Breaking New Ground

Watch the progress on our planned 21,000 square foot expansion and renovation of existing space!

Breaking Ground!

A spirited group of board members, major donors and other special friends, many resplendent in bright green hard hats, streamed into the apple orchard behind the Yiddish Book Center on Sunday, May 4, to break ground for the Kaplen Family Building. There was music (by our own Hankus Netsky and his Freylekh Valley Orkestr); there were speeches (by founding board member Penina Glazer, vice president Lou Cove, board chair Lief D. Rosenblatt, and Center president Aaron Lansky); there was a Shehekhionu to mark the occasion; there was applause and cheering; and then 16 shovels dug into the ground at once and construction had officially begun. If you missed the groundbreaking simkhe, have no fear: all of our 30,000 members are invited to the Khanukes habayis – the celebratory Dedication and Housewarming Festival to take place when the completed Kaplan Building opens its doors to the public in May of 2009. Stay tuned – we’ll be announcing the time and date shortly.


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