About Us


Chabad Oakland is an innovative, inclusive, Jewish outreach organization dedicated to fostering a vibrant and engaged community in Oakland.

We unite Jews of all ages, backgrounds and degrees of observance as we explore together – through study, dialogue and experience – the beauty and splendor of Jewish life, ideas and values.

Regardless of your Judaic background and observance, your faith in G-d or current life situation, we offer a nonjudgmental atmosphere for you to learn about your heritage and spiritual rich Judaism.

While Chabad has been serving the Oakland Jewish Community since 1917 (see Our History), our current organization was founded in 2006. Our mission was inspired by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, a leader who cared for every Jew.

Chabad’s many programs and services strive to ensure Jewish continuity by providing opportunities for every Jew to participate in Jewish life – to ask questions, to learn, to find joy and discover their heritage, and/or to seek guidance or assistance.

Our success over the years has been made possible by the many people in the community who have chosen to partner with us and support our many activities and community services, sharing the rewards for all we do.

We invite you to join us for a program, be in touch with us, and partner with us in offering these vital services that help ensure the future of our community, now and into the next generation.

Rabbi Dovid & Shulamis Labkowski

Over the years we have developed several organizations, and Chabad of Oakland & Piedmont serves as the umbrella for these organizations, which include:

  • The Shul
  • YJP Oakland
  • Gani Jewish Preschool
  • Hebrew School of the Arts
  • Jewish Torah Center
  • Jewish Women’s Circle


Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, movement and an organization and a dynamic force in Jewish life today. Thousands of Chabad organizations have sprung up around the world. Read more about Chabad Lubavitch