Chabad of Greater South Bay is a Jewish organization serving the South Peninsula with adult and children’s educational programs, social services, and religious and community outreach programs. We are open, accepting and non-judgmental, and serve Jews from all backgrounds, observance levels and financial means. Whether you want to find out about Jewish life and practices, provide education or a quality camp experience for your child, attend a dynamic class about Jewish life, attend services, or purchase a kosher Mezuzah, we are here for you. There is no membership requirement and we consider every person who turns to us an equal part of the community. If you wish we will come to your house or office or meet with your group.
Chabad Palo Alto was founded by Rabbi and Mrs. Aaron David Berkowitz in 1975. At that time Chabad consisted of a daily Minyan and a small Hebrew school and summer camp. Rabbi Yosef and Dena Levin took over the leadership in 1980, and in 1985 the name of the organization was changed to Chabad of Greater South Bay to reflect the broader area that we serve. Over the years we have developed several organizations, and Chabad of Greater South Bay serves as the umbrella for these organizations, which include:
What distinguishes Chabad of Greater South Bay is our personal approach to every person. We care about you as an individual, and we do all we can to offer you friendship and love with no judgment. We offer a warm, caring environment to all who wish to pursue their Jewish connection, and we reach out to those who prefer not to come and attend formal services. We offer a helping hand and a listening ear to all who turn to us, and we want you to know that you have a friend here.
Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today.
The growth and success of our activities is severely hampered by the lack of an appropriate facility. Our current building is too small and old to be able to accommodate the needs of the community. We have embarked on a Building Campaign to create a beautiful, spacious facility to house our programs, and to create the physical space to house the unique spirit that we bring to the community.
About Rabbi Yosef and Dena Levin
Rabbi Yosef Levin was born in Sunderland, Northern England, in 1956 to parents who escaped the Soviet Union after World War II. His family moved to London when Yosef was 8 years old. He then attended yeshivas in Israel, France, New Jersey, and New York. Dena was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Crown Heights, New York. She attended schools in both New York and Pittsburgh. The Levins were married in New York in 1979 and moved to Palo Alto, at the direction of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, in 1980. They have been blessed by G‑d with 13 children and numerous grandchildren. Despite their senior positions with the organization, they are down-to-earth, easily accessible and very happy to meet people one-on-one or over a bowl of chicken soup at the Shabbat table.