Chabad house


Chabad house (chuh-BAHD HOUSE) listen


  • n. A synagogue/residence/outreach center operated by Chabad-Lubabvitch, usually run by a Rabbi and wife, and often their children.

Example Sentences

  • "I'm going to the Chabad House for Shabbos dinner! They have chicken soup and vodka!"

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Textual Hebrew


  • Chabad, חב"ד, a Hebrew acronym for Chochmah, Binah, Da'at (חכמה, בינה, דעת): "Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge" + English house

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      Habad house


  • Rabbis are trained by Chabad-Lubavitch (a Hasidic group) and sent to set up a community based out of their home. They often serve Shabbat and holiday meals, run services and classes. "Chabad" or "Habad" is defined in many dictionaries and lists of Jewish-English words, but "Chabad house" is often not.

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