Chabad’s Rabbi Yossie and his wife Chanie Alperowitz have just completed a million pound project, the new Chabad Centre in Bournemouth, England.
After three years of holding services in rented accommodation while searching for suitable premises, followed by sixteen months of planning and construction, the Jewish community (pop. 5000) of this coastal town in Dorset celebrated the opening of the Chabad Centre’s doors this past Shabbat, July 10.
Some 150 filled the Chabad Centre for a dual celebration as Tzvi Alperowitz celebrated his bar mitzvah.
Rabbi Alperowitz described the achievement as “A dream has come true,” that will now make it possible to continue to “grow and expand the Rebbe’s work in Bournemouth.”
The new Centre, with a well stocked library, accommodates Shabbat and daily services, adult educational classes, children’s classes, and a host of programs and activities for the youth and elderly. A well equipped commercial kitchen will provide kosher catering services, further enhancing Jewish life in Bournemouth.
“It has already brought new life and excitement to the community,” said Mrs. Chanie Alperowitz.