Lubavitch Chabad finds new Northbrook home

By Nick Katz [email protected] | September 20, 2011

Story Image When the Shofar sounds for Rosh Hashanah next week, it will have special meaning at Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook.

The congregation will be celebrating not just the Jewish New Year, but the first time the high holidays — Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — will be spent in a synagogue of its own.

“The expansion coinciding with the Jewish New Year, brings a new sense of enthusiasm for the many families and individuals that participate in the myriad of programs that Chabad offers,” said Rabbi Meir Moscowitz, director of Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook. “This move will initiate a center that will be bustling with activities for people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of Sept,. 28.

The move was still underway this week, Moscowitz said, as the congregation moved from rented space at the Center of Deafness to the new, larger facility, the former Ezra Habonim Congregation at 2095 Landwehr Road. The new building will provide not only a place to worship, but space for the growing Hebrew school, and a range of activities for children and adults.

Most worshippers, Moscowitz said, come from Northbrook.

Hebrew school classes have already been held in the new building, Moscowitz said.

“You should have seen the smiles on the children’s faces when we started Hebrew school,” he said.

Moscowitz said he talked with representatives of Ezra Habonim some time ago, but the building became available only recently after that congregation merged with two other North Shore congregations.

“They came to us a long time ago,” Moscowitz said. “It was only recently that it became a real possibility.”

He said Lubavitch Chabad has been growing in the eight years it held services in the Center on Deafness.

Although the congregation does not require membership to attend services and take part in other activities, enrollment in the Hebrew School gives an indication of just how fast that growth has come, he said.

From 12 students just a few years ago, it climbed to 32 students last year and 45 this year.

“We’re on the right track,” Rabbi Moscowitz said. “We needed a larger space.”

Moscowitz said one of the things unique about Lubavitch Chabad is that services are open to everyone and there are no membership fees.

“At Lubavitch-Chabad of Northbrook we understand the need for a meaningful service for every Jew regardless of his or her upbringing or financial wherewithal,” he said. “The services will be user-friendly making it enjoyable and meaningful for both the seasoned worshipper and the novice.”

“According to tradition, at the New Year the “Doors of Heaven” are open; as G‑d accepts all prayers, from anyone,” Rabbi Moscowitz said. “The least we can do is open our doors as well to the entire community.”

“We’re very excited about the new building and staying in Northbrook,” Moscowitz said.

Services will be led by Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, senior rabbi of the congregation, and Cantor Ruven Gitter of New York.

For a full schedule of services, times, and for reservations call the congregation at 847-564-8770 or visit the web site at

Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook is a branch of the Lubavitch-Chabad movement, an international organization under the leadership of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of righteous memory. With more than 3,000 centers and establishments around the globe, it is by far the largest network of Jewish religious and social services in the world.