Chabad Lubavitch of El Paso officially opened its doors to its brand-new multipurpose center in west El Paso Sunday evening.
Chabad of El Paso hosted a private inauguration ceremony for its Center for Jewish Life – a $2.5 million center.
The center has a larger sanctuary, social hall, lobby, library as well as a meat and dairy kitchen equipped with state-of-the-art appliances.
It’s a new chapter for Chabad of El Paso. Rabbi Levi Greenberg told ABC-7 it’s also a dream come true for him and his parents when they arrived in El Paso 35 years ago.
“Their intention in coming here to El Paso was to establish a permanent Chabad presence to do Jewish outreach and to create a community that was inviting and welcoming to everyone,” Rabbi Greenberg said.
“It’s a campus that will be able to facilitate the Jewish needs of all the Jews in the region.”
The front of the building – a three-peak, brown brick facade – is a replica of the Chabad World Headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.
There are only about 20 replicas in the world, Rabbi Greenberg said. “(It’s an) icon for Jewish outreach, for inclusivity, and for friendship. Therefore, we felt that it would be very meaningful to also have our own imitation here.”