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Friday, 31 August, 2018 - 10:23 am

Let me begin by wishing all of us a hearty Mazal Tov! After many years of working with architects to find a suitable property, designing the building and going through the appropriate steps with the city’s Planning Commission, our project was approved unanimously by the commission this past Tuesday. Our permanent preschool, education center, community gathering place and spiritual home is now official!

We were advised to keep the turnout low, but I wish each of you could have been at City Hall to experience the euphoria of being approved and to hear the overwhelming excitement each commissioner has for our project. Below are some photos from the meeting depicting members of our community advocating for our Center for Jewish Life.

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We could not have achieved this without the support of our talented architectural firm STUDIO BONDY, our project manager Valerie Veronin, and the professionals who gave freely of their time and advice to help us along the way: Maury Alcheck, Gary Cohn, Andy Fradkin, Jack Hirsch, Ron Karp, Steve Karp, Dan Saffier, David Saxe, Peter Shaffer, Larry Schlenoff, Shawn Silk, Josh Smith, Bob Tessler, Kevin Waldman, and Ken Wornick. A very special thanks to Michael Adler, who has been of critical assistance in shepherding us through this difficult and lengthy process.

And thank you to each and every one of you who have given us the strength and excitement to persevere. I can’t think of a better way to end 5778 and welcome the new year!

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Below please read more exciting news about our Growing Together campaign and the demonstrated leadership of other members of our community. Together, from seeds to branches, we are building and growing our community’s future. We thank you deeply for this and look forward to sharing more good news.

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We are so grateful and blessed to share these updates with you.

We are excited to announce a save-the-date for our Growing Together Gala on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

We are very excited to welcome Rachel Zubaty as our Capital Campaign Chair. Rachel is both a Chai Preschool parent and an active member of our Shul. Rachel continually proves her leadership, dedication and passion for Chabad, Chai and our Jewish community at large.  This past year, she co-chaired the Chai Preschool fundraiser and every year since her eldest child started at Chai, she has served on our Chai Preschool fundraising committee. We are so fortunate to have Rachel as a pillar of our community. Please help me in welcoming Rachel to this important position.

To learn more about how to join these individuals and take part in this historic effort, please contact Rabbi Yossi Marcus at [email protected].

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