Florida Governor Ron Desantis has tweeted support for Chabad of Tallahassee in Florida, after their Chabad Center was completely destroyed by a devastating fire.
“Earlier this week, a synagogue in Tallahassee was destroyed in a devastating fire. While @FLCaseyDeSantis & I hope and pray this was a tragic accident, the State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the blaze. Support their rebuilding efforts here,” he tweeted.
Earlier this week, a synagogue in Tallahassee was destroyed in a devastating fire. While @FLCaseyDeSantis & I hope and pray this was a tragic accident, the State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the blaze.
Support their rebuilding efforts here: https://t.co/Z0Bdr4wUV0
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 13, 2022
The Moris and Lillian Tabacinic Chabad Center, which serves as a center for Jewish life for hundreds of students and locals for the past decade, has been completely destroyed in the fire. The loss includes the center’s kitchen, a Judaic library, and decades of Rabbi Oirechman’s handwritten notes of Torah classes, which he has been using for teaching for many years.
Seeing the damage, which has been assessed at nearly $2 million, is devastating, however the most tragic of all is the 2 precious Sifrei Torah, which will soon be buried, Rabbi Oirechman said.
The Chabad Center has served as a center for Jewish life for the last decade, and “had become a beacon of light, full of the beauty and joy of Jewish life” for so many.
“Thousands of Jewish students and members of our community met one another at Shabbat and holiday services and meals, participated in Torah study, and witnessed acts of kindness that emanated to all areas. Alumni from all over the world who have studied at FSU in the past 22 years, as well as current students, are offering support and help,” Rabbi Oirechman said. “Many are telling us they feel their second home has been destroyed.”
Support their rebuilding efforts at https://thechesedfund.com/chabadoftallahassee/fire