About Us

About Us

Chabad of Briarcliff Manor & Ossining is - one of over 4000 branches of today’s largest international organization involved with Jewish education and outreach programs.

Embracing the philosophy of the Lubavitch movement, Chabad's underlying doctrine is "Ahavat Yisrael" (love for a fellow Jew). We aim to serve the spiritual and physical needs of every Jew, regardless of affiliation, location, or background, with understanding and love. Our goal is to be a home for any Jew looking for a warm and spiritual place to grow.


Our Rabbi and Rebbitzen

Rabbi Dovid and Miriam, and their eight children live in Briarcliff, NY. 

Rabbi Dovid, originally from Crown Heights (headquarters of Chabad Lubavitch), was ordained at Central Chabad Yeshiva in Brooklyn. He enjoys studying and teaching Torah, and taking nature walks with his family. Rabbi Dovid’s humor and warmth permeate every experience at Chabad, from the JLI classes to meaningful and welcoming prayer services. At any occasion, Simchas to life-cycle events, Rabbi Dovid’s sensitivity, compassion and wisdom uplift the experience for his congregants and anyone in need of support. Every holiday program and event is infused by his mission to make Judaism relevant and joyous to all. He can be reached at [email protected]

Miriam, originally from West Bloomfield, MI, grew up under the tutelage of her parents' successful Chabad House. She is the Educational Director at Chabad and channels her energy and creativity into engaging and spiritual experiences for students of all ages. She is enthusiastic about the Jewish Women’s Circle & her weekly women’s Torah classes. Her warmth is reflected in the incredible generosity and positive spirit that surrounds the members of Chabad of Briarcliff-Ossining. She can be reached at [email protected] 

The Labkowski children's favorite time of the week is Friday night when the house is full of Shabbat guests. They are actively involved in their parents’ community work and can always be seen helping and leading events. They love running the children’s prayer program every single Shabat and having an active role in teaching/assisting with Hebrew School.

Rabbi Dovid, Miriam, Mushka, Ita, Menachem, Zeldy, Esty, Leah, Levi and Michoel , look forward to welcoming you at Chabad of Briarcliff-Ossining for many happy occasions! 

Philosophy & Core Values

RELEVANCE – Judaism and its values and traditions are as relevant today as ever and enrich our lives and the lives of our families with a sense of purpose and direction. At Chabad we present Judaism in this light, so that it sheds relevant perspective on our daily lives. 

IDENTITY – Jewish history and tradition aren’t just powerful and relevant ideas, but they are our story and our heritage. At Chabad we work to make Judaism a part of the personal narrative of each individual. 

JOY - Living right is an intense experience, but doing so with joy makes the experience an even more enriching one. At Chabad, we focus on the joy of Judaism and in the happiness and delight living as a Jew gives us.

 RELATIONSHIPS - Life is enriched by the relationships we form. At Chabad, we deeply value a sense of community. We seek to foster genuine relationships amongst the adults and youth of our community.

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT – Every healthy living organism must continue to grow, particularly spiritually. At Chabad we seek to create an environment that fosters and nurtures personal growth and development where questions and exploration are encouraged and embraced. We believe in the power of individual actions and mitzvahs independent of the context in which they are performed.