GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — The University of Florida is considered the university with the largest Jewish population and now it’s getting a new Jewish center.
The center is opening up this weekend at the university.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned Sunday for the new 23,000-square-foot Lubavitch-Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Learning in Gainesville.
The center cost $4.8 million to build.
With 8,500 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students, the University of Florida has the nation’s largest Jewish population, according to Hillel, the Jewish campus organization.
The university has a total population of almost 50,000 students.
The Chabad-Lubavitch movement emphasizes Jewish outreach, especially involving Jews who may not be active in the Jewish community.