Aspen, CO - Jews have been a part of life in Aspen since miners first staked claims in 1879.
But the Jewish congregation in the resort town for the last 30 years meeting place was in a church. Now Chabad is going to give Aspen its first synagogue.
The $16 million, 34,000-square-foot structure will occupy half a city block at 435 W. Main St. alongside exclusive boutiques, restaurants and high-priced hotels. The Jewish Community Center Chabad of Aspen, will include a sanctuary and lecture hall, ballroom, classrooms, library, gym, mikvah, kosher cafe and retail shop.
They bought the land in 2003 for $6.3 million and construction will begin this summer, with completion slated for 2010, according to Executive Director Rabbi Mendel Mintz, 32, who was sent to Aspen eight years ago with his wife, Leiba, after teaching in California and Georgia. [rockymountainnews]
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