Students from several Canadian provinces 16 States and 9 foreign countries are educated in all aspects of advanced Jewish scholarship and trained for careers as rabbis, teachers and community leaders, the College's campus serves as the Montreal headquarters of the world wide Lubavitch Movement.
The Rabbinical College of Quebec is an internationally known institution of higher education, attracting students from throughout the United States and as far away as South America and Australia. In recent years, many students have been attending the Rabbinical College from countries previously considered "behind the Iron Curtain."
The College has broadened its activities to include extensive communal outreach services throughout the greater Montreal area.
The College's graduates serve as community and spiritual leaders at Chabad centers throughout the world, of which there are now 4,200.
"Attracting students from as far away as South America and Australia."
A Century of Tomchei Tmimim - Established 1912
In 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia; within a short time, virtually any kind of formal Jewish education was made illegal by the new Communist rulers. The yeshiva took to operating underground, with teachers facing harsh penalties if they were caught: sentences of ten years or more of hard labor in Siberia, or a merciful death at the hands of a firing squad. Tens of young rabbis paid the ultimate price for continuing the survival of Judaism in the Soviet Union, at any cost.
When Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn (the Rebbe Rayatz) exited the Soviet Union in 1927, the yeshiva reestablished itself in Warsaw and later in Otwock, Poland. When in the course of World War II the Rebbe was safely evacuated to New York. The yeshiva first escaped to Shanghai and then was reestablished in America and Canada, where it remains to this day.
The Yeshiva is guided by the teachings of its seven leaders ("Rebbes"), beginning with Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, of righteous memory (1745-1812). These leaders expounded upon the most refined and delicate aspects of Jewish mysticism, creating a corpus of study thousands of books strong. They personified the age-old, Biblical qualities of piety and leadership. And they concerned themselves not only with Chabad-Lubavitch, but with the totality of Jewish life, spiritual and physical. No person or detail was too small or insignificant for their love and dedication.
In our generation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson known simply as "the Rebbe," guided post-holocaust Jewry to safety from the ravages of that devastation.
A Global Impact - The Yeshivah Today
The RCQ: It is more then just a school; it is the world's definitive Jewish outreach and social-service organization. The RCQ is a shining star in the global constellation of 4,000 Chabad centers: many of whom are led by RCQ alumni. And in our 50 years of existence, our graduates have impacted and continue to impact the entire world.
Student Outreach Program - Touching the Local Community
Social activism plays a major role in the Rabbinical College curriculum. Students are encouraged to develop a sense of social consciousness and to implement the Students are encouraged to develop a sense of social consciousness moral and ethical lessons acquired in the study hall by imbuing estranged Jews with an awareness and appreciation of their heritage. These aims are achieved through the vehicle of a diverse community service program. This program includes the following:
- Weekly (Friday) visits to nearby hospitals and nursing homes to bring inspiration and good cheer to patients and staff.
- Wide-scale distribution of Jewish ritual items such as Mezuzos, candlesticks, charity boxes, and special holiday requirements such as Matzo for Pesach, Menoros for Chanukah and Mishloach Manos - gift packages for Purim.
- Special services:
- A community Sukkah and a Sukkahmobile to bring the holiday spirit to distant communities.
- A Lag B'omer parade for school children.
- 'Koshering' kitchens - preparing them for use in accordance with Jewish dietary laws.
- Off campus programs for Jewish students at colleges and universities throughout the province so that they may develop a deeper understanding of Judaism as it applies to contemporary society.
Securing our Future - A Beacon of Torah Study & Scholarship
Half a century is a milestone by any yardstick, and as we reflect on the accomplishments of the past fifty years, we are filled with a sense of gratitude and pride at The Rabbinical College success. Over fifty years, we have grown from one small class to a massive entity, an educational institution with an impact that stretches from one end of the world to the other. Half a century of perseverance, self-sacrifice and untiring commitment to The Rabbinical College goals have seen the school flourish beyond all expectation.
Half a century of alumni who graduate from The Rabbinical College of Quebec and go on to change the lives of hundreds of thousands with a lifelong dedication to spreading Judaism, leaves no room for doubt:
The Rabbinical College produces results. The results are consistent, dependable and absolutely vital to nothing less than the future of the Jewish people.
Become a partner in the future of the school that- year after year, student by student- is working tirelessly to ensure Jewish continuity.
Change the World! - Write One Check - Touch 6 Continents!
The last decades of the 20st century, from the end of the fall of communism to Israel's role as a player in the global economy, left many Jewish organizations unexpectedly faced with an identity crisis. The impetus for their existence no longer relevant, they have been scrambling for a new spin on their fundraising campaigns. Happily, Jewish continuity has finally made it high on their agendas.
But at Chabad-Lubavitch, a movement that derives its impulse and inspiration from a passion for Judaism and a love for Jewish people, the call has always been the same. Governments fall, the map is rearranged, and Chabad-Lubavitch never stops responding to the call of the Jewish soul. Indeed, Jewish continuity is not an item on our agenda. It is our agenda. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
For more than half a century in Canada, The Rabbinical College of Quebec has singularly championed Jewish continuity. Pioneering the broadest range of Jewish outreach activities? it is the only Jewish organization to have established an international base of human resources so vast in scope, that it has the ability to facilitate the most dramatic and innovative outreach programs worldwide.
Through the diverse activities of Chabad-Lubavitch institutions, Jewish life has achieved a level of visibility and viability unlike any it has known in recent history. Our international network of some 4,200 Chabad-Lubavitch centers in more than 50 countries around the world has put a living Jewish community within the reach of any Jew, nearly anywhere on the globe, ensuring universal Jewish awareness with the promise of Jewish continuity.
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