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Chabad is a place where everyone is welcome. Simply put, we do not recognize the labels of Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform Judaism. We welcome all Jews looking to share and celebrate in our common heritage. Based in Westborough, MA, our Chabad Center services the towns of Shrewsbury and Northborough as well. We attract a large and diverse group of people because we foster an environment that enables each individual to explore Judaism at their own pace.

With a wide selection of programs for every family member, Chabad of Westborough is a vibrant and exciting place to be. We believe that Jews are Jews are Jews, regardless of affiliation or personal level of observance. We don't charge for synagogue membership or pastoral services. Donations are always appreciated (but never required).

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Bodily Autonomy and Halacha
Is bodily autonomy a Jewish value?

Freedom of movement and personal choice is at the very core of liberty. The verse etched on our Liberty Bell is a direct quote from Levitcus 25:10 – “You shall proclaim liberty throughout the land” (on the Jubilee year). “Liberty – דרור” is defined by Rashi to mean “one may live or dwell wherever he pleases and isn’t under the jurisdiction of others.” A Hebrew servant who wished to perpetuate his term of indentured servitude was to have his ear pierced by his master. A pierce to his body by the hands of another person was a symbol of his enslaved status and lack of autonomy.


In Torah, freedom and personal independence is a cherished ideal. “’The Children of Israel are Mine, they are My servants’ (said G-d) – and not servants of servants.”
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