We didnt have enough Jewish kids to band together like that.<quoted text>
Yes, I faced the same thing. Sometimes I would rebel and draw study hall instead of singing carols. Other times my friends and I would make up alternate words to the carols ("G-d rest ye, Jerry Mandelbaum" and "It's beginning to look a lot like brisket -- every Friday night")
As for the Chabad, I appreciate their "in your face" Judaism as a counter-foil to the "in your face Xtianity" of the evangelicals. Besides, they don't convert.
"in your face": Foil is nice, but our concerns were that we spent a decade or two fighting the imposition of ANY religion on the public sector, and these clowns (and they were initially) roll right into the community with no invitation and start advocating for everything we have been fighting against. Of since, we have learned that not all chabad groups are alike - they are all outposts of a sort - but some are definitely more intrusive than others....