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.”