Chabad of Oakland, CA, has announced it’s buying a building, but moving day won’t cause too much hassle: The new place is right next door to the one Chabad is currently leasing.
“We’ve had our eye on this place for a year,” said Rabbi Dovid Labkowski.
The building, owned by the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, wasn’t even for sale when Labkowski and his wife, Shulamis, set their sights on it. They knew it would be perfect if it ever did come on the market.
The new space, at 3014 Lakeshore Ave., will include a synagogue space, an event and lecture hall, adult education classrooms, a library, a kosher kitchen and offices inside 8,200 square feet. Additionally there will be space for a Hebrew school and Oakland Chabad’s Young Jewish Professionals group.
“We want to make it into something special,” Labkowski said.