By COLlive reporter
Rohr Bais Chaya Academy in Tamarac, Florida, marked the yartziet of its namesake Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson OBM with a groundbreaking ceremony for the addition of a new building, named the Life House and Residence Hall.
Held on Chof Beis Shvat, the event heeded the call of the Rebbe on 22nd Shvat 5749 “to increase the establishment of new institutions in her name and merit.”
The 20000 sq. ft. facility will house 98 students. It will include 36 bedrooms, a large multi-purpose/dining room, commercial kitchen, two computer rooms, two living rooms, two study areas, a library, laundry rooms and a personal workout area.
The event began with a video of the Rebbe at the groundbreaking for the expansion of 770, where the Rebbe explains the spiritual significance of the ceremony. The foundation stone was built with pieces of original brick that were part of the floor of the Rebbe’s Suka and the stones were placed by local area Shluchim, donors and faculty members. The bricks were donated by Rabbi Chaim Baruch Halberstam and Rabbi Mendy Brownstein, the Shliach to Westbury, New York.
Head Shliach of Coral Springs, Rabbi Yossi Denburg was honored with placing the first stone, followed by Dr. Sandra Lilienthal and Rabbi Yossi Biston, Director of Chabad of N. Broward and South Palm Beach.
In a beautiful expression of unity, the local Shluchim, Rabbi Yankie Denburg, Rabbi Shlomie Denburg, Rabbi Yossi Hodakov, Rabbi Avraham Granat, Rabbi Moshe Wolf and Rabbi Zevi Schusterman placed a stone together with Rabbi Moshe Rabin, Executive Director of Rohr Bais Chaya Academy. The final stone was placed by local philanthropist, Menachem Rabin, CEO of the SwiftBuying Group.
All the invitees, local and dormitory students and faculty of Rohr Bais Chaya were honored with shoveling earth around the foundation and saying l’chaim on Kos Shel Brocha.
With over 80 students currently in attendance, and with only three spots remaining in next year’s ninth grade, the school continues to grow. For more information, visit www.baischaya.com or call 954 788 8781.