Chabad-Lubavitch, the worldwide Hassidic Jewish outreach group, is planning to open new centers in Serbia, Cyprus, South Korea, the Dominican Republic, and the state of Wyoming in the United States. Chabad has sent “roving rabbis” to hold holiday services in the five locations and a number of other areas with small Jewish populations for some time. Chabad emissaries explained that the new centers would be built at the request of local Jews.
The movement also plans to send 100 new rabbis to the former Soviet Union. 400 Chabad rabbis are already working in the region.
Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, originally of the Soviet Union, spoke at a recent Chabad gathering and praised the emissaries for reaching out to all Jews, including those living in remote areas. Leviev recently created a program to teach the basics of Judaism in Israeli public schools. The program was rejected by the Education Ministry, but will continue to run in 70 schools until the end of the year.