Chabad of Curaçao
The Chabad Lubavitch philosophy is based on Ahavat Yisrael - unconditional love and concern for every Jew, regardless of affiliation, level of knowledge, or observance. Chabad of Curaçao provides spiritual guidance, community outreach and education to inspire all Jews to discover their common bond of Jewish faith and observance.
Chabad of Curaçao’s numerous programs and activities provide the education and means to promote Jewish knowledge, awareness and practice to experience our Jewish heritage connecting us to our past, present and future.
Our goal is to create a positive Jewish experience for everyone as they strengthen their ties to Jewish life and continuity.
Chabad of Curaçao also serves as a “home away from home” for the thousands of Jewish visitors to the Island regardless of background or affiliation, providing their spiritual and physical needs.
Join us for our exciting holiday programs, an enriching class, or a reinvigorating Shabbat meal. We are here to serve you, and with so many opportunities available just around the corner, all you need to do is show up.
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Chabad of Curaçao is a place where everyone is welcome!
Meet the Staff
Born in Belgium, Rabbi Refoel Silver was raised in Brooklyn, NY. After completing his undergraduate studies in the Chicago Ohr Eliyahu Rabbinical College, he continued his postgraduate studies in the TTL Brunoy Rabbinical Yeshiva College of Paris, France.
During his rabbinical training, Refoel conducted and led holiday services and Jewish educational programs in many Jewish communities across the globe, including Italy, Morocco, Ukraine, Lithuania, France and Switzerland.
In 2015, Refoel was ordained by many prestigious European Rabbis while studying in Rabbinical Seminary of Antwerp, Belgium. After his marriage, he continued his studies at the Kolel for advanced Rabbinics in Brooklyn.
Chani (née Pevzner) Silver was born and raised in Paris, France, where her parents serve as directors of the renowned ‘Institutions Sinai’ Jewish day school network with over 2,200 students. She graduated with honors from the acclaimed Beth Rivkah Teacher’s seminary and Jewish Educational Institute in Israel. After receiving her degree in Judaic Teaching in Diaspora, she taught and directed programs at the Bnot Menachem High School in Moscow, Russia. In 2016, Chani moved to NY to continue her teaching career at Manhattan's prestigious 'Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School.
In September of 2017 Rabbi Refoel and Chani and (then) baby Chaya moved to Curaçao to establish Chabad of Curaçao and serve as Rabbi & Rebbitzen of Shaarei Tsedek.
Rabbi Refoel and Chani are the proud parents of Chaya (born in NY) and Zalman, and Hillel (born in Dushi Curaçao), who look forward to greeting you in Curaçao very soon!
What is Chabad?
Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today.
The word "Chabad" is a Hebrew acronym for the three intellectual faculties of: chachmah-wisdom, binah-comprehension and da'at-knowledge. The movement's system of Jewish religious philosophy, the deepest dimension of G-d's Torah, teaches understanding and recognition of the Creator, the role and purpose of Creation, and the importance and unique mission of each Creature. This philosophy guides
a person to refine and govern his and her every act and feeling through wisdom, comprehension and knowledge.
The word "Lubavitch" is the name of the town in White Russia where the movement was based for more than a century. Appropriately, the word Lubavitch in Russian means the "city of brotherly love." The name Lubavitch conveys the essence of the responsibility and love engendered by the Chabad philosophy toward every single Jew.
Following its inception 250 years ago, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement -- a branch of Chasidism -- swept through Russia and spread in surrounding countries as well. It provided scholars with answers that eluded them and simple farmers with a love that had been denied of them. Eventually, the philosophy of Chabad-Lubavitch and its adherents reached almost every corner of the world and affected almost every facet of Jewish life.
The movement is guided by the teachings of its seven leaders ("Rebbes"), beginning with Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, of righteous memory (1745-1812). These leaders expounded upon the most refined and delicate aspects of Jewish mysticism, creating a corpus of study thousands of books strong. They personified the age-old, Biblical qualities of piety and leadership. And they concerned themselves not only with Chabad-Lubavitch, but with the totality of Jewish life, spiritual and physical. No person or detail was too small or insignificant for their love and dedication.
In our generation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known simply as "the Rebbe," guided post-holocaust Jewry to safety from the ravages of that devastation.
The origins of today's Chabad-Lubavitch organization can be traced to the early 1940s when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of righteous memory (1880-1950), appointed his son-in-law and later successor, Rabbi Menachem Mendel, to head the newly-founded educational and social service arms of the movement. Motivated by his profound love for every Jew and spurred by his boundless optimism and self-sacrifice, the Rebbe set into motion a dazzling array of programs, services and institutions to serve every Jew.
Today 4,500 full-time emissary families apply 250-year-old principles and philosophy to direct more than 3,500 institutions (and a workforce that numbers in the tens of thousands) dedicated to the welfare of the Jewish people worldwide.