About Chabad Of Prospect Heights
The Chabad Prospect Heights Jewish Community Center is one of the city’s most unorthodox, Orthodox destinations, a popular center for both Jews who are returning to their Jewish roots and experienced congregants. Currently located at 214 Underhill Ave in the heart of Brooklyn’s cultural district. The Center sits at the intersection of Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. The Chabad House is the center for Jewish activities in these four communities.
Founded at the direction of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem M. Schneerson, and under the guidance of Rabbi Ari Kirschenbaum, Chabad Prospect Heights is a spiritual guidepost and service center for the community to express their spiritual needs and gain inspiration to develop the same while connecting with Almighty G-d. The Chabad House is referred to as a “Community House of G-d” – a spiritual lighthouse from where holiness and G-dliness emanate to the entire community. A shul is a Beit Ha-Knesset, house of gathering for prayer, a Beit Ha-Midrash, house for learning, a Beit Gemilut-Chassadim, a house for acts of kindness, and a Mikdash Me’at, a minor Holy Temple. Indeed, this is our ambition, aspiration and goal.
The Center offers all religious and spiritual services including rites of passage, momentous occasions, anniversaries, expressions of happy and sad moments, the celebration of traditional milestones, holidays and ceremonial relationships. The Center also awakens and helps to develop the spiritual inner-self of the person. Manifesting the concept that Jewishness or Judaism is not merely a religion but a way of life, the Center provides the language and the exercise program that fulfills the needs of the soul and strengthens it to function maximally in synergism with the body.
The Center is a meeting place for social, religious, educational, cultural, and family events and where people seek guidance and advice for whatever issues life presents. The Center is available and accessible to every single Jewish man, woman and child.
In addition to traditional synagogue services The Center provides a treasure chest of opportunities for Jews of all ages and distinctions. The popular programs The Center offers include: Adult Education Classes, highlighted by our popular Wednesday night one-on-one study program; The Centers Youth Club, boasting a large number of activities from classes to social meetings and outings; The Young Leadership Committee, presenting many activities for singles including Shabbatons and gatherings; The Chabad Prospect heights’ Jewish Women’s Inner Circle, uniting the women of the community in various projects and events; Visitation program for the Elderly and other Senior Citizen programs; Shabbatons catering to a variety of groups; The Luria Academy, the first modern orthodox Montessori based day school in Brownstone Brooklyn, and much more!
Our Center and vision, illuminates the environment, bringing enlightenment, clarity, and goodness to even remote places that may still be obscured or isolated.
Chabad Prospect Heights is a cornucopia of spiritual opportunities. It addresses every denomination of a person’s inner being including psychological, emotional, religious, social and personal. The Chabad House is where one can walk that significant bridge between where G-d speaks to man and man speaks to G-d. It re-prioritizes values, diminishing the unnecessary separations of economic class or otherwise fragmenting attitudes.
Chabad Prospect Heights is under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Ari Kirschenbaum, a well known and caring educator who believes the Torah must be experienced in the context of a modern, technologically advanced world. His approach is encouraged through sermons and discussions known for their dynamic philosophical positions and Jewish mystical content.
The Center is based on the ideology of Chabad Lubavitch, which has at its foundation based on the encompassing mitzvah “to love every Jew as one loves himself” and to permeate that love with Acts of Kindness, Mitzvas, Torah Study and Prayer. The Center is a place where people want to go – not have to go; where you enjoy being – not where you look forward to leaving. A home away from home, a gathering place where unity is paramount.
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