What will Chabad offer the Jewish students of Virginia Tech?

In a Jewish world where ideologies proliferate, rare is the individual Librescu.gifthat arouses the honor of the entire Jewish people. Professor Liviu Librescu accomplished this great feat with one selfless act. On April 16, 2007, the holocaust survivor again stared death in the face, barricaded the classroom door with his body, and cried out to his students to jump to safety and live.

Per his family's request we have established Chabad at Virginia Tech and The Librescu Jewish Student Center in his honor. It is a home guided by a family, which will carry on Professor Librescu's legacy of life and serve as a source of comfort and inspiration for the Jews of Virginia Tech University. The center is a fitting response to the darkness of that tragic day and a testament to a great man's deepest conviction.

The Librescu Jewish Student Center at Virginia Tech exists to reach out and foster a spiritual Jewish community. Here, Jews of all backgrounds can explore and celebrate their heritage in a warm, welcoming, non-judgmental environment. We are devoted to one major principle: Ahavat Yisrael – Love of a Fellow Jew. We believe that like the many limbs of a single body, every individual Jew has a vital contribution to make to the totality of our people. Therefore our goal is to embrace and engage fellow Jews through innovative programs in all areas of Jewish life.

challah Among our planned programs, we will host weekly Shabbat dinners that provide Jewish students an intimate setting to eat, socialize and celebrate Shabbat in a spiritual and intellectually stimulating manner. Holiday programs will enhance Jewish consciousness and pride throughout the campus community. Lectures and classes on Jewish law, mysticism, philosophy, and ethics, teach the relevance and share the beauty and depth of our heritage. In addition, we will strive to make ourselves available to the students and the larger community whenever and wherever our services are needed.

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