Mission Statement:

Chabad of SLO and Cal Poly, "Rohr Center for Jewish Life " is dedicated to providing every Jew regardless of background, philosophy or level of commitment, an open door environment for strengthening and enhancing Jewish family life.  Chabad serves individuals, families and students looking for an anchor and non-judgmental, accepting, personalized Jewish experience.

In 1969, the first campus Chabad House was established at UCLA. Since then, Chabad-Lubavitch has established Jewish centers on over 100 campuses all across America and around the world, bringing the beauty of our heritage and offering a “home away from home” to thousands of Jewish students regardless of background, level of observance or affiliation.

Students come to the Chabad House for…

• A bowl of homemade chicken soup, fresh baked challah and camaraderie at weekly Shabbat dinners.
• The myriad classes offered – from Hebrew to Bible, from Mysticism to advanced Talmud, or simply to ask serious questions about Judaism.
• Social action projects – clothing drives for the homeless, blood drives for the sick, rebuilding hurricane–ravaged communities.
• A place to socialize and relax with other Jewish students with activities including kosher cooking, spa night, concerts, skiing, paintball, Jewish women’s cabaret, Kabbalates and athletics.
• Crucial leadership experience through our affiliated student groups.
• A discreet, sympathetic ear, a warm heart, a smile and a hug, and appropriate guidance or referrals when needed.
• Religious services and much more!

Although students are our primary focus, we also strive to serve the Jewish needs of faculty and staff.

Chabad Houses are inspired by the example and teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. During the volatile years of the 1960’s, the Rebbe saw the promise of a new generation. While many bemoaned the rejection of traditional values — especially among the college youth — the Rebbe saw the ‘searching’ that was at the heart of this cultural revolution. The Rebbe urged his followers to help channel this positive youthful energy towards building more constructive lives and communities.

Because the job of a Chabad House is to love, not to judge; to teach, not to dictate; to welcome, not to exclude — today there are tens of thousands of committed and caring young Jews all across America and around the world whose positive Jewish identity was shaped at a Chabad House during the critical college years.