On Monday night, a large crowd showed up to the Township Zoning Board meeting in support of Minyan Shelanu’s application for their new building – the Binyan.
As the T-shirts they wore read, they were there to ask that the board find room in their hearts for their new home. And, they did.
“Dozens of boys, their mentors, chavrusas and so many others involved in Minyan Shelanu under the leadership of Rabbi Chaim Abadi entered the unfamiliar world of ordinances and civil procedure with a mission,” says Shmuli Rosenberg, the organization’s spokesman. “They were there to express the importance of The Minyan to our community. The Minyan is a place where everyone belongs, no one is judged and so many have turned their lives around thanks to the care and compassion of Minyan mentors and rabbis.”
Rabbi Chaim Abadi made a strong case to why the Minyan should be granted the variance it sought and was supported by the expert testimony of their building engineer and traffic engineer. Each testimony was followed by a roar of applause in support of the project.
“The members of the Zoning Board realized and understood the necessity of the Minyan having a state of the art new home,” says Rosenberg.
The board unanimously passed a resolution granting the Minyan the variance needed to start this monumental project.
The resolution was greeted by a spontaneous eruption of song and dance and the Minyan boys celebrated this first step towards building their new home.
“But, there is one more obstacle in the way of this project. Significant funding is needed from the entire community. If you are interested in one of the many sponsorships and would like to make a real difference in the lives of the many teens the Minyan helps, please reach out to the Minyan.”