By COLlive reporter
There’s an impressive number of Chabad Houses on universities and college campuses, having officially surpassed 200 centers for a grand total of 220 centers worldwide, it was reported.
33 Chabad couples have settled on college campuses in the United States, Canada, South America and Israel in the last year, Chabad.org reports.
27 of those opened new Chabad centers, and the remaining couples have joined existing centers. In Israel, 21 new couples were added in the last year alone, joining the 6 who were there previously for a total of 23 campuses served by Chabad.
Recently settled Shluchim include Rabbi Levi and Adina Tiechtel at the Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, as reported last year on COLlive.com.
“We are looking forward to establishing a warm home away from home for all Jews in the area,” Rabbi Tiechtel told COLlive about the 1,000 Jewish students they will be serving, in addition to Jewish faculty members and community members.
Bari Weiss, associate editorial features editor at The Wall Street Journal, was all praises when speaking of Chabad activity on campuses at a recent event saluting the work of Rabbi Shmuel and Sara Weinstein, Shluchim at the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
“The work that the Weinsteins and all Chabad emissaries do is especially crucial today, during this dark season of profound uncertainty and fear for the world and for our people,” Weiss said.
“While other Jewish organizations take a defensive posture, Chabad plays offense. Chabad’s answer is to do Jewish, no matter what, to do it with joy and to pass that joy on to as many people as it can. It’s a 2,000-year-old game plan, but these days it feels almost radical,” she said.
The continued growth follows what began in the early 1950s, Chabad.org notes. The Rebbe began sending rabbinical students to campuses to serve as a resource for students. Since the 1960s, Chabad centers serving students have opened their doors to Jewish students, regardless of their backgrounds or observance levels.