After years of planning and 10 months of construction, the new JCC and Columbus Jewish Day School in New Ablany have opened the doors to the community.

After years of planning and 10 months of construction, the new JCC and Columbus Jewish Day School in New Ablany have opened the doors to the community.

A large crowd processed from the old 1925 building on state Route 605 to the new location at 150 E. Granville St. during the building's grand opening Sunday.

The group, led by community members carrying two Torah scrolls from the old building to the new, sang and celebrated while walking to the new building -- a $4.5-million joint venture of the JCC, the CJDS and the Columbus Jewish Federation.

Melanie Butter, the community-outreach director at the new Northeast JCC, said she is excited to be in the new 43,000-square-foot facility, which now houses the JCC, the JCC preschool and the CJDS. The preschool serves children from 6 weeks old to pre-kindergarten, and the CJDS is open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Butter said the building would serve the entire community.

"From as early as 6 weeks old, the entire community will be able to utilize the building in some way," she said. "We look forward to creating a variety of programming."

She said JCC staff members are working on a calendar of events for the community. Plans are in place for adult education classes, yoga, youth football and cheerleading classes and open gym times.

She said she also hopes the center could start a structured men's basketball league.

Butter said community events would be posted on the JCC Web site: www.columbusjcc.org. Butter's e-mail address is mbutter@columbusjcc.org.

Kathy McGee, an administrative assistant for the CJDS, said school staff members have been using the new building since the beginning of August.

She said she attended Sunday's grand opening and was pleased with such a great crowd.

Students started school Wednesday, Aug. 26.

She said the building would provide families with more opportunities.

"It's big; it looks like a school; it's spacious, and it has security," she said. "The colors are bright and cheery."

McGee said each parent is equipped with a key card to enter the building.

"Parents seemed super-excited," she said. "They were excited about the way it looks. We have our own space now."

She said she thinks being in the new building will start a great year.

"It's a new building and a new beginning," McGee said.