Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, movement and an organization and a dynamic force in Jewish life today. Hundreds of Chabad organizations have sprung up around the world.

Chabad of Greater South Bay

New Logo.jpgChabad of Greater South Bay reaches out and welcomes every Jew, offering material and spiritual assistance to all.  With the unconditional love and acceptance for which Chabad is famous, every Jew can find a sympathetic ear and helping hand, and answers to any questions they may have about Jewish life and practice.  Founded in 1975, our mission was inspired by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of sainted memory, whose love for every Jew was legendary.

We live in turbulent times, both in the world in general, and in the Jewish community.  Our community faces both social and spiritual challenges.  Chabad’s many programs and services strive to meet these challenges and ensure Jewish continuity by providing opportunities for every Jew to participate in Jewish life – to ask questions, to learn, to find joy in their heritage, or to seek guidance or assistance.

Our success over the years has been made possible by the many people in the community who have chosen to partner with us and support our many activities and community services, sharing the rewards for all we do.

I invite you to join us for a program, be in touch with us, and partner with us in offering these vital services that help ensure the future of our community, now and into the next generation.

Rabbi Yosef Levin

Over the years we have developed several organizations, and Chabad of Greater South Bay serves as the umbrella for these organizations, which include:

  • Chabad of Palo Alto
  • Chabad of Sunnyvale
  • Los Altos Chabad
  • Chabad at Stanford
  • Chabad Israeli Community
  • Gan Torah Preschool
  • Friendship Circle
  • Dryan Family Mikvah
  • Camp Gan Israel
  • Yossi's Children's Library
  • Chabad Hebrew School

About Rabbi Yosef and Dena Levin

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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.


"Chabad has always been an important contributor to our South Bay Jewish Community.  Their outreach is warm, open and inclusive regardless of a person's level of practice.  Rabbi Levin, Dena and all their children greatly enrich Jewish life on the Peninsula."

Carol Saal

 “In 1980, I became acquainted with Chabad through Rabbi Levin and his family. I was raised with little education about my Jewish roots, but something was missing. When I posted an ad in search of a Jewish roommate at the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center, I received a call from Rabbi Levin   He invited me to a class, and I got a peek inside my own “Roots”.  I knew I had “come home”.   I saw a side of life that was full of richness and meaning.  By the way Rabbi Levin did find me a Jewish roommate, he introduced me to my husband of 35 years.”.

Batsheva Williamson

“Rabbi Levin has served as the Jewish Chaplain for the Santa Clara County Jails and Juvenile Facilities for over 30 years. He has directly helped many in our community as they go through the difficult process of incarceration.    He has brought a sense of love, respect and hope to people who are often isolated from their family and faith community. 

We are most grateful to Rabbi Levin and the Chabad community for their support for our brothers and sisters who are incarcerated. Without this commitment, many would be left to despair and isolation. They can now experience new hope and inclusion into the community.”

Rev. David Robinson, CIC Ministries
Director of Religious Services in the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections and Probation Department

“Chabad of Greater South Bay is rare in its warmth, acceptance, and dedication to its mission: Communicating tradition in a modern world". It is a treasure which deserves every Jew's support.” 

Pam and Ira Machefsky

“We spent several months in Palo Alto, Ca. as our son of blessed memory was hospitalized at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. When G‑d gave us a tough time, the light that kept us going was Chabad of Greater South Bay. We are not affiliated with Chabad - the only relationship we had is that we are fellow Jews, and yet they amazingly stretched their arm out to us. While we were there, we witnessed the amazing programs that Chabad does there. We were in awe of the faithful emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe who do anything to help a fellow Jew physically and spiritually. “

Shaya and Lea Steinberg of Israel, the parents of Dudi of blessed memory

"My experience with Chabad is that it is unequaled in providing counseling and assistance to those with personal crises. They have provided me with knowledge and education about Judaism that fulfills my need for informed Jewish identity."

Dr. Sydney Choslovsky

"...The love and dedication of our children’s first Torah teachers have made a mark in their heart which I'm convinced will outlast all of their life 'turbulences'."

Yonah Alexandre Bronstein, Ph.D.
President & CTO


Contact Us

3070 Louis Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Email [email protected]
Phone 650-424-9800
Fax 650-493-3425