BLACKSBURG, VA — Chabad-Lubavitch of the Virginias is fast approaching the finish line in its sprint to secure a property on the Virginia Tech campus.
Since announcing the opening of the Librescu Student Center several months ago, they’ve lost no time installing new Chabad representatives at the Blacksburg campus, and establishing the Librescu Student Center there.
They’ve located a building and have raised 90% of the $1 million needed to turn the B&B into a student center that will serve as “a home of healing, joy and spiritual fulfillment to Virginia Tech’s” 1500 Jewish students.
In Jewish tradition, there is no greater act of heroism than the kind that Liviu Librescu demonstrated last April 16 at the Virginia Tech campus. But heroism of this nature is universally appreciated, prompting one non-denominational website to recently name Librescu the “Most Inspiring Person of the Year 2007.”
“I have students coming up to me every day—non Jewish as well as Jewish—who continue to be inspired by the professor’s heroism that transpired here on our campus,” Rabbi Elazar Bloom, Chabad representative to Virginia Tech and the Librescu Student Center, with his wife Rivkah, tells Lubavitch.com
The Romanian-born, Israeli-American professor of engineering at Virginia Tech, blocked the door to his classroom with his body, giving students time to escape through the classroom windows until he was finally gunned down by a disturbed student randomly firing a gun.