“If you build it, they will come”
“You know the saying, ‘you build the building and people will come.’ We do have people coming now but we would love to reach even more people,” said Alta Goldstein, co-director of Chabad of Naperville.
That’s the next step after 14 years of service to the Jewish community for the organization. Chabad of Naperville announced they will be moving to a recently purchased Naperville building.
After humble beginnings in the basement of their home, Chabad of Naperville continues to grow in their mission by providing more amenities for Jewish residents in the western suburbs.
“One of the things we want to stress as well is that this is a hub of Jewish life for other Jewish families to meet more Jewish families, regardless of what affiliation they are a part of,” said Rabbi Mendi Goldstein, who co-directs the organization with his wife Alta. “There isn’t going to be any membership so you can have people that can be affiliated with other synagogues as well and this is an opportunity to come meet other families.”
What to Expect
The building will house a kosher kitchen, Hebrew school classrooms, a space for teens, and more.
The site is located at 651 Amersale Drive, near the intersection of North Aurora Road and Route 59.
“Eventually we decided to do it closer to the highway and this would give an opportunity for our nearby cities to come as well as it’s accessible to the highway,” said Rabbi Mendy.
It’s an encouraging sign for the growing organization.
Naperville News 17’s Casey Krajewski reports.