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Lubavitch Chabad of Peoria is one of more then 2500 branches of today's largest international organization involved with Jewish education and outreach programs.  Embracing the philosophy of the Chabad Lubavitch Movement, which originated in the town of Lubavitch in White Russia during the 18th century.  Chabad's underlying doctrine is "Ahavat Yisrael" (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.

By means of a rare combination that blends traditional Judaism with modern day techniques, Chabad has found the formula to develop a rapport with the most alienated of Jews and to enhance their outlook.  By arousing an intellectual and/or emotional interest in our faith, Chabad Lubavitch has become the catalyst to reconnect Jews with their Jewish roots and revive the sparks of Jewish consciousness in the hearts and minds of each Jew.

Under the direction of Rabbi Eli Langsam and his wife Sarah, Chabad Lubavitch of Peoria, founded in August 2001 offers Shabat servecies, youth programs, adult education courses, community holiday awareness celebrations and hospital, nursing home and shut-in visitations.  Many have experienced traditional Shabbat and Holiday meals at the Chabad House.  In addition, many have benefited from the Rabbi's counseling. Chabad of Peoria has fast become a "one-stop" address for the Jewish community.

Chabad does not recognize the false labels of Orthodox, Conservative and 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 and one land.   Chabad endeavors to bring unity among the Jewish community through our common bond of Jewish faith and observance.

There are no prerequisites for getting involved with Chabad Lubavitch, whether you are affiliated or not, have much Jewish background or none, you are always welcome to try one or all of our programs.  We are here to serve you and we will do our best to help you and your family.  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.

Shalom!

Chbad Jewish Center of Peoria, IL
121 E. Lake Ave Suite B
309-863-5613
Rabbi@Chabadpeoria.com

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