Chabad seeks to be a "home away from home" for Jews on campus and offers a wealth of social, educational and spiritual programmes at campuses across the globe. At University, students are exposed to new ideas and experiences and Chabad seeks to ensure that students graduate as stronger and more empowered Jews than when they entered.
In the early 1950s, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory, began sending rabbinical students to campuses to serve as a resource for students. Since the 1960s, Chabad campus centres open their doors to every Jewish student regardless of background or observance level. Programming always reflects tolerant, non-judgmental and open discussions, which is the hallmark of Chabad's inclusiveness. A unique quality of Chabad's campus centers is the leadership provided by a dynamic couple who create an atmosphere where students can feel safe and seek guidance on variety of social, education and spiritual issues.
More recently, with the assistance of visionary philanthropists George and Pamela Rohr of New York, Chabad on Campus International has set an ambitious course of expansion.
The rapid growth of Chabad on Campus UK and Europe has been made possible through the support, care and vision of David and Lara Slager, who have changed the face of Jewish life on Campus with the establishment of 26 student Chabad houses across Europe.
Today, full-service Chabad Jewish student centres are found on over 210 campuses worldwide, and Chabad-Lubavitch serves hundreds of other campuses with Jewish resources.
Off campus, Chabad hosts national Shabbat retreats with hundreds of students from dozens of universities. Leadership training is highly valued by Chabad, and during the summertime hiatus, Chabad hosts a convention of campus representatives to strengthen leadership skills, share outreach strategies and prepare the next year's programming.