The 18,500-square-foot building – slated to be formerly dedicated on Oct. 2 – will serve as a second home for the Lubavitch group, which prior to the expansion only had a 700-square-foot space in Yardley.
That site will continue to be used for Shabbat services.
Rabbi Yehuda Shemtov, director of the Lubavitch of Bucks County, expects the new building – named the Glazier Jewish Center after Jason and Nathalie Glazier of New Hope – to be a place where people can relax and enjoy Internet hookups, lounges, music and coffee.
In addition, the center – formerly a Baptist church – will house the organization's administrative offices and social hall, as well as serve as the site for formal education programs.
"I'm so excited about the opportunity to provide the community with something it's never had," said Shemtov. "This center is the right thing, in the right place, at the right time."