Chabad Brighton

Chabad Brighton

For over thirty years, Chabad of Brighton has been a hub of dynamic Jewish connection, growth and impact. A space of community—of family—inspiring the lives of many, through thrilling holiday programs, engaging learning opportunities, and spirited community events bringing together both the young—and the young at heart.

We are a passionate team dedicated to nurturing the whole person, the whole family and the whole community, providing a foundation to grow as more connected and impactful human beings.

Together with our community, we unite Jews across Sussex, creating welcoming place for individuals and families of all backgrounds and affiliations to join together. With programming and events for children, teenagers, and adults, all ages have opportunities to learn and celebrate their own personal link to their Jewish heritage.

Meet the team

Rabbi Pesach Efune And Penina Efune

Rabbi Pesach Efune, was born and educated in South Africa and attended yeshivot in Israel, Venezuela, Morristown and New York, where he received his Rabbinical Ordination. In January 1987, Rabbi Efune and Penina, together with their first three children, arrived in Hove ready to evaluate the needs of the local Jewish community. After one year the lack of a Jewish primary school became apparent and together with his wife, they established the Torah Academy Jewish Primary School in Sussex. This unique exceptional school operated for nineteen years (1988-2007), it was the only full-time educational establishment on the South Coast. Rabbi and Mrs Efune Chabad Shluchim to Brighton & Hove Rabbi Pesach, as he is called by many, is the Director of Chabad Lubavitch Brighton, and in addition to overseeing the many activities run by the Chabad House, he is also a qualified mohel, prison and hospital chaplain and in general just a nice and approachable guy!
Contact: email – [email protected] mobile – 07885 538 681
Penina Efune born in London and graduated from the Jewish Teacher’s Training College in New York. After raising her large family she went to North London University and gained a B.Ed (Hons) degree and later also became a qualified EYP (Early Years Practitioner.) Penina has been teaching for close to 40 years and is passionate about giving quality meaningful experiences to all ages from Babies to Adults.
Contact: email – [email protected] mobile – 07834 669 181


Arriving in the city of Brighton & Hove in January 2004, we quickly identified a dire need for improved programming for Jewish students and young adults. In September 2006, as part of the expansion of Chabad at University campuses across the UK, we established Brighton’s full time ‘Chabad at South East Coast Universities’.

Since then, thousands of Shabbat meals have been served, dozens of social events have been enjoyed, including burning 1000s of burgers, sausages and chicken wings, we’ve taught hundreds of hours of informal Jewish education and counselled dozens of overstressed students.

We’ve also emitted a good few CO2 emissions in our determination to ensure the good Jews at universities across the S. E. Coast get their share of inspiration. From University of Kent in the East, across to Southampton, students across the region enjoy regular contact with Chabad, including weekly lunch n learns at Kent and Soton, as well as a full range of support initiatives and social activities.

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