May 16, 2011
Columbus Honors Chief Benefactor

An inaugural celebration of the $5 million, 11 acre complex Chabad Center in Columbus, Ohio, honored benefactor Lori Schottenstein.

by Mendy Rimler, lubavitch.com and COLlive.com

Some 450 supporters celebrated the inauguration of the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center of Columbus in New Albany, Ohio last Thursday.

The $5 million, 11 acre complex includes a synagogue, classrooms for Chabad Hebrew School and Life Town, an indoor city where special needs children practice basic life skills through role play.

Today, Jewish life is flourishing in this quaint, mid-American village: fifty children visit Life Town every day, thirty-six children attend Hebrew School and more than eighty people attend weekly Jewish classes and services.

"In a society where much emphasis is placed on the physical, the Chabad house teaches us to concentrate on soul," said Rabbi Aryeh Kaltmann, director of Chabad in Columbus.

"For us, the greatest victory for the Jewish people is when we see a child craft a shofar in Hebrew school, that's how we reclaim our heritage."

According to Lori Schottenstein, her largesse is an expression of giving to the Jewish community by simply sharing one's gifts with others.

"Legacy isn't about what I want," Schottenstein said. "Legacy is about what the community needs and how we use what's inherent and unique within each of us to help strengthen our community."

Green building consultant Danny Rosen assisted Rabbi Kaltmann in the fourteen year building project by helping him obtain permits for the building.

Rosen emceed Thursday's event, where he spoke about the "incredible journey, from concept, to approval of the building, the construction and the final, awe inspiring project."

"The Kaltmanns had total faith from the very beginning, throughout all the hurdles and obstacles," Rosen said at the dinner.

"They never doubted that they would get it done. This is a celebration of the accomplishments of Chabad in Columbus."

A guest speaker at the dinner was Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch.


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1
GO KALTMANS!!!!
u guys are the most awesome shluchim ever!!!
Love, an LGHS Student :)
(5/16/2011 7:17:51 PM)
2
wow!
awosome finally done!
(5/16/2011 9:11:36 PM)
3
kaltmanns are awesome shluchim
love your monsey family
(5/16/2011 9:57:38 PM)
4
zush greenberg
Ahavti eschem amar hashem
(5/16/2011 10:35:17 PM)
5
Leafs from Oak Park, MI
Mazel Tov on this outstanding accomplishment! Mi chayil l'chayil....
(5/17/2011 12:14:35 AM)
6
Ben Tzvi
Yasher Koach to Rabbi and Mrs Kaltmann and all of their wonderful team for helping to nurture this amazing community!! You guys are an inspiration!!
(5/17/2011 3:29:42 AM)
7
Go Kaltmanns
Amazing shluchim. They are so positive and friendly with no airs about them. Totally dedicated to the Rebbe in personal and communal life.
(5/17/2011 5:08:33 AM)
8
HAZLACHA RABBA!
BH
WELL Done Yasher Koach! Yelcho Me"chayil Me'Chayil!

KALTMANN USA HAZLACHA RABBA !
WIth Love
FAMILY M KALTMANN MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
(5/17/2011 5:51:07 AM)
9
Mazal-Tov!
Rabbi Aryeh and Rabamit Esther,
Wishing you all the best for the amazing center which will serve the wider community very well.
Daniel and Jill Meron
(5/17/2011 6:36:43 AM)
10
good stuff!!!!
so awesome, thank gd.
(5/17/2011 11:30:23 AM)
11
kaltmanns are #1
wonderful people incredible parents
(5/17/2011 7:10:42 PM)
12
from your friends in mn
we saw this all along the great hatslocho you will have in the rebbes shlichus
(5/17/2011 8:08:48 PM)
13
Thank you Lori!
Thank you to Lori Schottenstein for her stupendous generosity and kindness!

You are a true example of what it means to give and share. Much love and gratitude.

-from Columbus and the entire Chabad community
(5/17/2011 10:01:00 PM)
14
MAZEL TOV!!!!
Mazel tov on this wonderful occasion the news even reached ISRAEL! May the entire Columbus Chabad community and its supporters go from strength to strength and continue inspiring all who they encounter. With love from a OSU Alumni who will never forget your tireless efforts!

B'Kavod,
Leib Chaim Goldfarb
(5/19/2011 2:58:39 PM)
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Rabbi Areyah
bh
go from strength to strength
Tsvi dobrejcer
(5/23/2011 7:30:50 AM)
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