Our History

The story of Chabad Center of Kendall did not really begin in Kendall, or for that matter in the state of Florida, at all. It began almost three hundred years ago in the Carpathian Mountains in Poland with the birth of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), the founder of Chassidism.

One of the greatest of the early Chassidic leaders was Rabbi Scheneur Zalman (1745-1812) of Liadi, a saintly man who came to be known as the Rav. He founded the Chabad movement (Chabad is an acronym of three Hebrew words: chochmah - wisdom, binah - understanding, and da'at - knowledge.) Under his guidance, it quickly emerged as one of the strongest branches of Chassidism and most influential forces in modern Jewish history. Chabad is distinguished by its unique philosophy of Judaism which combines the best of Torah scholarship with personal piety and selfless love for the Jewish people.

Today, more than 2,500 Chabad-Lubavitch institutions span over forty countries on six continents. Our educational and social service institutions serve all Jews- and many non-Jews- regardless of affiliation or background. In the United States alone, more than 600 centers serve communities in every nearly state in the Union. The state of Florida presently boasts over 101 Chabad Centers.



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