The Chai Patio

A Outdoor Community Space to Shmooze ,Relax and Socialize 

A Community Project inspired by the incredible students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 2018

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What is the mission and objective of the Chai Center Patio?  

A 3,500sf  outdoor patio space for local teens and community  to shmooze ,relax and socialize, with plans in the works to host many new community programs and initiatives, including teen clubs & community family programs, (Additonal programs include Vpk Sensory area, sukkah pavilion, venue for lifecycle parties ,BBQ & Kosher Food Truck nights and much more...

Who will it serve?

 Everyone! The patio will be open to the entire community ,no membership to the Chai Center will be required, the patio will also be open to local org who wishes to host programs on the patio.

 Why now?

Although the patio was envisioned before the MSD tragedy, we can't think of a better time than now to get it done, let's join together as  do it for the students, the families and the whole community. We all need a positive open safe space to shmoze relax and socialize ,and this is exactly what we envision for Chai Center Patio.The Chai Center Patio will be located in central and popular area for local teens and less than a mile from Marjory Stoneman Dougles.(Chai Center Campus -Heron lakes Shoppes)

What will it cost to build the Chai patio and what is the time frame? 

Once the funds are raised the estimated buildout time is three months, the buildout cost is estimated to cost at least  $45,000 and up to $65,000 ..For a full budget breakdown please call the office at 954-341-9511 

Where on the Chai Center Property will the patio be located? - See Attached map ..

How Can I help? ... Click Here to help make it happen and then spread the word on facebook and instagram .. 

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Turning Darkness Into Light ...

Security Cameras at Chai Center Helped Track Shooter After Attack

FBI and local police pay rabbi a visit after a timely alert

As the nation’s attention was riveted on reports of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., Rabbi Hershy Bronstein read a report from the local sheriff’s office that a suspect had been arrested at a McDonald’s restaurant just across the street from the Chai Center Chabad in Coral Springs, Fla.
Bronstein said his heart “skipped a beat” because of how close the shooter had been to the educational facility he directs. He also thought it was likely that he had evidence that could help police.
It turned out that he did. He reviewed camera footage from the Chai Center and saw Nikolas Cruz, 19, walking down the street into the fast-food restaurant after allegedly killing 17 people at the public high school.
“I recognized that this has a lot of value to the investigation for [law enforcement], and I knew that I



had a moral responsibility to help,” said Bronstein, who has worked in the Jewish community in South Florida since 2005.
The FBI and news organizations later stopped at the center and asked to see the footage. Cruz has since been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
The rabbi has been helping in other ways as well.
The Chai Center is only a mile away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students who attended Hebrew school, or had their bar or bat mitzvah ceremonies at Chabad, typically also attended that high school, said Bronstein. For one of the students killed in the attack—14-year-old Alex Schachter—the rabbi has arranged a minyan for those sitting shiva.
The shooting has affected every family in the area, added the rabbi.

Helping Comfort Victims and Families

“It’s in the psyche of everyone,” he said. “We are a small community.”
After learning of the shooting, Bronstein walked to the Marriott Heron Bay, the police command center and the place where students were being reunited with family members.
“I was just hugging everybody and meeting all of the students as they were bused in,” said the rabbi, who opened the Chai center in 2015.
Bronstein and other local Chabad rabbis launched a community-wide ceremony on Thursday night at a park amphitheater that drew more than 11,000 participants. Before taking the stage to offer words of comfort and recite prayers, Bronstein spoke with U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, who is Jewish, and asked him to wrap tefillin, a mitzvah that is a sign of connection to G‑d and protection from harm.
“I said Ted, ‘Let’s bring light into the world,’ and he was gracious enough to put on tefillintwo minutes before he went on TV,” said Bronstein.
The rabbi has also talked with community members shaken by the shooting. He said he met with one Israeli mother who had moved her family to Florida because she wanted to get away from terrorist attacks in Israel. She had been attracted to that part of Florida because of its reputation as a safe place. Another student, who had a bat mitzvah with Chabad, had run from the school to the center because she knew her mother would soon pick up her younger brother from preschool there.
Many of the students who attend the high school where the shootings took place celebrated their bar and bat mitzvahs at the Chai Center.
“She came to a safe haven, which is our Chabad House, which she is comfortable with because she knew her brother was here. But unbeknownst to her, the shooter was walking in the same direction,” said Bronstein.
In the wake of such “evil,” the rabbi stated, the Torah can serve as a guide.
“At times like this, there are really no words, and we don’t have the capacity to explain G‑d’s intentions or reasons,” he explained. “The only thing we can do is just be here for each other and hug each other and support each other, and just try to keep each other strong—to help each other overcome this tremendously dark time for our community.”

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