Twinsburg’s first synagogue to open early next year
TWINSBURG – Those of the Jewish faith will soon have a place of worship in Twinsburg.
Twinsburg’s Chabad Jewish Center will open in a former office on Vail Drive early next year, Rabbi Mendy Greenberg said. The center will lease space, approximately 1,500 square feet, to accommodate weekly synagogue services, a Hebrew school, its Mom & Me program and vacation programs. It will be Twinsburg’s first Jewish center.
“We have seen a lot of growth in the community and many young families relocate,” said Greenberg. “Not having a real space to call ours really hampered activities. “
All open house events will be announced “when we are closer to the actual opening,” Greenberg said.
Twinsburg Chabad was launched in 2017 by Greenberg and his wife Mussie in the couple’s own home, as well as in various rented spaces. But as attendance grew, the Greenbergs realized they needed a bigger, more permanent home.
“I grew up in Solon, where my parents run a similar organization, so Twinsburg was a natural fit,” Greenberg said. “We had a lot of friends in the area and no Jewish service was provided, so we decided to meet that need.”
Greenberg says the new space may be too small to accommodate major holiday celebrations, but it will meet the current need for a location for daily and weekly events.
“Some of our events are watched by over 100 people, while others are on a smaller scale,” Greenberg said. He added that Twinsburg Chabad would continue to rent spaces as needed for larger events.
In addition to the new space, the community recently commissioned the writing of a new Torah scroll for the synagogue. A Torah is Judaism’s most sacred object, the Bible handwritten by a scribe that is read every Shabbat during services, Greenberg said.
“This will be the first Torah scroll owned by the community,” Greenberg said. “So far we have borrowed from other synagogues.”
Twinsburg Chabad is now embarking on a campaign to fund the new construction project, with an immediate goal of $ 50,000.
“Signings are available for various parts of the center,” Greenberg said. “Families could dedicate a portion of the Torah and have their names embroidered on the cover of the New Torah. “
“This marks an important milestone in our growth,” said Greenberg, “and we are all very excited.”
Greenberg described Chabad as a “non-denominational” community for Jewish followers.
“It is frequented by Jews of all faiths, while providing a traditional form of Jewish observance,” he said.
For more details, visit https://www.jewishtwinsburg.com or call 440-465-2063.
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This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Group to open Twinsburg’s first synagogue and Jewish center