Photos: David Adler
On Sunday, March 17, 2019, the brand new and exquisite ‘Rashi’s Campus’ Chabad Jewish Center was unveiled in Alpharetta, Georgia, named for the late founder of the community, Mrs. Rashi Minkowicz obm, who passed away suddenly in March 2014 at the young age of 37.
Congregants, Shluchim, family and friends, joined for the momentous and joyous dedication of the new Chabad Center, in the planning for many years but only pushed to fruition after the persistence of Rashi’s son Mendel Minkowicz, who dreamed of a center in his mother’s name after her sudden passing.
Speakers included Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos, Rabbi Yossi New, Head Shliach of Georgia, Shliach Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz and the building’s architect Arie Kohn.
Chabad of North Fulton, Georgia, has been providing Jewish education, worship, and community outreach in the area since 1998 when Rashi and her husband Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz moved to town to establish a local chapter of Chabad. They joined a network of over 4000 Chabad centers across the globe that seek to promote Jewish pride and continuity through innovative programming, personal connections and direct relationships with Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations.
“For twenty years we focused on the soul of the organization, operating out of modular trailers and makeshift buildings, focusing instead on the day to day services we provide,” said Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz. “When Rashi passed away the community came together, led by a push from our oldest son Mendel, 14 years old at the time, and decided it was time to build a permanent home for Chabad where her legacy and work could continue for generations to come.”