Jul 9, 2012
Pomegranate Opens For Shluchim
For Shluchim Only: Owner of Pomegranate supermarket Avraham Banda, a Satmar chossid, was joined by Head Shluchim to inaugurate a unique hotel in Crown Heights.
By COLlive staff
On Sunday Daled Tammuz, The Shluchim Office unveiled its latest in service and support to Shluchim visiting Crown Heights: a brand new hotel for visiting shluchim, the Pomegranate Suites for Shluchim.
Mr. Avraham Banda, owner of the well-known Pomegranate Supermarket in Flatbush, was present together with his extended family for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. He and several other special guests were given an exclusive tour of the new suites even as staff and designers put the finishing touches on the furnishings before the event.
In the case of the Pomegranate Suites for Shluchim, Mr. Banda had taken a step rarely seen among donors and contributed the entire construction and furnishing cost of the Pomegranate Suites - including the elegant buffet, direct from his own supermarket, for the ribbon-cutting event.
Calling this, "the Pomegranate way" of going about business, Mr. Banda thanked Rabbi Gedalya Shemtov, Rabbi Moshe Pinson and Mr. David Farkash for bringing him the opportunity to return the hospitality that Shluchim offer to travelers throughout the world.
Rabbi Shemtov and Rabbi Pinson presented Mr. Banda with an exquisite art rendition of the new hotelís logo and engraved glass awards to his brother, Yaakov Yoel Banda, and Farkash "for their contribution in bringing this effort to full fruition."
Immediately following the awards, the three of the Banda brothers cut the ribbon together with their father, officially opening the Pomegranate Suites for Shluchim. Mr. Banda was also the first of five special guests to affix one of the mezuzos.
Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, head of the O-K Kashrus Laboratory and long-time contributor to the Shluchim Camp in Arizona, affixed the second mezuzah.
Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff and Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin from The Shluchim Office committee each affixed one mezuzah, and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, chairman of Agudas Chassidei Chabad, affixed the fifth mezuzah.
The new hotel was then opened to the public for a grand open house tour.
Other honored guests attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony include Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, chairman of Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch; members of The Shluchim Office advisory committee Rabbi Yossi Groner, regional shliach of the Carolinas, Rabbi Yossi Kessler, shliach in Montreal, and Rabbi Hershel Spalter, regional shliach of Costa Rica; as well as Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov whose father, Reb Mendel Shemtov A"H built the first Shluchim House at 715 Eastern Parkway and opened the way for this concept.
The Pomegranate Suites for Shluchim is intended to serve visiting shluchim and their younger children for short stays of 2 or 3 nights. Reservations will be opening on the July 16 - Tammuz 26.