I learn that the Lubavitch rabbi and his wife who, until now, had boasted of running “an alternative… supplement” to Jewish life in Cambridge have now taken over official responsibility for providing services to Cambridge’s mainstream community.
Since its inception, the Cambridge Traditional Jewish Congregation — run jointly by residents and students — has been proudly independent and self-managing, avoiding a direct relationship even with the United Synagogue, which might have been regarded as its closest companion.
Chabad-Lubavitch does excellent chaplaincy work on campuses all over the world but that work should always and only be carried out on its own turf and under its own name. I urge the Cambridge community to rethink. Mainstream Jewish activities in Cambridge should be mainstream and be seen to be mainstream. They should not be hived off, and especially not to a sect with a separate agenda. Stephen Games firstname.lastname@example.org