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"'Love thy neighbor as thyself...' This is the entire basis of Judaism."

- Hillel (Talmudic sage)

And it's the basis of Chabad.

The philosophy is simple. Invite every Jew, regardless of his or her Jewish background, to become part of a warm community.

Chabad of Clinton opened its doors in the fall of 2014 and immediately began offering social, educational, recreational and religious programming for students and faculty at Hamilton College, as well as the local Jewish community.

Chabad is home where all people are welcome, regardless of affiliation, denomination or lifestyle.

  • To create a home-away-from-home, where students can unwind..

  • To serve as an educational resource for the next generation of Jewish leaders and thinkers.

  • To encourage students to explore and deepen their Jewish identity through education, traditional service, and connection with Israel.

  • To become a model for engaging students in a way that recognizes the unique qualities of a small liberal arts community.

  • The welcoming of every Jew

  • Creating a sense of belonging

  • Jewish learning

  • Spiritual growth and practice

  • A home away from home where all are welcome no matter background or affiliation.

  • A place where every Jew is family.

  • A place that provides religious, educational, social, and recreational programming for the community of Jewish students

  • A place where students socialize in a comfortable home-like setting with great friends, superb food and stimulating discussions.

  • A forum where you can question
    your faith and not be afraid of

  • A haven to which you can turn when
    you’re stressed or lonely and need
    a true friend. The doors are always
    open, 24/7.

  • A center where you can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of your Jewish heritage.

  • A place to find great volunteer opportunities, to do your part in Tikkun Olam.

  • A branch of an organization that has gained national prominence as one of the fastest growing and most vibrant, innovative and all-inclusive organizations for Jewish college students in this country.

At Chabad, 
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Rabbi Didy and Devorah Waks and their two children, Mendel and Yetta, moved to Clinton, NY, to establish a Chabad Center to serve the Jewish community of Hamilton College and the greater Utica area. Many blessings have come their way since then, including the addition of Nissi, Ari and Musya to the family!

Rabbi Didy grew up in Melbourne, Australia and is the 11th of 17 children. He studied at Yeshiva College Melbourne, the Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand, and yeshivot in Israel, Argentina and the United States. For several years during and subsequent to his rabbinical studies, he conducted youth programs and helped supervise summer camps, where he was responsible for curriculum development and staff supervision. From September 2011 until September 2014, Rabbi Didy served as the youth and teen director at the Palm Beach Synagogue in Palm Beach, Florida.

Devorah Waks was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Beth Rivkah School, continuing her studies at Ohel Chana Seminary in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a program director and teacher at primary schools and has run summer camp programs in several states. Since 2009, Devorah has been an educator and program coordinator at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn. From September 2011 until September 2014, Devorah served as the youth director at the Palm Beach Synagogue in Palm Beach, Florida.

Meet the 

Chabad's Student Leadership is the engine behind Chabad's success. Chabad at Hamilton College has become a center for Jewish life and these are the students who make it happen:

Kaitlyn Bieber '23 and Jacob Gliedman '23
Co Presidents

Jacob Rhee '23
Vice President

Max Gersch '23


General Board:

Benna Berger '23

Julia Brous '24

Stephen Davis '22

Alida Deutsch '23

George Diebel '23

Duncan Freeman '22

Amanda Gilsten '23

Aaron Hadar '23

Sam Howard '23

Ethan Kalishman '24

Karly Leiman '22

Ethan Loring '22

Miko Newman '24

Eva Rosenberg '22

Eliana Silk '22

Ele Sorensen '23

A.J. Zuckerman '23

Rabbi Eli Cohen

Brooklyn, NY

Ms. Catie Cooper

New York, NY

Rabbi Eitan Webb

Princeton, NJ

Mr. Michael Scharf

Palm Beach, FL

Advisory Board

Chabad gives me a connection to the Jewish community on campus and provides me with a home away from home with excellent Shabbat dinners.

—  Jacob Slovin '18

Misision and Values
What to Expect
About the Waks Family
Chabad Board
Lay Leadership
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