Community Events

Chabad presents a new course for the fall that will address the normal range of not-so-positive emotions, and share powerful guidance from the Torah on how to manage and improve our emotional wellbeing. First lesson will be Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 pm, with a Chinese buffet and live music preceding at 7:00 pm. Register at today!


Learning Together to Stand Against Intolerance and Hatred


Tuesday November 5th, 2019

7:00 to 8:30 pm

Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School (SJAM) Auditorium

650 Laurelwood Dr, Waterloo


Rainer Hoss is the grandson of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau Commandant, Rudolf Hoss.  However, first and foremost Rainer is dedicated to challenging intolerance, hatred and discrimination. In that spirit that he has been educating students and adults on the Holocaust and what happens when hate becomes a weapon. Rainer is the author of The Heritage of the Commandant currently available in German and French, and co-author with Simon Bell of A Kinship of Purpose.


In grappling with his inherited legacy, Rainer chooses to educate people around the world about the dangers of hate and combats his grandfather’s infamous legacy. In his presentation, Rainer will also discuss how and why he has been compelled to help build a more compassionate and caring world.  Rainer is the co-founder of Footsteps, an organization whose mission is “Together we try to challenge intolerance and hatred in all of its forms and seek to ensure that those who might be targeted or oppressed are supported and cared for.”


The evening will conclude with a facilitated question and answer period.

You are welcome to invite others to this evening.


RSVPs are not required. However, we greatly appreciate if you are able to let us know you will be attending, as it will help us with planning the evening.  Please RSVP to Jeff at

(Unfortunately, this lecture is at the same time as the SJAM Session)


The Buried Raging Sermons of the Warsaw Ghetto Rabbi


Tuesday November 5, 7:00PM

Balsillie School of International Affairs

67 Erb St W, Waterloo


During World War II, a group of poets, artists, and historians in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of documents attesting to their suffering and resistance as Jews under Nazi rule. Professor James Diamond, Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo, will give a talk on a recovered manuscript of weekly sermons delivered in the Ghetto by a Hasidic rabbi desperately trying to preserve his faith in the face of unimaginable loss and pain. It is a rare testament to one human being’s struggle with the incomprehensible evil of the Holocaust.

Presented in cooperation with the Department of Religious Studies.

For more information:

Survivor Testimony with Max Eisen - Post

Ben Stern Talk and Documentary, Near Normal Man


Tuesday November 12, 7:00PM

Centre in the Square


Chabad is partnering with the Centre In The Square, Kitchener's premier centre for the performing arts, to host 96 year old Holocaust survivor Ben Stern for a talk and documentary screening on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 PM. This will be a free but ticketed event, and a sellout is anticipated. You may order tickets by calling the Centre In The Square box office at (519) 578-1570, or going in person. You may also order tickets online by clicking here; these will only be available for pickup at Chabad. In the same online order form, you may submit a question for Mr. Stern, and he will address some of the submitted questions in an Q&A session at the event.