What is Chabad?

Chabad House at UVA is a “home away from home” to hundreds of college students.  Providing a warm, open, non-judgemental, Jewish family atmosphere makes our niche in Charlottesville so unique.  Whether it’s our crowded Shabbat Dinners, or a personal visit during our families weeknight dinner hour, our doors are always open. Chabad House is here to foster a love of Judaism in the students and the greater Charlottesville community.  To encourage a love and connection to the Jewish people, the Torah, and the land of Israel.  Regardless of background or affiliation, Chabad accepts all Jews as equals and strives to make all who walk inside feel welcome.  There are no members or membership fees.

The name Chabad comes from the acronym Chamah (wisdom) Binah (understanding) Daat (knowledge) .  Chabad’s philosophy defines the deepest dimension of G‑d’s Torah, teaches understanding and recognition of the Creator, the role and purpose of Creation, and the importance and unique mission of every Creature.  The teachings stress the importance of each Jewish soul and equate them with diamonds, both precious and rare.

Following its inception more than 250 years ago, the movement swept through Russia into all corners of the world. Today, more than 4000 shluchim (emissaries) direct more than 3300 institutions worldwide.  A workforce numbering in the tens of thousands teaches Judaism around the globe to Jews from all walks of life.  Whether on a college campus, in a large community, in a tourist attraction, running a drug rehab, managing a soup kitchen in Israel, or directing an orphanage is Russia, Chabad’s presence is ubiquitous.   Chabad centers are referred to as Chabad Houses, as is the case in Charlottesville.  Most are run by a husband and wife team and their families, who often live far away from family and friends just to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people. 

Rabbi Shlomo Mayer            Mrs. Channa Mayer

Co-Director                            Co-Director

[email protected]    [email protected]

The Mayer Kids: 
Reuvi 20
Meni 19
Esther 16
Zalman 14  

Yisroel 10

Bina 6 

Signature Programs of Chabad House:


Brisket Rosh Hashanah Dinner

Shofar on the Lawn

Pre-Fast Chow Down

Yom Kippur Break the Fast

Sukkot BBQ

Pizza in the Hut

Giant Menorah on the Lawn

Chanukah Party & Study Break

Megillah on the Lawn

Purim Extravaganza

Free Student Seder


Passover Weekly Meals

Shabbat 1000

Themed Shabbat Dinners

Women's Programing

Jewish Women's Retreat

Judaism Best Kept Secret: A Talk on the Power of the Jewish Woman

Tea & Talk: A Weekly Women's Weekly Chat over Chai


Sinai Scholars

Pizza & Parsha

In-Depth Text Analysis

Mysticism & Feminism

Tanya: The Light of Chassidic Philosophy

Torah on Tap

Prayer 101

Talmud for Dummies

Mikvah Tours

Jewish Perspective on Love & Intimacy

Stump the Rabbi

NY Shabbaton Weekend


Mitzvah Corps: Visiting the Sick

Mitzvos & Mimosa's

Pink Shabbat

Israel Unity March


Cafe Chabad

Challah Baking

Hamantaschen Baking

Jewish Dating Event

Wine & Cheese

Mezuzah Making

Kosher Cooking Club

Graduating Student Cocktail Parties

Falafel Night

Midnight Breakfast 

Winter/Summer Break Programs

Mayanot Birthright Trips

Snorkel & Study



JNF Mission to Israel

"Although this organization has members who are Universty of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged inits activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The Universidoes not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions."