Chabad-Lubavitch, with over 2,700 international branches, is the largest Jewish organization in the world today.
Founded in 1772 by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, Chabad is a Hebrew acronym for Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge. It is a philosophy of study, meditation, and social outreach that bridges rigorous academics with proactive community involvement. Lubavitch is the town in White Russia where the movement was based for more than a century. The Russian word Lubavitch means brotherly love, emblematic of the love and dedication that characterizes Chabad-Lubavitch and its emissaries worldwide.