Chabad of Hamilton heights aims to:

  1. Enhance the Jewish Community of Hamilton heights, by promoting Jewish pride, celebration and education;
  2. Create a dynamic, family oriented center, where every Jew will feel welcome to worship, learn and experience their heritage, in a nonjudgmental and friendly atmosphere;
  3. Provide for the spiritual and material needs of every individual in the community - regardless of background or affiliation - with unconditional love and concern.


Motivated by a profound love for every Jew and spurred by a boundless optimism, Chabad of HH sets into motion a dazzling array of programs and services to serve Jews from all walks of life.

Chabad-Lubavitch is the world’s largest Jewish educational and outreach organization. A vibrant force in Jewish life, its activities touch the lives of millions of Jews. With approximately 3,300 centers and institutions worldwide, there is not a major city in the world that does not have a permanent Chabad-Lubavitch presence.

‘Chabad’ is an acronym for the Hebrew words Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge. It is the mission of Chabad to bring the beauty of Judaism to every Jew in a way that he or she can relate to it, in his or her own understanding and personal life.

‘Lubavitch’ is the name of the town in White-Russia which was the seat of the movement for several generations. It is taken from the Russian words meaning, “city of brotherly love”. The Lubavitch philosophy is based on unconditional love and acceptance of all people, and recognition of the uniqueness of each individual.

Chabad of Harlem opened its doors in Harlem in 2005.

Through its educational, social and religious services, Chabad of Hamilton Heights is committed to enriching the lives of as many Jews as possible.

Rabbi Yudi Shmotkin grew up in Milwaukee, WI. Rabbi Yudi was ordained as a rabbi In Israel. He has spent seven years in outreach, caring and volunteering for Jewish youth causes. Chanie, was raised in Montreal, QC and is a graduate of Beth Chana Seminary in Vienna, Austria.

Their inspiration from the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Chabad teachings is what drives them to direct Chabad of Hamilton heights

Yudi and Chanie are the proud parents of Chaya, Mendel, and Gita