The Lubavitcher Rebbe lived in France for over seven years (1933-1941) and laid the groundwork for the vast activities of France’s Chabad Houses in our generation.
France is the most toured country in the world, and the only country in the world where the number of tourists—around 80 million annually—is greater than the number of residents.
In the Rhône-Alpes region, with its many attractions both in the summer and in the winter, between the Alps and the Rhone River, is situated Aix-les-Bains, blessed with natural healing springs and Lake Bourget, France’s largest natural lake.
Aix-les-Bains is privileged to be a seat of Torah, with many rabbis, community leaders, and scholars from its famous Chochmei Tsorfat Yeshiva.
In 2011, the Chabad House opened its doors for the benefit of the many tourists, as well as to reconnect with hundreds of Jews, currently non-practicing, who live in the city and its surroundings. The city’s rabbi, Rav Yitzchak Weil, gave his approval and blessing.
With G-d’s help, the Chabad House acquired a 760 square meter (8,180 sq. ft.) plot of land four years ago and has taken the necessary steps to obtain a building permit for the construction of a new Chabad House worthy of this wonderful place.
From the very beginning, we saw how everyone who was involved with planning this project gave it their all, in order to produce the best possible results. At a meeting held in the winter of 2017 at the mayor’s office, the mayor indicated that he was deeply impressed by the way Chabad operates around the world and the vast influence of the Lubavitcher Rebbe among both Jews and non-Jews.
With the help of Chambre & Vibert Architects, among the largest architecture firms in the area, the relevant municipal offices, as well as the mayor himself, we received approval for construction of this impressive center to spread the wellsprings of Chassidus, and to implant a strong brotherly love in the hearts of our Jewish visitors.
The gate to Judaism ...
Café Lubavitch offers everyone the opportunity to come in, to see, to listen, to question, to receive information through digital stands, and to have a productive discussion over a cup of coffee.
At Lubavitch Café in the city center, thousands of Jews put on tefillin.
On Shabbos and holidays, the cafe will serve as the synagogue’s women’s section.
Chasidic Beis Midrash
"When will you come, Master? When your wellsprings will spread to the outside."
This is the place to learn and teach, debate, delve, and understand, each at his own level, both the revealed and the esoteric parts of the Torah, as it has been unveiled by the Chabad Rebbes throughout the generations.
The Chassidic texts, words of divine life, have been transcribed in hundreds of books of Chassidus. Nowadays, we have the benefit of additional explanations, written by the greatest Chassidim, that are within reach of everyone. "Whoever wishes to take from it, come and take!"
Eshel Avraham & Sarah
גדולה לגימה שמקרבת
The Eshel banquet hall will have a capacity of 100 people and will include a terrace and Sukkah.
Eshel will welcome thousands of Jews over the course of the year, to share Shabbos and holiday meals the Passover Seder, Chassidic farbrengens, Bris Milah, Shabbos Choson, and conferences, in a friendly, warm, and joyous atmosphere.
The guest suites will answer the demand for luxurious vacation apartments with kosher kitchens. The high-standard 40-65 square meter (430-700 square feet) apartments are designed to allow easy kashering of the kitchens, as needed.
The guest suites will provide income to cover maintenance of the building, as well as the ongoing activities inside and beyond the Chabad House.
From a halachic point of view, the guest suites offer the possibility of inviting Jewish guests who are not yet Torah-observant, to participate in the various Shabbos and holiday activities of the Chabad House.
Lounge & Library
On the third floor, with a view of Mont Revard, will be a lounge for relaxation, with a library offering many books, including Chassidus and tales of tzadikim.