Twinsburg — For the first time in Twinsburg history, a Chabad Jewish Center synagogue is being established to serve the needs of a growing Jewish population in the area.
The closest synagogue in northern Summit County is Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, and another Chabad exists in Solon.
Chabad’s mission is to create a welcoming environment, where every Jew feels comfortable, regardless of background or level of education, said Rabbi Mendy Greenberg.
“With the quickly growing Jewish population of Twinsburg, it was only natural for us to think about Twinsburg before looking anywhere else to open a Chabad center,” Greenberg said. “After just a few short visits, my wife and I fell in love with the area. We are excited to call Twinsburg our home.”
Chabad’s debut program will take place during the upcoming High Holiday Services at 10 a.m. with children’s services at 11 a.m., on Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 21, and Yom Kippur, Sept. 30.
Greenberg and his wife, Mussie, will lead the program at the Twinsburg Community Center, 10260 Ravenna Road. The program is free and open to the public.
The Greenbergs recently relocated from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Solon, and are moving to Twinsburg this month with their two-month-old daughter, Rachel.
The couple will host a Chabad kickoff tailgate party from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium before the Twinsburg football game against Solon. They invite the public to say hello, get to know one another and enjoy challah — chicken soup and hotdogs.
The Jewish Center, with its initial plans to meet at the Twinsburg Community Center, will be part of the network of the Chabad movement, famous for warm, welcoming and engaging Jewish centers around the world, Greenberg said. In the Cleveland area, Chabad has centers in Solon, Beachwood, Lyndhurst, Downtown Cleveland, Westlake and Akron.
As more young families move into Twinsburg, they are realizing the need for a synagogue or Jewish organization, Greenberg noted.
“A lot of younger families grew up in Cleveland and now are moving out to the suburbs,” he said. “That is our target goal.”
Greenberg said he plans to meet Jewish people in the neighborhoods.
“We want to find out how we can contribute to the community,” he said. “We want to get to know everyone.”
Greenberg’s father, Rabbi Zushe Greenberg, is director of Solon Chabad.
“The Jewish community in Twinsburg today reminds me of how Solon looked in 1991 when we established Solon Chabad,” Zushe Greenberg said. “An influx of young Jewish families moving eastward and no Jewish institution in the area. I am happy that the growing Jewish population in Twinsburg will have a presence in their own backyard.”
Mendy Greenberg was educated in the Chabad school system in Detroit, Israel and New York. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Central Rabbinic Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mussie Greenberg was raised in Detroit and graduated with her teacher's certificate from the Beis Chanah Teacher’s Seminary in Safed, Israel.
For details about the upcoming High Holiday services, email email@example.com or call 440-465-2063.