July 16, 2020 6:50 am at 6:50 am #1882691
Posting here, as there is no place to post on sponsored content.
There was a shul in St John’s a long time ago, and there was a mikveh in their building. From what I’ve heard, it became conservative years ago, but in remote places communities tend to stick together, and it might be a good kiruv opportunity, if the people there would be receptive to letting Chabad maintain it, assuming it’s still in decent shape. It may be a struggling community with very few people coming or active. Being that it was an Orthodox shul, I assume it was built kahalacha, but it’s possible it used hashaka or certain kulos which Lubavitch are not somech on. Nevertheless, modifying it might be easier and less expensive than starting from scratch. I’m sure they thought of all this already.July 16, 2020 1:25 pm at 1:25 pm #1882756GadolhadorahParticipant
Have you spoken to the Chabad shaliach in SJ? I was stranded in SJ over shabbos about 18 months ago ( with an airline mechanical issue) and met a wonderful young rav whose name I forget who was originally from Argentina and Western Canada. My presumption is that since each Chabad program is self-funded , they would need to raise money to update and maintain the facility which would be a huge challenge for a shaliach who I presume is already struggling financially. I’d be interested if you have spoken with that Rav or whoever is the current Shaliach whether it would be remotely financially feasible.July 16, 2020 1:26 pm at 1:26 pm #1882731lowerourtuition11210Participant
Did you contact mikvahusa (mikvahusa dot org)?July 16, 2020 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm #1883070
I’m sure the shaliach has some contact with them, or at least knows about it, as the first thing they do in a new city is make contact with people in the community. There is probably a good reason why they are building a new one from scratch. In Anchorage, a new one was built as well, but that was after the one on Elmendorf AFB ( later part of a joint base) had fallen into disrepair, which may be the case here as well. Elmendorf was also not walkable from the community on leil Shabbos (but certainly closer than flying to Seattle).July 17, 2020 9:32 am at 9:32 am #1883121ToiParticipant
“…which Lubavitch are not somech on…”
If it’s for kiruv, they’re somech on it.July 19, 2020 2:06 am at 2:06 am #1883482
It is not only for kiruv; they need it for their own family as well.
To administrator: this is exasperating, and most people will not have the patience. The app crashes so often, you cannot tell if it has been submitted multiple times. I had to enter this FIVE TIMES. Please update. Thank you.
PS Make that SIX!
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