zorah Mammosh while on their spiritual quests.

This is literal Mesiras Nefesh for the spiritual benefit of someone they do not know.
Many 1000’s of backpackers have returned to their Jewish routes thanks to these families.


This thread is a helpful resource for people to know that they're out there and why they're out there, it's not for ideological discussion.

And I'm sure many do amazing work.

At the same time, there is a system that the Rebbe set up for Shlichus, and they are working around it. If they wanted to go about it in an official manner and without the yellow flags, many could have done that.
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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2019, 09:46:51 PM »
Does Chabad have any intellectual property rights they enforce? For example, any shul that's "YI of xyx" has to be part of the Young Israel, which would give the "customer" a reasonable expectation on Nussach and Hashkafah (within a certain ballpark).
Only ip rights I am aware of is the Kehos logo (and possibly Rabbi Mangel’s English translation of the Siddur), both of which are owned by Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch IINM.

In Israel some people tried to claim rights to the name Chabad and/or Chabad House, but their claim was summarily rejected.
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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2019, 09:50:58 PM »
This thread is a helpful resource for people to know that they're out there and why they're out there, it's not for ideological discussion.

And I'm sure many do amazing work.

At the same time, there is a system that the Rebbe set up for Shlichus, and they are working around it. If they wanted to go about it in an official manner and without the yellow flags, many could have done that.

Agree with (almost) everything you wrote. (Which is why I didn't want to get into an ideological discussion)
My post was just to illustrate to those unfamiliar, that these are extremely dedicated and sincere people who can be a valuable resource while traveling. And that they should not be viewed as a offshoot sect that don’t adhere to Chabad standards and customs.

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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2019, 12:05:40 AM »
Central America (already in wiki)

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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2019, 03:13:49 AM »
Added, thanks.
Keep em coming.

It's not in Belize City (as added) but in Caye Caulker, an island off the coast (plane/ferry ride)

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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2019, 03:16:05 AM »
Nice work here.
Thanks
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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2019, 05:50:07 AM »

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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2019, 09:14:45 AM »
Would an unofficial Chabad open up if there is already an official one there, or is it usually that the unofficial chabad pre-dates the official one? I would be much more skeptical of the motives of an unofficial chabad that opens after an existing one is there.

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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2019, 09:36:01 AM »
usually that the unofficial chabad pre-dates the official one
This, generally speaking.

Although in some places it's a lot more complex.

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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2019, 10:08:22 AM »


 If they wanted to go about it in an official manner and without the yellow flags, many could have done that.
Would an unofficial Chabad open up if there is already an official one there, or is it usually that the unofficial chabad pre-dates the official one? I would be much more skeptical of the motives of an unofficial chabad that opens after an existing one is there.
Dan, disagree.
shaulyaakov, no need to be skeptical.
The mushroom Chabad houses that I know of, by and large, were started in less exotic locales.  There was work to be done locally that was not being addressed by the (long) established shliach. Sometimes the original shliach was holding the 'territory' for his soon-to-be-grown-up kid. So the new guy moves in and does the work, but doesn't use the official Chabad name.

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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2019, 10:18:32 AM »
Dan, disagree.
shaulyaakov, no need to be skeptical.
The mushroom Chabad houses that I know of, by and large, were started in less exotic locales.  There was work to be done locally that was not being addressed by the (long) established shliach. Sometimes the original shliach was holding the 'territory' for his soon-to-be-grown-up kid. So the new guy moves in and does the work, but doesn't use the official Chabad name.
How are you disagreeing when I said the word many and not all?
For now there aren't many mushrooms listed in the Wiki. Feel free to add.
« Last Edit: April 02, 2019, 10:25:31 AM by Dan »
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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2019, 10:30:03 AM »
Dan, disagree.
shaulyaakov, no need to be skeptical.
The mushroom Chabad houses that I know of, by and large, were started in less exotic locales.  There was work to be done locally that was not being addressed by the (long) established shliach. Sometimes the original shliach was holding the 'territory' for his soon-to-be-grown-up kid. So the new guy moves in and does the work, but doesn't use the official Chabad name.

The ones you’re referring to are very different then the ones posted here (for once they usually wouldn’t be in touristy places but areas with a community). The ones here fit more or less @joey89 ‘s description

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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2019, 10:34:04 AM »
Agree with (almost) everything you wrote. (Which is why I didn't want to get into an ideological discussion)
My post was just to illustrate to those unfamiliar, that these are extremely dedicated and sincere people who can be a valuable resource while traveling. And that they should not be viewed as a offshoot sect that don’t adhere to Chabad standards and customs.
Agreed. If anything these ones provide more services for tourists than official Chabad Houses as many are specifically geared for tourists whereas most official Chabad Houses are geared for locals.
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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2019, 10:44:27 AM »
Agreed. If anything these ones provide more services for tourists than official Chabad Houses as many are specifically geared for tourists whereas most official Chabad Houses are geared for locals.
1. This has more to do with location than official/unofficial
2. CMIIW, but I assume if anything it's the official ones (in tourist destinations) who are more geared toward the DDF-type (i.e. frum) tourist. The far-flung unofficial ones mentioned here I think are for the most part geared toward the Israeli backpacker types.

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Re: Master List Of Unofficial Chabad Houses
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2019, 10:46:56 AM »
1. This has more to do with location than official/unofficial
2. CMIIW, but I assume if anything it's the official ones (in tourist destinations) who are more geared toward the DDF-type (i.e. frum) tourist. The far-flung unofficial ones mentioned here I think are for the most part geared toward the Israeli backpacker types.
I guess what I mean is that there are official Chabads in touristy places that don't seem to want to have anything to do with tourists and there are some that are very helpful for tourists.

Whereas the unofficial Chabads in touristy places are specifically there for tourists. They may be targeted for Israeli backpackers, but they can still be very helpful for any frum tourist.
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