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Rabbi Moshe & Devorah Brennan
     Rabbi Moshe Brennan was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and at an early age moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he was raised along with his 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Moshe graduated from Oholei Torah in Crown Heights and continued his higher education in Manchester, England for 4 years. After an additional year of study in Miami, Florida, he returned to Crown Heights for a course of intense study to receive smicha, Rabbinic Ordination, from the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva. After getting married to Devorah during the winter of 2003, Moshe spent a year of additional study in Kollel. In the winter of 2004 they moved to Merion to join the staff of Chabad of the Main Line as Director of Programming. In the summer of 2011 they moved to Wynnewood to direct Chabad activities in the Penn Wynne area. Moshe and Devorah have 4 children.
     Devorah was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She attended the Hebrew Academy of Cape Town and graduated from Herzlia High School. After concluding her formal education Devorah attended a teacher's seminary. In addition to running woman’s programs and events, she currently spends much of her time raising her five children while helping expand Chabad's programs.

 

About Chabad-Lubavitch


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.

Lubavitch appropriately means the “city of brotherly love”The word “Chabad is a Hebrew acronym for the three intellectual faculties of chochmah—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 or 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 Hasidism—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 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.

The Leadership

No person or detail was too small or insignificant for their love and dedicationThe movement is guided by the teachings of its seven leaders (“Rebbes”), 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 of righteous memory (1902–1994), 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 1940s, 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.

Today 4,000 full-time emissary families direct more than 3,300 institutions 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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