119-year-old Drexel University, alma mater of such technology legends as Internet founding father Paul Baran and barcode co-creator Norman Joseph Woodland, is slowly climbing the ladder of prestige once more.
The Philadelphia-based school, among America’s 20 largest private universities, has been steadily climbing the college-rankings charts in the past ten years.
But Drexel will soon be boasting something offered by an ever-increasing number of campuses nationwide and even worldwide: a Chabad outreach center.
The Jewish outreach organization will be establishing a full-time campus program for Jewish students at Drexel beginning this Chanuka. Until now, the school’s Jewish body had been serviced part-time by the nearby Lubavitch House at the University of Pennsylvania.
The young couple currently gearing up for their permanent career move to the Keystone State, Rabbi Chaim and Moussia Goldstein, themselves grew up in Chabad outreach families–he in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where parents Rabbi and Mrs Aharon Goldstein have run one of the movement’s first-ever campus Chabad centers since 1975, and she in El Paso, Texas, where her parents Rabbi and Mrs. Yisrael Greenberg have opened the Chabad Center to the border town’s Jewish population since 1986.
“It only makes sense to go back to campus,” says Chaim, 25, who recalls accompanying his father at University of Michigan outreach efforts from age seven. “I grew up in a home that was very giving,” Moussia, 22, adds, “and I want to give to others–also, seeing the effect Chabad had on my friends from El Paso on campus when they came back from college made me want to do Chabad on campus work.”
The Goldsteins were recruited by Rabbi Schmidt.
For more information and for support opportunities regarding Chabad at Drexel University, please visit ChaiForChabad.com or contact Rabbi Chaim Goldstein at [email protected] or 734-678-7088.