Paris Shul Was Once the Rebbe’s House

A short while after purchasing a new building to serve as a Chabad House, Paris Shliach Rabbi Meir Shlomo Lubecki was pleasantly surprised to discover that decades ago, the building had belonged to the Rebbe himself…

By Anash.org reporter
Photos: Mordechai Lubecki

A short while after purchasing a new building to serve as a Chabad House, Paris Shliach Rabbi Meir Shlomo Lubecki was pleasantly surprised to discover that decades ago, the building had belonged to the Rebbe himself.

The building, at 57 Rue de Saintonge in Paris, France, was used for decades as a club. Recently, it was purchased by Rabbi Lubecki to serve as a shul and Chabad House for the 3rd arrondissement district of Paris, joining the many other Chabad Houses spread around the city of Paris.

Shortly after the purchase, a fellow Chossid alerted Rabi Lubecki to the fact that the building had once belonged to the Rebbe!

The details of the Rebbe’s ownership were published just last year, in a teshura titled “Ba Koach”, which documents many of the activities undertaken by Rabbi Binyomin Eliyahu Gorodetsky, the representative of the Rebbeim to Europe and North Africa.

In the booklet, a document is printed, detailing how this same building was bequeathed to the Rebbe by a Mr. Max Czertok in 1965. The Rebbe appointed Rabbi Gorodetsky as his agent to receive the bequeathment.

“We are sure that the Rebbe has much nachas from the fact that the building is now back in the hands of his shluchim, and is being used as a center for the Rebbe’s shlichus,” the shluchim said.

Photos by Mordechai Lubecki

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