Our Mission Statement

Predicated on the Mitzvah of “V’Ahavta L’Re’a’cha Kamocha – love your neighbor as yourself,” we seek to foster a sense of Jewish identity and belonging by engaging Jewish students at their own pace and comfort level in a warm and non-judgmental environment, and by offering innovative educational programs in all areas of Jewish life.

What We do

Connect Jewish students to each other, their heritage, and their Jewish future.

Why We Do It

Love for our fellow Jew is our motivation, inspired by Chassidic teachings and the vision and love of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

How We Do It

Our dedication to serve is not a career choice- it is a life choice, a 24/7 100% commitment.

Welcome Students!

To the new class of Terps, welcome!

And to those returning, welcome back! We have a great year ahead of us.

Click here to view this semester’s programming plan

What's in it for you?

Chabad offers something for everyone! Learning, social, community service, food, smiles, serious, funny, and more! If you don't see what you want, contact us today!
Meet the Family

Meet the Family

I'm Rabbi Eli Backman and together with my wife Nechama and the rest of my family,
we welcome you to Maryland and to our home,
'Your Jewish home away from home".
We look forward to meeting you soon.

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Did You Know?

We do not receive funding from any central organization. The Chabad Center at UMD is made possible through the generous support of parents, alumni, and friends. Partner with us and make Jewish life at University of Maryland a reality. Become a Partner Today!

Get in Touch

Come visit us or reach out whenever


Bais Menachem Chabad Jewish Student center

7403 Hopkins Avenue

College Park, Maryland 20740


Rabbi Eli & Nechama Backman







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