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Chabad to get a new center for serious thought — and some fun, too

This architectural rendering shows the new Center for Jewish Life planned by Santa Fe Chabad.
This architectural rendering shows the new Center for Jewish Life planned by Santa Fe Chabad.
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Before too long, there should be a lot more elbow room at Chabad of Santa Fe.

The center, led by Rabbi Berel and Devorah Leah Levertov, has been operating out of a converted single-family home since it began operations in 1996. Groundbreaking for a new, 10,000-square-foot Center for Jewish Life will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the corner of Galisteo Street and West San Mateo.

A lot will be going on there. A sanctuary will offer meditative space and services; classrooms will host Hebrew School and other learning; a community room will give space for holiday and community celebrations, lectures, meetings and more; hospitality rooms will receive guests and visiting scholars; a lounge will offer socializing; and office suites will host counseling and outreach programs.

Those social services for the community include volunteers visiting people in the hospital, prison and senior centers; grief counseling; and support, food and financial aid for people in need.

In a news release, Robert Sacks of St. John’s College says, “Chabad has long been a place where a serious community can gather and exchange thoughts and ideas about the most important things in life, and the new facilities will expand that life.”

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