Chabad of Charlotte is excited to announce the naming of its newest building on the Sardis Road Campus. The “Epstein Family Chabad Center for Jewish Life” will be the name of the new magnificent Chabad Center. The building is named in honor of Harry A. Epstein who had an incredible impact on his grandson, Chris Epstein, the visionary benefactor of this monumental project.

Chris Epstein, President of BECO South and Midwest, has connected with Chabad of Charlotte from his arrival in 2010 and has grown in his friendship and camaraderie with Rabbi Yossi Groner, director of Chabad of Charlotte, through Torah study and his commitment to Jewish life.

The Epstein Family Chabad Center will house Congregation Ohr HaTorah and the Jewish Learning Institute of Charlotte and will feature a commercial kosher kitchen and a grand multiuse ballroom as well as a junior congregation/weekday chapel.

The main entrance will lead in to a beautiful atrium welcoming visitors, members, teens, and preschool families to the new and existing facilities.

A spectacular grand opening celebration is planned for Sunday, September 15th at 5 PM. This event will include activities for the entire family.  The celebration will showcase what Chabad of Charlotte offers on its Sardis Road Campus – programs for adults, teens and preschool children. There will be multiple activities happening for all ages concurrently at this gala event.

Adults will be ushered into the new building where wine and cocktail drinks will await them. A magnificent multimedia presentation by internationally known Chassidic comic, Mendy Pellin, will be held in the beautiful sanctuary. The new sanctuary will feature synagogue furniture designed and built by Lavi Furniture Industries in the lower Galilee of Israel as well as other items from artists in Israel and the USA.

There will be a recognition ceremony with an expression of appreciation to the major donors of the new building, including Chris Epstein and family, Howard and Julie Levine, and Sergio and Adriana Kielmanowicz for their magnanimous support of the new building.

In an exciting development, Leon and Sandra Levine added a gift of $200,000 from the Leon Levine Foundation for a “shot the arm” earmarked for the new Chabad building.

Other major donors include: Alan and Madeline Aron, BECO South, Diamonds Direct of South Park, David and Aleen Epstein, Larry Schwartz, Bobby and Stacy Selkin, and Ed and Leslie Rusgo.

A huge thanks to the Chabad building team led by Arthur Oudmayer, Brad Rabinowitz, and Barry Klemons for their leadership in steering this project to its fantastic completion; and to the architects – Bill Monroe and Theron Hobbs from WGM design and Roger Hendrick and Scott Cozzali from Hendrick Construction.

A festive gourmet buffet will be served after the ceremonious event with food stations located throughout the new building. The buffet, catered by Kosher Charlotte, will feature delectable dishes like Beef Kebab, Chicken Gougere, Scotch Egg, and Eggplant Bruschetta, plus many luscious desserts.

Children will have their own unique programs in the Jewish Preschool on Sardis building, as well as the new Youth/Friendship Circle building, with a special children’s menu.

The Grand Opening event has been coordinated and led by Ellen Engelhardt and Elise Kosofsky with a broader participation from the community.

This celebratory event is open to the entire Charlotte community. To RSVP please visit For more information please call our office at 704-366-3984.

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