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Meet the Team

 

Berel Gurevitch

Rabbi & Co-director

Rabbi Berel Gurevitch grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After completing his Jewish studies in Israel, Canada and Argentina, he received his Rabbinical ordination in 2014. Passionate about creating Jewish community, Berel spent time doing outreach work and teaching in New York, Argentina, Los Angeles, Israel, Nigeria, Lithuania, Peru and elsewhere. He has a keen ability to connect with people of all demographics and backgrounds. Berel is a gifted teacher, experienced administrator and a great coffee date! 

Contact: berel@villagechabad.com

 

Chana Gurevitch

Co-director

Chana grew up in Brooklyn as well; up the road from Berel. Exotic Melbourne, Australia and mystical Safed, Israel were home to Chana for a number of years. The unique spirit of each city enriched her studies and deep appreciation for Judaism that resonates in the twenty first century. Chana's wisdom and warmth make connecting with her easy and enjoyable. 

Contact: chana@villagechabad.com

Rabbi Berel and Chana, along with their children Risha and Shmuel, established Chabad West Village in 2018 with a vision of creating a vibrant Jewish community center where all feel welcome to discover, connect, and celebrate. Come see it for yourself!

Our Motivation & Philosophy

Chabad is a global movement of Jewish education and community activism driven by the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Since 1951, the Rebbe's goal to reach out to every corner of the world with love and concern has unfolded dramatically, with over 3,500 Chabad centers in nearly 1,000 cities worldwide.

Motivated by a profound love for humanity and spurred by a boundless optimism, the Rebbe lifted the global Jewish community from the ashes of the Holocaust and guided the establishment of an unprecedented range of Jewish institutions, outreach programs, and social services. No sector of the community has been excluded—young and old; men and women; leader and layman; scholar and laborer; student and teacher; children, and even infants. 

Chabad strongly upholds the belief that every Jew, indeed every human being, has a unique role to play in the greater scheme of things and is an integral part of the tapestry of G‑d's creation.

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