Congregation Beth Israel and Chabad of Forsyth break ground on new Jewish Community Center of North Georgia and synagogue campus – Forsyth County News…

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Mentz also thanked the community, Forsyth County Commissioners, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman, the Congregation and many others for their support.

Continuing on with the night, community member Liza Klahr and her children brought forth soil from Israel to sprinkle it into the earth where they first broke ground later in the night, ensuring that the foundation of the campus will contain soil from the Holy Land for the generations to come.

Mentz then asked that guests write a message with their highest ideals on a blank index card to place in a time capsule that will be kept on the campus for the next 100 years. He wanted to give everyone an opportunity to share brief thoughts with the next generation, who will be able to read the cards once the capsule is opened in the year 2120.

Before the lighting of the menorah, members of the community came together to participate in the Torches of Light, a ceremony to recognize those in the community who have found their light inside.

We can never forget that inside every single one of us, we have a candle, Mentz said. We have a unique branch. Were all unique. Were all special.

Those recognized include District 2 County Commissioner Dennis Brown, who served for 30 years in the U.S. Army and and Dep. Terry Roper, who played a part in rescuing baby India last year, along with others in the community.

This is my candle. This is my light. Find your candle. Shine your light, they each concluded after presenting a torch to the crowd and forming their own menorah.

The event ended with the official groundbreaking as Congregation leaders picked up their shovels and ceremoniously dug into the soil for the first time.

Tonight is a magical night, Mentz said.

The greater community can continue to support the Jewish Community Center of North Georgia and synagogue campus project and leave their mark in the community by buying a brick that will be used in the construction of the building. Each brick will be custom engraved so the Congregation can prominently display the names of families and name dedications that helped them to create the center.

To learn more about the project or to buy a brick to help build up the center, visit ourvibrantfuture.com.

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