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Lubavitch Brighton was established in the early 1980's when Rabbi Pesach Efune and his wife Penina opened Chabad house.


It was not long before the Efune's influence and encouragement was felt throughout the local Jewish community. Public Jewish celebrations such as Purim at Hove Town Hall, frequent events for WIT - the centres 'Woman In Touch' programme, classes and one-on-one study all set the seeds to ensure Jewish Continuity in a community threatened by migration, assimilation and indifference.

The greatest, though perhaps most exciting, challange that the young family undertook, was the establishment of the Torah Academy primary school. 16 years of efforts have paid off, as graduates have achived high successes across the UK and beyond, bringing the blend of Jewish knowledge and top notch education into their lives long after graduation.

In 1995, the Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation appointed Rabbi Efune as its full time minister. This adding to his already large work load leaves him praying each Rosh Hashana, 'grant us a year in which each day contains 36 hours'. Surely, his prayers are soon to be answered!

Rabbi Zalman Lewis and his wife Shterna joined Lubavitch Brighton's enthusiastic staff in January 2004, running programmes for students, young adults, youth and various other activities for Lubavitch. In September 2007, the Lewis's established Chabad on Campus - South Coast, and have succesfully inspired dozens of Jewish students and young adults in Brighton & Hove and along the south-east coast, from Canterbury to Southampton.