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Rabbi Oirechman: Fire Devastates Chabad House of Tallahassee

Early Sunday morning, the Chabad House of Tallahassee suffered from a catastrophic fire to the structure. Read Rabbi Oirechman's email about the fire.

// May 8, 2022,

10:46 am

Updated:May 8, 2022

Photos of the blaze that overtook the Chabad House of Tallahassee, Tallahassee Firefighters work to put out the fire. | May 8th, 2022, Chabad House of Tallahassee.
Photos of the blaze that overtook the Chabad House of Tallahassee, Tallahassee Firefighters work to put out the fire. | May 8th, 2022, Chabad House of Tallahassee.
Rabbi Schneur Z. Oirechman sent out the following email to members of the Tallahassee community this morning, sharing the news that early Sunday morning, the Chabad House of Tallahassee suffered from a major fire.
 
“Shalom U’vracha!
Today, at 4 a.m., while in south Florida visiting alumni, parents of students, donors, and other supporters, we were notified that a devastating fire had broken out at the 11,000 square-foot Chabad House of Tallahassee/the Panhandle/FSU. We still know very little, as the fire department has not let anyone into the building and the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

The Moris and Lillian Tabacinic Chabad Center functioned as a center for Jewish life for the last decade of our 23 years serving the Tallahassee Jewish community. It had become a beacon of light, full of the beauty and joy of Jewish life. Thousands of Jewish students and members of our community met one another at Shabbat and holiday services and meals, participated in Torah study, and witnessed acts of kindness that emanated to all areas. While that is something no fire can negate, we are now faced with the destruction not only of the building, but of our Torah scrolls, literally hundreds of books, our kitchen and all our other facilities.

Chanie and I are shocked and overwhelmed by this terrible fire; fortunately, no one was injured. We are also committed to overcome this tragedy, and with G-d’s help we will yet build a stronger and brighter future out of the ashes.

We will keep you updated, and please visit our website for more information as it becomes available.

 

Rabbi Schneur Z. Oirechman

Chabad Lubavitch of Tallahassee, Florida”

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