Breaking New Ground

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

Going Up!

Construction has begun! On May 4, we officially broke ground for the Kaplen Family Building: a 22,000-square-foot addition that will almost double the size of our Amherst headquarters. The new structure will provide much needed, state-of-the-art, long-term storage for our most valuable books – and a perfect home for our newly expanded educational programs, including a national School for Jewish Culture.

This blog will give our friends and members a chance to watch with us as the building rises before our eyes. Completion is slated for this coming winter, and we hope to dedicate the structure with a rollicking Khanukes habayis (public Housewarming Party) and open our doors to students – both college age and adults – by May of 2009.

Thanks to the extraordinary vision and generosity of our members, funding for the $7-million expansion is mostly in hand. But it’s still not too late to put your name on this exciting, history-making building. Remaining gift opportunities include an innovative geothermal system that will heat and cool our existing building and the addition; a kosher “demonstration” kitchen where we’ll offer regular classes in Jewish cooking; and a 275-seat Performance Hall where audiences can enjoy the best of Yiddish and other modern Jewish music, film, theater and more.

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