Gala Dinner Celebrates New Kollel and Chabad Expansion

300 people celebrated the opening of a new Kollel and the imminent expansion of the major Jewish Center in South Broward, Florida, at the 42nd Annual Dinner of Congregation Levi Yitzchok-Lubavitch/Chabad of South Broward Headquarters. 

300 people, mainly young men and women under 35 years old, celebrated last Monday night the opening of a new Kollel and the imminent expansion of the major Jewish Center in South Broward, Florida, at the 42nd Annual Dinner of Congregation Levi Yitzchok-Lubavitch/Chabad of South Broward Headquarters. 

This Interim Expansion of Congregation Levi Yitzchok-Lubavitch/Chabad of South Broward Headquarters, is costing $5,000,000, and will be completed in 2025.  

The long term staggering $33,000,000 mega expansion plan, which includes buying and building a second Campus, will take 7-10 years, and the leadership in the community has resolved that an Interim Expansion, that will take two years to complete, is a necessity, not a luxury. 

Joe Kaller, an architect with over 40 years experience, and who has worked with hundreds of Synagogues and Jewish schools, expressed at the Dinner his 110% confidence that the expansion will be completed in 2025.

A second floor on the East Building will be built directly above a new ground floor addition. Additions on both floors will double the size of the Main Synagogue, create hallways and foyers, and will add four new classrooms.  

These four extra classrooms will enhance the Preschool, Seminary, Hebrew School and Day Camp, which all have long waiting lists. 

The Interim Expansion also gives space for the new Kollel D’Rav Pinchas Hirschprung, which recently opened. 

CTeen South Broward will also enjoy and benefit from the extra space because their activities usually occur in the evening when there is services going on and it requires planning and switching things around in order to facilitate seating. Mincha – Maariv is often redirected to a Seminary classroom in the West Building. 

With this extra classroom space it will streamline the activities, and help with some of the “one on one” attention that is needed for the Friendship Circle of South Broward and the Bar and  Bas Mitzvah Club classes. 

The Chaya Aydel Teachers’ Seminary will be able to re-institute the learning programs with the local women. They had to stop this program a few years ago because the Minyanim were too big and there was no room! 

The Dinner took place Monday, 25 Elul – an impressive Hakhel Gathering – on September 11,  at the Flamingo Room Banquet Hall @ Gulfstream. 

Honorees were: Ephraim and Zisi Kaufman – MVP Award Award; Zalman and Shterna Notik – Young Leadership Award; and Natasha Ben-Aim Aishes Chayil – Woman of Valor Award. Dinner Chairman was Shui Kastel, who, as always, was sharp and humorous. 

Dinner Co-Chairmen were Bernie Friedman, a longtime Partner in Becker Law Firm & Past President of the Posnack JCC & Senator Steve Geller, Broward County Commissioner & Former Broward Mayor.

The Dinner featured Eli Marcus – who inspired the honored guests with both an incredible mid-dinner performance, plus a post-Dinner Kumzits!

The Rebbe’s chapter in Tehillim was recited by the Head Shliach of Alabama, Rabbi Yossi Posner. The Rebbe’s Letter, addressed to this same Congregation Levi Yitzchok-Lubavitch in Hallandale for their 11th Annual Dinner, (and the last letter the Rebbe ever signed on Monday, 27 Adar Rishon, 5752) was read by Chabad’s Administrator in Hallandale since 1988, Rabbi Moshe Schwartz. 

Nosson Zand added to the Simcha with an incredible song/rap of his own, and Eli Marcus also sang G-d Bless America to commemorate 9/11. 

To assist in the imminent expansion of Chabad of South Broward Headquarters, please click here– Dedications of all Levels are available:

A special thank you to the Dinner Committee and to the entire staff of the Main Office of Chabad of South Broward, which includes ten Shluchim and Shluchos.  

Mrs. Adina Lerman turned the Banquet Hall into the Botanical Gardens, with her incredible and beautiful flower arrangements. Eli Marcus was the life and soul of the evening,  Shalom Lieberman was phenomenal on the keyboard, and Choni Teitelbaum, AV, as always, provided great sound and music. A huge thanks for the content to Shamai Chein of 321 motion. He provided stunning screens and VJ.  

This memorable Event was produced and directed by Dovid Weinbaum of DW Productions. 

The event was the success that it was thanks to Rebbitzen Goldie Tennenhaus, Rabbi Moshe Schwartz, Rabbi Mordy Feiner, Rabbi Abba Perelmuter, Mrs Chana Eliyahu and Malka Phillips.  

Rabbi and Mrs Raphael and Goldie Tennenhaus were the first Shluchim to live in and run a Chabad House in Broward County. They arrived  in December 1980. Today, there are 70 Chabad Houses in Broward, with 36 in South Broward.  

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