Meet the Rabbi.jpg THE BEGUNS 
Rabbi Mendy and Mussie Begun embarked on their life journey together in February 2015. They are a dynamic couple who have been involved in Jewish education and outreach all their lives. Mendy and Mussie are known for their warm and welcoming hospitality. Their many guests enjoy their passionate sharing of Judaism, friendly relaxed atmosphere and great food!

In the summer of 2016 the Beguns moved to Chula Vista to establish a new Chabad Center to cater to the growing Jewish community. Chabad of Chula Vista offers a variety of adult and children’s educational programming including Jewish Women’s Circle, Torah and Tea, and their blossoming Hebrew school. They conduct Shabbat and holiday services and offer programs and meals at their synagogue and home. In addition, they offer a wide range of other Jewish services including officiating at weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and funerals;  and visits to senior homes and centers, hospitals and prisons. The Beguns have a full Jewish lending library and are delighted to host one-on-one or small group study sessions with all who have a question or subject they’d like to explore.

Rabbi Mendy was raised in S. Paulo, Brazil. His distinguished parents and grandparents dedicated their lives to serving the local community. He studied in yeshivot in Brazil, France, Israel, and the USA. In 2012 he received his rabbinical ordination through the Central Chabad Yeshiva in NY, and has been a practicing rabbi since.

As a student Rabbi Mendy directed Chabad programs and services in many parts of the globe, assisting Jewish communities in Israel, Australia, Kenya, Ghana, China, Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Poland. Rabbi Mendy is harnessing this passion to fulfill his life’s mission; serving the wonderful Jewish community in Chula Vista.

Mussie grew up in Brooklyn, NY and is a daughter of Rabbi Chaim Shaul and Blumi Brook, dedicated community activists in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Rabbi Chaim Shaul Brook is a world-renowned lecturer and the coordinator of an organization that publishes many of the teachings and talks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.  Her mother serves as the principal of the community’s girls’ high school, Beth Rivkah. 

Following in their footsteps, Mussie is  passionate about education and outreach. She studied in Israel and  NY, focusing on early childhood education.

Rabbi Mendy, Mussie and their children Meir, Dovid and Yona are working to develop a warm and welcoming center to enhance Jewish life and pride for people of all ages and walks of life, with innovative and personalized programming full of meaningful, vibrant content.

Take a moment to see the beautiful community that is blossoming here in Chula Vista - HERE