Chabad of Bedford was founded to provide every Jew regardless of background or degree of commitment, the opportunity to discover the relevance, joy and meaning in our shared heritage. Chabad programs and events all take place in a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

 

Our Rabbi and Rebbitzen

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Rabbi Arik, Sara and their four children live in Katonah, NY. 

Rabbi Arik, originally from Australia, was ordained at Central Chabad Yeshiva in Brooklyn. He enjoys playing basketball and teaching Torah. Rabbi Arik's humor and warmth permeate every experience at Chabad, from the JLI classes to meaningful and welcoming prayer services. At any occasion, Simchas to life-cycle events, Rabbi Arik's sensitivity, compassion and wisdom uplift the experience for his congregants and anyone in need of support. Every holiday program and event is infused by his mission to make Judaism relevant and joyous to all. He can be reached at  rabbi@chabadbedford.com

Sara, originally from Brooklyn, is the Educational Director at Chabad. She considers each of the students a child of her own, and channels her energy and creativity into engaging and spiritual experiences for students of all ages. She is enthusiastic about the Chabad Cteen program and passionate about the women's Torah classes. Her warmth is reflected in the incredible generosity and positive spirit that surrounds the members of Chabad of Bedford. She can be reached at sara@chabadbedford.com 

The Wolf children's favorite time of the week is Friday night when the house is full of Shabbat guests. They are actively involved in their parents’ community work and can always be seen helping and leading events. From weekly parsha plays in Shul to actively leading the junior congregation, they are clearly thriving, thanks to the Jewish community in Bedford. 

Rabbi Arik, Sara, Mendel, Zalman, Perry and Shaina, look forward to welcoming you at Chabad of Bedford for many happy occasions! 


Philosophy & Core Values

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RELEVANCE – Judaism and its values and traditions are as relevant today as ever and enrich our lives and the lives of our families with a sense of purpose and direction. At Chabad we present Judaism in this light, so that it sheds relevant perspective on our daily lives. 

IDENTITY – Jewish history and tradition aren’t just powerful and relevant ideas, but they are our story and our heritage. At Chabad we work to make Judaism a part  of the personal narrative of each individual. 

about us 2.jpg  JOY - Living right is an intense experience, but doing so with joy makes the experience an even more enriching one. At Chabad, we focus on the joy of Judaism and in the happiness and delight living as a Jew gives us.

 RELATIONSHIPS - Life is enriched by the relationships we form. At Chabad, we deeply value a sense of community. We seek to foster genuine relationships amongst the adults and youth of our community.

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT – Every healthy living organism must continue to grow, particularly spiritually. At Chabad we seek to create an environment that fosters and nurtures personal growth and development where questions and exploration are encouraged and embraced. We believe in the power of individual actions and mitzvahs independent of the context in which they are performed.