By COLlive reporter
This Shabbos will be the final one Congregation Beis Shmuel Chabad of Crown Heights spends at its rented location in Yeshiva Chovevei Torah on Eastern Parkway.
Moshe Pinson, founder of the 12-year-old trailblazing shul, announced that beginning next week, Shabbos Vayikra, Bais Shmuel will be moving down the boulevard to the Jewish Children’s Museum on the corner of Kingston Avenue.
It will be “our new home for Shabbos, Yomim Tovim, Chanukah and Yomei D’pagra,” said Pinson and the shul’s new board members, Yossi Apfelbaum, Yitzie Kamman, Shaya Rochester, Zalman Skoblo and Zalman Stock.
The move will help keep “an exclusively shul-like environment within the Hall,” they said. Shiurim, schmoozing and snacks will be in the adjacent lobby. Children’s programs will be held on the first floor and lower level.
They wrote in an email that “the size (and altitude) of the 2nd floor Hall… will better suit our needs.” A comfortable and roomy women’s section will enable family oriented participation.
Rabbi Levi Garelik, a halachic authority who divides his time between Brooklyn and Brussels, is a part-time rabbi at Bais Shmuel. “He has agreed to join us for two Shabbosos each month as well as for each of the Sholosh Regalim,” Pinson said.
When in town, Rabbi Garelik delivers a Friday night shiur, sermon on Shabbos day, a maamar on Shabbos afternoon and a Likkutei Sichos shiur on Sunday morning.
Rabbi Garelik presents a monthly women’s shiur and leads Farbregens on Shabbos Mevarchim and on Chassidishe Yomim Tovim, as well as shiurim before each Yom Tov, including practical Halachos and preparedness.
“Judging by the respect and appreciation we have seen for Rabbi Garelik, we are sure that his presence will be a great contribution to our community,” said Pinson.
Congregation Bais Shmuel, the first of a slew of “young shuls” in the neighborhood, has taken a leading role in the building of Mikvah Mei Chaya Mushka of Crown Heights.
Pinson said the long-term goal is to find a permanent location for Beis Shmuel. Until then, “the new location will inject a positive new energy and will enhance our davening, learning and farbrenging experience.”