Chattanooga’s Jewish Cultural Center re-opens to growing community

Building recently completed interior renovations that began December 2021

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Chattanooga’s Jewish Cultural Center offers everything from classes, exhibits, music and film series and even a preschool.

After undergoing four months of interior renovations and a quiet past two years, Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga Executive Director Michael Dzik says the center opened again better than ever and ready to properly welcome back its community.

“We have added new paint, new doors and new flooring,” Dzik said. “It’s just a warm, bright place now and we’re just so happy to welcome people back this evening.”

To welcome everyone back, the center hosted the Jerusalem Post’s Chief Political Correspondent Gil Hoffman on his nationwide speaking tour.

He discussed everything from Israeli politics, to the Russia-Ukraine war and more.

Hoffman was impressed with the newly renovated building, saying it shows the city’s Jewish community is thriving and ready to attract new people.

“This is small and mighty, and a lot of small Jewish communities are dying,” Hoffman said. “They’re not remodeling and, here, the fact that they’re remodeling and having an event like this shows that they’re strong and it’ll only get stronger.”

The building has served the city’s Jewish community since 2002.

With the “refresh” completed and gatherings beginning again for the first time since COVID, the growing community is ready for the next 20 years together as a family.

“It really is very exciting to have the building done and completed,” Dzik said. “We’re still waiting for some furniture, but other than that, we’re so glad to have everybody back here. Again with COVID, we just want to be in the same room together and enjoy each other’s company.”

The soft opening event in the building was just the beginning of what the city’s Jewish Federation has planned for this year.

They’ll soon be hosting a live concert and an in-person cooking class at the center with more events coming soon, as well.

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