A winter chill was in the air but the atmosphere was warm and welcoming as the Young Israel of Teaneck community gathered outdoors for a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the expansion of their shul on Sunday, January 5.
Founded in the Country Club section of Teaneck in 1992, Young Israel, which has more than 215 member families, has outgrown its space at 868 Perry Lane. The expansion — which includes an extension of the sanctuary, a new social hall, a beit midrash, eight new classrooms, and office space — will triple the existing size of the building and will cost more than $4 million.
Several local officials joined the celebration. They included Teaneck’s Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, Deputy Mayors Elie Y. Katz and Mark Schwartz, Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Zur, and a representative from the office of Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J. 5th Dist). They also were joined by architects from SNS in Montvale, builder Kenn Visbeen, and Tim McNaught, the senior vice president at Lakeland Bank in Teaneck.
Binyamin Krohn, Young Israel’s rabbi since 2014, thanked the many volunteers who contributed to make the expansion possible. “This event was a celebration of all of the time, energy, and investment of so many of our members,” Rabbi Krohn said. “It is so inspiring to see our community come together, well on our way to achieving our goal of building a new physical space to continue our spiritual growth. I could not be prouder.”
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