Rabbi Peretz and Chanie Chein arrived in the fall of 2001 to Waltham and established the Chabad House at Brandeis University.

With the vision of a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment, they came to establish a place where Jewish students of all backgrounds and levels of observance can enjoy exploring their Jewish heritage.

The Chabad House started in a small apartment with a few students in attendance, but word of mouth spread the program like wildfire.

The Chabad House is now located in a 3-story, 6,400 square foot home on 54 Turner Street, just one block away from campus. Shabbat dinners attract over 150 diverse students a week, and weekly classes and events stimulate minds and spirits.

In 16 years the Chabad House has expanded exponentially, proving the Cheins’ vision was a success.