By COLlive reporter
Thousands of guests who will be spending the upcoming month of Tishrei at Lubavitch Headquarters – 770 Eastern Parkway will find a new addition.
A temporary wall was built to cover the courtyard of the famous synagogue instead of the red brick wall that was deteriorating.
The brick wall has been in decrepit shape because of a water drainage problem and is scheduled to undergo renovations.
“The actual restoration of the bricks will only be after Tishrei,” a person involved told COLlive.com. “There was a need to make sure people are safe over the holidays.”
An official at Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch, which operates 770 along with Agudas Chassidei Chabad International, has told COLlive.com that since there are no companies who make such bricks today, they need to retain all of the bricks in order to properly restore the wall.
“The cost of fixing the wall will already cost upwards of $20,000,” he said.
As reported, a few bricks went missing and were later returned.
Constructed in 1920 in a Gothic revival style, the building at the address 770 Eastern Parkway was purchased in 1940 by Agudas Chasidei Chabad on behalf of the Chabad Lubavitch movement and as a home for the Rebbe Rayatz.
It has since become an iconic and holy site as the Rebbe’s shul and base of Chabad’s global operations. It attracts thousands of visitors from around the world every year and is considered one of the busiest synagogues in America.