By COLlive reporter
Chabad of North Fulton in Alpharetta, Georgia, has acquired additional land adjacent to their campus on Jones Bridge Road, bringing the total campus area now to 6.5 acres.
The acquisition of two acres and a house on the property was donated by Mike Leven, a renowned philanthropist who serves as the president and Chief Operating Office (COO) of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
“Chabad and Rabbi Hirshy Minkowitz have accomplished tremendous things in their first 14 years and I see a very bright future for them, their summer camp, and all their valuable work,” Leven said about about Rabbi Hirshy and Rashi Minkowicz.
The Minkowiczs founded Chabad of Alpharetta in 1998. Following the incorporation of two new cities in the North Fulton area – Johns Creek and Milton – they formally changed their name to Chabad of North Fulton, in January 2009.
They serve hundreds of families in the community with an array of programs. Their summer camp, opened in 1999 with 6 campers, has grown into the premier Jewish day camp in the area. They plan to build a new multipurpose community educational center.
“I never want the lack of physical space to limit their potential growth,” said Leven, a confidant of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. “With the extra land, that eliminates that concern.”
The transaction was facilitated and handled by Chuck Pollack, an attorney with Fryer, Shuster, & Lester, P.C., in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rabbi Minkowicz praised Leven as “a unique human being, a true philanthropist, and a brilliant visionary.”
He added: “We are grateful that he and his family recognize and support our work, and see the great potential that lies ahead of us.”