Is what you think about Chabad
You may be surprised. 

1. MYTH:
You have to be Orthodox to participate in programs offered by Chabad.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Salem is inclusive and non-judgmental, and our programs are open to all Jews. In fact, the vast majority of people who participate in programs at Chabad are not Orthodox. The teachings of Chabad are imbued with the renowned Chassidic spirit and joy, but in no way is the commitment to a religious lifestyle a prerequisite to one's acceptance at Chabad functions. In fact, the programs and projects of Chabad are designed specifically to meet the needs of the unaffiliated.

2. MYTH:
Chabad's goal is to make you Orthodox.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Salem is not here to make you Orthodox. Chabad is an educational organization dedicated to helping every Jew – regardless of background, affiliation, or personal level of observance – to increase their level of Jewish knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment.

Chabad invites you to explore all areas of Judaism, its traditions and practices in an open-minded and non-judgmental setting. Ask the difficult questions. Get honest, useful answers that are always thought-provoking and never patronizing.

All of Chabad's programs and services are designed to heighten the awareness of and lend valuable insight into our heritage, traditions, religious practice, laws and rituals. Every Jew is invited to participate, learn and grow at his or her own pace.

3. MYTH:
Chabad does not consider Reform, Conservative, or non-practicing Jews as "real" Jews.

Heaven forefend!

A Jew is a Jew is a Jew. Period. Level of observance is not a factor in one’s “Jewishness.” In fact, Chabad avoids labeling Jews altogether, since it serves only to divide and create barriers between us. The Lubavitcher Rebbe delivered a stinging rebuke to ‘Orthodox’ elements in the USA and Israel for publicly belittling non-Orthodox Jews.

4. MYTH:
Chabad does not accept converts.

Chabad follows traditional Jewish Law which states that any non-Jew who feels sincerely convinced of the beauty and relevance of Torah; who is prepared to follow Jewish tradition and wishes to join the community of Israel, is welcomed as a convert. The conversion process requires immersion in a kosher Mikvah, circumcision for men, and – of course – acceptance of the disciplines and practices of Judaism - all under the guidance of a qualified rabbi.

5. MYTH: 
Chabad does not support the state of Israel.

Chabad, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe in particular, strongly support Israel and is deeply involved in defending its value and right - or more appropriately, its obligation - to exist. Many Chabadnicks serve in the IDF and others contribute practical and spiritual support to the troops. Chabad has over 150 centers in Israel, as well as dozens of educational facilities around the country. Lubavitch trained Rabbis often complete their training in Israeli Yeshivot.

6. MYTH:
Chabad is financed by its headquarters in New York.

It is the policy of the worldwide Chabad movement that each center is supported by the community it serves. Funding for local Chabad programs is solicited locally. None of the money contributed in Oregon is sent to international Chabad headquarters in New York - all funds donated remain right here in our community. Likewise, we do not receive funding from a central fund. Rather, we are supported by those who benefit from our services.

So... shouldn't you find out more about Chabad?