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Jewish center in Granite Bay delayed due to lack of funds

About $1 million needed to finish Placer County?s first Chabad house
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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It may not look like it, but about $200,000 worth of work has been completed on Placer County's first Chabad house since its groundbreaking more than two years ago.

The 7,400-square-foot Shapiro Chabad Jewish Community Center will replace the old fire station on Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay. But, currently, the site is overgrown with weeds and unfinished because of a lack of funds.

The nonprofit Chabad of Placer County needs about $1 million to complete the project.

"With the economy, it's not an easy time to do a project like this," said Rabbi Yossi Korik. "Thank God for the generosity of the community we've been able to move forward, although not at a speedy pace."

The project experienced a six-month delay after the April 2010 groundbreaking, waiting for the permit process to wrap up. Crews then completed the project's first phase, which involved new sidewalks, utility connections, fire lines and other property improvements.

Landscaping is the next big undertaking, which will begin this summer if enough funds are available, Korik said. With the exception of some grant money from a Jewish organization in New York, most of the funding is through local donations.

"This is a community project," Korik said. "It's done by the community, for the community."

Crews will then construct the center. They will add new spaces around the existing building and refinish the exterior. The center will be a place of worship, learning and celebration. There will be a Shul, kitchen to prepare kosher meals, classrooms for Hebrew and Torah lessons, social hall and a Mikvah.

"A lot of people think this is so important because it's the first Jewish community center in south Placer County and it will bring more diversity and culture to the area," Korik said.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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Shapiro Chabad Jewish Community Center

What: Help fund the construction of Placer County's first Chabad house

Where: 4410 Douglas Blvd. in Granite Bay

How: To make a tax-deductable donation, call (916) 677-9960 or visit www.jewishroseville.com