By COLlive reporter
A new building was purchased Friday which will benefit the Central Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim at 770, which educates hundreds of Chabad bochurim each year.
A Vaad of Askonim, led by businessman Meir Buckchin and with the support of many community members, has coordinated the $4.7 million purchase of the building, which is located next door to the current Yeshiva dormitory at 749 Eastern Parkway. This milestone marks a new beginning for the flagship Chabad institution, and has brought excitement to all the hanhallah members of the Yeshiva.
755 Eastern Parkway is a 4 story building, which is built as a school on the first floor and basement levels, containing 12 classrooms, and 3 additional floors with 2 apartments per floor.
During a fundraising campaign for the Yeshiva last summer, the group of donors were informed that the building next door had recently gone up for sale. Working quickly, they contacted the seller about purchasing the property.
While Oholei Torah Yeshiva, also located on Eastern Parkway, was independently working to purchase the building as well, once they heard that Tomchei Temimim was working on the purchase, they agreed to leave the building for the benefit of the Yeshiva’s future.
Working together with the Yeshiva’s hanhallah, Rabbi Zalman Labkowsky, Rabbi Shloime Zarchi and Rabbi Moshe Meir Gluckowsky, the group of generous askonim, coordinated by R’ Shloime Peleg, spent much time and effort coordinating between the Yeshiva’s various divisions, bringing achdus and excitement to the project, which will ultimately enlarge the Yeshiva’s capacity by a great deal.
The celebration of the purchase of the new building marks a great milestone in the Yeshiva’s history, and future. In the next few weeks, the Vaad and the Yeshiva Hanhallah will be meeting to decide in what capacity the building will be used in the near future.
The Vaad has big plans to expand and rebuild both buildings into a large campus to accommodate hundreds of students in the future, they said.