If you type into Google “When is Rosh Hashanah,” the first search result will be Chabad.org. The site, also known by its rabbi-programmers as the “Chabad in Space,” has become the world’s largest religious website and recently had to be rebuilt because it was outgrowing its original space, according to DNAInfo.com. Chabad.org has been through an 18-month long reboot and the new site is ready just in time for the autumn holidays. “It came to a point that we outgrew our space,” said Rabbi Meir Simcha Kogan, 35, Chabad.org’s managing director. “We felt with the site we couldn’t do anymore incremental changes.”
Chabad.org has about 1.7 million unique visitors a month and employs two dozen coders in Brooklyn and others scattered around the globe. The site educates visitors with things like the right prayer for a sick friend or the perfect Passover video for a Preschooler.
“I feel that we’re really holding a sacred trust for the Jewish people,” said Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin, director of Chabad.org.”This is not our private website — these are the tools and resources of the Jewish people. We’ve simply been blessed and entrusted to make it the best it can possibly be.”