By COLlive reporter
Last Sunday’s warm temperatures were a perfect backdrop for the Jewish Youth Network’s long-awaited Ground Breaking Ceremony, heralding the imminent construction of the Jewish Youth Network Robbins Family Centre in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Toronto.
The grand celebration marked JYN’s landmark achievement of establishing a revolutionary, all-inclusive center specifically designated for the youth.
“This first-of-its-kind prototype will transform a building of bricks and mortar into a hub of youth-oriented programs that are saturated with Jewish pride and identity–a center pulsating with Jewish life,” said JYN Executive Director, Rabbi Shmuli Nachlas.
The event was well attended by local residents, supporters, students and friends who came out with great excitement to join in this community-wide initiative.
Opening remarks were made by Rabbi Nachlas, followed by greetings from Rabbi Zalman A. Grossbaum, Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Southern Ontario.
JYN 2018 Teen President Josh Dusang offered a student’s perspective on the upcoming center, and hearty recognition was given to Councillor Ward 5 –Richmond Hill, Karen Cilevitz, for her staunch support and untiring efforts to overcome municipal hurdles.
Highlights of the event were the Sod-Turning Ceremony and the unveiling of the Cornerstone by JYN Visionary and Founding Benefactor, Mr. Larry Robbins and the Robbins Family, in whose honor it was dedicated.
The crowd enjoyed a variety of refreshments, on-site activities for the kids such as bouncing castles and rock-climbing, and even caught a glimpse of the ready-to-be-unveiled Kosher Pickle Food Truck that will soon be rolling through the streets of Toronto, offering up lots of delectable, kosher Jewish goodness.
For more info, visit www.buildjyn.ca