Chabad at Short Hills is based on the ideology of Chabad and fueled by the inspiration and teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of righteous memory, which have at their foundation the encompassing mitzvah “to love every Jew as one loves himself” and the mandate to concretize that love with Acts of Kindness and Mitzvahs. It's our belief that every individual Jew has an indispensable contribution to make to the totality of the Jewish people. Chabad welcomes all Jews at their own pace and comfort level through innovative educational programs in all areas of Jewish life.


The Chabad Center is guided by the idea that there should be a place where everyone can feel at home, within a Jewish context. There should be a Center for Jewish discovery where open-minded exploration is the key, not background or affiliation.

Ours is a place where Judaism is celebrated joyfully and meaningfully, where Judaism sheds relevant perspective to our daily lives. With opportunities to expand the mind, excite the heart and touch the soul, our Center offers a wide range of learning venues, for all ages, where questions are encouraged and embraced. 

Located in Short Hills, NJ, our Center is premised on the idea that every individual has an indispensable contribution to make to the totality of the human experience.

Core Values:

The organizational mindset of the Chabad Center is permeated by Core Values. These values find expression in all of our programs and activities. They are not a list of disconnected ideas but a holistic unit that forms our attitude to life. 

RELATIONSHIPS. Life is enriched by the relationships we form. At Chabad, we deeply value a sense of context. We seek genuine relationships with each other, with the environment, and with the Divine.

EXPLORATION. A constant openness to questioning allows us to discover new frontiers; it is a necessary tool in the unfolding of our own potential. At Chabad, we respect this power of exploration, and celebrate its processes.  

TIME. Time is not just a passive backdrop to our lives. Rather, it comprises moments, periods and holidays, each with its own distinct message, guiding us to various aspects in our journey of self-growth. At Chabad, our openness to the lessons of these moments, allows us to access the power of Time.

SPACE. Space is more than just the natural context of our lives. It can have such a profound effect on how we feel and the way we operate. At Chabad, we are conscious of the power of Space, respecting its designations.  

RESPONSIBILITY. Our human instinct is to focus on what we want or need from others. Responsibility is a mindset which reverses the flow, emphasizing our mandate to respond to other's needs. It's not what we want out of life, but what life wants out of us. At Chabad, we see Responsibility as a beautiful thing, not as a burden.

JOY. Living right is an intense experience, but we must never lose the lightness of being, the feeling of boundless joy. At Chabad, we focus on the joy of simply ‘being in the moment’, and celebrate who we are within a shimmering world.