Feb 19, 2013
Milford Launches Building Plan

Chabad of Milford, CT, directed by Shluchim Schneur and Chanie Wilhelm, has launched a new building campaign after their center was destroyed by a fire.

On Motzei Shabbos, 6 Adar, Shluchim Rabbi Schneur and Chanie Wilhelm of Chabad of Milford, CT and the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont held a kick-off event for the restoration and building of their new Jewish Center.

A fire destroyed the almost 90-year old shul back in October, a few days after Simchas Torah. Since then, architectural plans have been drawn to restore the shul's previous layout and charm, and to add a lobby, library, fully functional social hall with modern facilities, and an exterior veranda and plaza.

The lobby will house a mini museum of the history of Jews in the Woodmont area, a popular vacation destination for Jews in the CT, NY, and MA areas since the 1900's. (For more info, see www.BagelBeach.com.)

The kick-off event marked the beginning of the fundraising campaign for the new building. The evening began with a cocktail hour, a delicious mediterannean buffet table and desserts, a strolling magician, and music.

Partipants also entered a raffle with different prizes donated by local businesses. Then Rabbi Schneur Wilhelm addressed the crowd, mentioning how apropos it was that the Torah portion read that day in shul discusses the very first "kick-off" event for a Jewish building--the Mishkan, and joking that the fundraising effort should be as successful as it was in the desert, when Moshe had to ask the Jewish people to stop bringing donations because they had more than enough.

Following was a presentation of the plans by the architect, Jay Alpert. He showed the detailed sketches and unveiled the 3D building model. At the end of the event, the raffle winners were announced and brochures detailing the plans were distributed.

"The event was Baruch Hashem very successful, with several people announcing pledges," said Rabbi Wilhelm. "The community is excited at the prospect of having a new Jewish Center which will be able to cater to the growing needs of our community and serve as a venue for the many holiday and social events held throughout the year."

To support the building fund, please visit www.JewishMilford.com.

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looks really nice
(2/19/2013 11:19:39 AM)
Boruch N. Hoffinger BS"D
I used to live in Woodmont, Conn. during the Summers for many years when I was not observant. I visited the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont a few times. It was situated across the street from my summer house. My sister Bailah (Bonnie) takes great interest in it.
(2/19/2013 12:24:14 PM)
best shlucha
Chani-you're amazing!! Much Hatzlacha
(2/20/2013 12:17:11 AM)
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