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About us

About us

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Chabad of Tasmania started in 1984 under the auspices of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, in the home of David and Penina Clark in Hobart, with the help of Rabbi Yossi Gordon as visiting Rabbi. In 1986, when the Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged the purchase or expansion of Chabad Houses throughout the world, Rabbi Joseph Gutnick donated a historic mansion at 5 Brisbane st. Launceston. Rabbi Yossi Gordon as traveling Shliach, ran the Chabad House for the next 25 years with the invaluable help of local volunteer Gershon Goldsteen, dedicated manager of the Chabad House.

In 2011, Rabbi Yochanan and Rochel Gordon were invited to Tasmania as resident Shluchim to expand programs for the benefit of Jews living in or visiting the island state.

Chabad's sole purpose is to “love every Jew, help every Jew, bring every Jew closer to his/her Jewishness” by providing spiritual, material and social support for all Jews regardless of their origin, affiliation or degree of observance. This creates an atmosphere of unity, which transcends all differences/levels of observance and guarantees Jewish continuity.

The Rebbe taught his followers that no matter what remote part of the world a Jew finds himself, he should be able to visit a welcoming haven to meet, socialize and pray with his fellow Jews. To that end, Chabad operates a vast and growing global network of outreach centers, which number in the thousands and can be found, from Colombia to Kazakhstan, from Alaska to Timbuktu.

With G‑d’s infinite blessings and the generous support and involvement of concerned Jews, Chabad of Tasmania has grown rapidly during the years since its founding. We have initiated educational and social programs that cater to both the local Jewish community and to the significant population of visitors, whether coming for business or leisure.

Chabad of Tasmania provides Rabbinic leadership, kosher food and other religious requirements to the local Jewish community, as well as for Jewish visitors.

Many Israeli citizens pass through Tasmania each year as well as hundreds of Jews of other nationalities. It is for this reason that Chabad of Tasmania is in the process of establishing special programs to provide a “home away from home” for these “backpackers”. We welcome these travelers offering them assistance, guidance, a listening ear and providing a powerful and memorable Jewish experience.

We look forward to expanding our Shabbat and Holiday programs which are attended by many as well as Public Pesach Sedarim and the High Holidays.

Chabad of Tasmania relies on support from locals, travelers and concerned Jews the world over. All contributions to Chabad of Tasmania are used exclusively to support and enhance these programs.

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