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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe assuming the leadership of the Chabad movement after the passing of his father-in-law, the saintly Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak. In 1951, when much of the Jewish world was still reeling from the aftershocks and devastation of the Holocaust, the Rebbe spearheaded the magnification of a global strategy initiated by the Previous Rebbe, by dispatching Shluchim (ambassadors) to all far flung corners of the world. Seventy years and six continents later, 3500 Chabad Centers represented by 5000 Shluchim dot the planet, imbuing every facet of Jewish life with meaning, vibrancy and inspiration.

Heeding the Rebbe's call for continued growth, the Valley’s important role in this global expansion began in 1973, when Rabbi and Rebbetzin Gordon were appointed as Shluchim to the San Fernando Valley and opened up the first Chabad House in Encino CA, laying the groundwork for what was to become Chabad of the Valley. 

In subsequent years, the rapid growth and success of Chabad of the Valley and its establishment of 30 centers spanning a stretch of 100 miles from Studio City to Ventura would become the “gold standard”, revered with distinction and admired throughout the world. Beyond its own impressive development, Chabad of the Valley has played a key role in the nurturing of a generation of leaders who would ultimately join the ranks of Chabad’s global footprint.

Whether it be: educating the next generation, supporting those in their darkest hours, establishing Jewish infrastructure across what was once a spiritual desert or just the ability to unite so many diverging individuals into a sense of community -  Chabad of the Valley along with its 1000’s of counterparts spanning the globe, have impacted literally millions of people and continue to do so every day.

This was the vision of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, A VISION THAT CHANGED THE WORLD….