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What's the difference between Hillel and Chabad?

Hey everyone, I wanted to ask about Hillel and Chabad organizations on college campuses. What are the main differences between them in terms of activities, community, and overall vibe? I'm trying to decide which one I'd like to be involved with when I go to college. Thanks for any insights!

6 months ago

Hey there! Both Hillel and Chabad offer Jewish cultural and religious experiences on college campuses, but they do have some differences in terms of their approaches and atmospheres.

Hillel is typically more pluralistic and caters to a wider variety of Jewish beliefs, practices, and backgrounds. Activities at Hillel might include Shabbat dinners, social events, Jewish learning opportunities, community service projects, and interfaith dialogues. Since Hillel is an umbrella organization, the specific offerings and atmosphere can vary by campus, but generally, Hillels strive to create an inclusive environment for all students to explore their Jewish identity.

Chabad, on the other hand, is part of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, which follows Orthodox Hasidic Judaism. Chabad's primary focus is on religious observance and providing a space for Orthodox Jewish students to connect. That being said, Chabad houses are known for their warm and welcoming atmosphere, so students with various levels of religious observance may feel comfortable. Activities at Chabad often center around religious practices, like Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, and Torah study, but can also include social events.

Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your personal beliefs, preferences, and the specific Hillel and Chabad organizations at your college. Many students find that attending events at both organizations allows them to experience different aspects of Jewish life on campus, so don't hesitate to explore both options before settling on one. Good luck and enjoy your college journey!

6 months ago

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