NEW YORK (Dec. 18)
The Lubavitch movement announced a major drive to establish hundreds of new Chabad-Lubavitch Houses all over the world to serve Jewish religious, social and educational needs. Plans are well advanced for 120 new houses to open in the next few months, according to an announcement at the conclusion of the movement’s three-day conference at Lubavitch world headquarters here last weekend.
The movement also vowed to broaden its outreach program to Jewish children who receive no Jewish education. It was responding to the address by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson, who called for a proliferation of Chabad-Lubavitch Houses.
“These houses will be a place where anyone can come to pray or study and avail themselves of all the Jewish educational and social services these centers offer,” Schneerson said.
He referred to the “painful yet inescapable fact that more than three quarters of Jewish children receive no Jewish education whatsoever. This is true even in the New York area, as well as across the United States and around the world,” he said.
The conference featured discussion sessions and workshops to find solutions to current problems of the Jewish community. The subjects dealt with were Jewish unity, Jews on college campuses, drug abuse, cults, summer camps, adult education, Jewish education generally, educational materials and the use of computer communications systems.