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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Chabad seemed to be everywhere in 2006.

Chabad seemed to be everywhere in 2006. First, a new Chabad house opened in Old Tappan. Then, Chabad on the Palisades was left into a large sum of money bequeathed by one of its members. While the legacy is being contested, rumors place it above the $30 million mark. And with that large sum of money came a large renovation of the facility in Tenafly, which Rabbi Mordechai Shain expects to be complete by the spring. While Chabad on the Palisades expanded, Valley Chabad in Woodcliff Lake moved forward on plans to construct a new, bigger building.

As we headed into the winter holiday season, things heated up as Chabad on the Palisades fought the borough of Closter, which had for the first time denied its request to set up a public menorah. In Fair Lawn, Chabad had been trying unsuccessfully for years to set up a menorah at the borough’s municipal building. But in 2006, for the first time ever, Rabbi Levi Neubort won a borough council vote to permit a menorah at the municipal building. As Chanukah drew near, Closter also acceded to Chabad’s request and allowed a menorah lighting at city hall.

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