Chabad House Center of Kansas City

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 17 December 2012.

Phone: 913-649-4852
Email: info@chabadkc.org
Website: http://www.kansasjewish.com/

Background

Founded in 1970, the Chabad House Center of Kansas City offers educational and social services for Jewish youth in Kansas City. Examples of current activities are Chanukah Wonderland, holiday crafts workshops, tennis, basketball, baseball, and walking or biking on the nearby trails. Rabbis of the center are members of organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, Harvesters, the Jewish Federation, Hadassah, and FCS. Chabad Houses are in existence worldwide, deploying missionaries who encourage Jews to be observant -- to carry out the ceremonies of the Jewish life such as praying with phylacteries or celebrating the sabbath meal.

History

Chabad House Center of Kansas City is part of the Chabad-Lubavitch organization, which originated in the town of Lubavitch in Russia. The leader of the movement until 1994, the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994) was strongly influential on the character of Chabad today. He began his work with a few survivors of the Holocaust and built Lubavitcher Hasidism into a worldwide organization. According to its website, www.chabadkc.org, “Chabad is a worldwide movement that spreads Jewish awareness to all Jews whether male or female, old or young.” The word chabad means understanding, wisdom, and knowledge. The message of Chabad is “don’t just think about doing something, actually do it.” Chabad House is a place for all Jews regardless of their affiliations. Services are mostly in Hebrew and Yiddish, with readings in English. Many young people who come to Chabad are not religious, some having little Jewish education and others none at all. A belief of Chabad is “No Jew should ever be lost to the Jewish people, no Jew must ever be lonely.”

Description of the Center

Originally, the building that Chabad House occupies was a country club for the Nall Hills development. It became Chabad House in 1970. Worship services take place in a small room. Other rooms are used for offices and the preschool. Rabbi Sholom Wineberg said that the Chabad House experienced no major crisis in the development of their religious center.

Activities and Schedule

Chabad House's programs and services are extensive. Please consult the web site, www.chabadkc.org