Chabad of Oakland has new home for holidays

After operating out of a house in a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood for almost three years, Chabad of Oakland is moving to a main thoroughfare.

Chabad’s new home at 3718 Grand Ave. is roughly halfway between two other Grand Avenue Jewish landmarks, the Grand Bakery and Kehilla Community Synagogue.

“We knew we needed a larger space that could house a synagogue and host various programs on a regular basis,” said Rabbi Dovid Labkowski. He and his wife, Shulamis, have run the Chabad center from their Trestle Glen neighborhood home since moving from Brooklyn to Oakland in December 2006.

“We’ve been searching for the right place for a while now, and are very pleased to have found it at 3718 Grand.”

Traditional Rosh Hashanah services will be held starting 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at the new Chabad location, and Labkowski said all are invited to attend for free. “One need not be a member of our synagogue to participate,” he said. Chabad of Oakland also offers other many other services.

For more information on Chabad of Oakland’s offerings and the High Holy Days schedule, visit, e-mail [email protected] or call (510) 444-6770.