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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

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