Our History, Our Purpose

Ours is a place where Judaism is celebrated joyfully and meaningfully, where Judaism sheds relevant perspective to our daily lives 

It all began less than ten years ago with Rabbi Aaron and Rebbetzin Leah Herman traveling from Raleigh to lead holiday programs in a Cary living room. It soon grew to the critical mass that allowed us to rent a meeting place and hold weekly Shabbat services.  It was not long before we grew to need a larger home.  This led us to our our Chabad House on Reedy Creek Road.

In 2010 Rabbi Yisroel and Rebbetzin Chana Cotlar moved to Cary and our growth entered a new phase.  We now have regular classes, social events, and more than 50 children in our Hebrew School. We are actively working on securing land for a new building and in the interim are located in a beautiful storefront at 4104 Grace Park Drive in Morrisville.Chabad House.jpg

Early in our growth we began exploring the question, "Who Are We, Anyway?" After some soul searching, agreement emerged around the name Chabad of Cary Learning Center, with the theme "Inspiration for Life."  “Learning Center” has an active connotation.  Intellectual curiosity and the search for how the teachings of Torah apply to modern life are central to so much of what Chabad of Cary is about. The phrase, “Inspiration for Life” was chosen as it can be interpreted both as inspiration for leading life every day and as inspiration to last a lifetime.


Chabad of Cary is guided by the idea that there should be a place where everyone can feel at home, within a Jewish context. There should be a Center for Jewish discovery where open-minded exploration is the key, not background or affiliation. Indeed, there is no formal membership nor tickets on the High Holidays.

Knowledge of Hebrew is not required either. G‑d understands all languages.  We pray aloud in Hebrew, with some English.  Hebrew prayers with which you may not be familiar will be picked up quickly.  Prayer boJewish Cary Challah Workshop13.JPGoks are in Hebrew with either English or Russian translations.  Learning and discussion are in English. 

Chabad of Cary is unlike congregations many of us have attended in the past.  At Chabad of Cary attendance is active rather than passive, with levels of involvement and participation that are striking.  The warmth of the inviting, welcoming atmosphere is palpable.  There is a word in Yiddish that is appropriate.  “Heimish” connotes a down-home atmosphere that is relaxed and unpretentious.

On Shabbat, lively discussions take the place of sermons.  We enjoy a good laugh.  We express the joy of Jewish souls in dance and song.  We always enjoy a good kiddush, share toasts of “L’Chaim” and take great pleasure in shared fellowship in a family atmosphere. 

Chabad of Cary must be experienced to be appreciated.  Consider this your invitation.