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About Chabad Jewish Center of Springfield

Chabad Jewish Center of Springfield is committed to the themes on which the Chabad movement is based: a love for G-d, a love for Torah, and a love for the Jewish people.

Chabad welcomes every Jew into an inviting and non-judgmental environment in which to experience our heritage. Chabad brings a warmth and joy to Judaism.

Rabbi Mendy and his wife Sara Turen, serve as the directors of the Chabad Jewish Center of Springfield, IL.

Rabbi Turen grew up in Chicago. His parents Rabbi Eli and Tsyrl Turen are serving the Jewish community of Chicago. His father serves as a Rabbi of a local synagogue, and his mother is principal of a Jewish girls high school.

The rabbi studied at a large Jewish school in a suburb of Paris for four years, and then went on to study in Israel for two years. After graduating, he served as a teacher in a Jewish high school in Cincinnati, OH.

He also studied at the Central Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brooklyn and continued his postgraduate studies at the Kollel Institute in Brooklyn. He received his rabbinical ordination in 2014.

Sara Turen, was born in Boulder, CO. She has a degree in education, and taught at Beis Rivkah elementary school in Brooklyn.

The Turens plan to augment and further develop the Jewish programming in Springfield and surrounding areas, as well as make contact with unaffiliated Jews in the area.

The activities of the center will include: Shabbat meals, meaningful classes/study partners, house visitation, holiday celebrations, and prayers.

The Philosophy

Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today.

The word "Chabad" is a Hebrew acronym for the three intellectual faculties of: chachmah-wisdom, binah-comprehension and da'at-knowledge. The movement's system of Jewish religious philosophy, the deepest dimension of G-d's Torah, teaches understanding and recognition of the Creator, the role and purpose of Creation, and the importance and unique mission of each Creature. This philosophy guides a person to refine and govern his and her every act and feeling through wisdom, comprehension and knowledge.

The word "Lubavitch" is the name of the town in White Russia where the movement was based for more than a century. Appropriately, the word Lubavitch in Russian means the "city of brotherly love." The name Lubavitch conveys the essence of the responsibility and love engendered by the Chabad philosophy toward every single Jew.

The Movement

Following its inception 250 years ago, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement -- a branch of Chasidism -- swept through Russia and spread in surrounding countries as well. It provided scholars with answers that eluded them and simple farmers with a love that had been denied of them. Eventually the philosophy of Chabad-Lubavitch and its adherents reached almost every corner of the world and affected almost every facet of Jewish life.

Leadership

The movement is guided by the teachings of its seven leaders ("Rebbe's"), beginning with Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, of righteous memory (1745-1812). These leaders expounded upon the most refined and delicate aspects of Jewish mysticism, creating a corpus of study thousands of books strong. They personified the age-old, Biblical qualities of piety and leadership. And they concerned themselves not only with Chabad-Lubavitch, but with the totality of Jewish life, spiritual and physical. No person or detail was too small or insignificant for their love and dedication.

In our generation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Melech Ha'Moshiach, known simply as "the Rebbe," guided post-holocaust Jewry to safety from the ravages of that devastation.

The Organization

The origins of today's Chabad-Lubavitch organization can be traced to the early 1940's when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of righteous memory (1880-1950), appointed his son-in-law and later successor, Rabbi Menachem Mendel, to head the newly-founded educational and social service arms of the movement.

Motivated by his profound love for every Jew and spurred by his boundless optimism and self-sacrifice, the Rebbe set into motion a dazzling array of programs, services and institutions to serve every Jew.

Today 4,000 full-time emissary families apply 250 year-old principles and philosophy to direct more than 3,300 institutions (and a workforce that numbers in the tens of thousands) dedicated to the welfare of the Jewish people worldwide.
 

 


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