Plans for the new Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center for a Jewish Tomorrow are moving ahead quickly.

Plans for the new Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center for a Jewish Tomorrow are moving ahead quickly.

Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, head of the New Albany Chabad center, said construction on the new building at 6220 E. Dublin-Granville Road should be completed in time for the Jewish holidays in the fall.

Currently, the Chabad, which is a religious and cultural center serving the central Ohio Jewish community, is in a building at 68 N. High St., across from the New Albany-Plain Local Schools' 2-5 building.

"We are full," Kaltmann said, referring to their current location. "We are busting at the seams."

The New Albany Chabad is home to a number of organizations and classes, including Hebrew classes, women's Torah studies, Diet Divine, a new six-week weight-loss and healthy-living class that focuses on Kabala, and the Friendship Circle, an organization that partners teen volunteers and children with special needs.

The new building also is slated to house LifeTown, an indoor "town" for children with special needs to learn life skills by role playing and practicing skills in such settings as a bank, medical offices and an art workshop.

LifeTown, which is run by the Friendship Circle, currently is at 1414 Gault St., at the former Kent Elementary School.

Jim Negron, executive vice president of Corna Kokosing Construction, said the building would have two distinctive areas -- a multipurpose area with the sanctuary and classrooms for LifeTown.

He said the building would be a special place for the community.

"One of the things that is really unique about the building is, when we first started the design, we talked about the programming and tried to apply it to what the rabbi wanted," Negron said. "He thought that the building initially was too large and didn't fit into the community."

The original plans showed the building about double the current square footage and about 8 feet taller.

"He wanted the building to shrink in height so it fit in more with the community," he said. "The rabbi played a big part in the design."

Negron said he has been working with Kaltmann for about six years on the project and hopes to get under way as soon as the weather breaks.

Kaltmann said the new 15,000-square-foot building would give the center room to expand.

"It's exciting," he said.

He said the building is being funded through donations.

"We were very blessed," Kaltmann said. "The community was very much supportive of us. We are very, very thankful."

The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center for a Jewish Tomorrow is part of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, which started more than 250 years ago and currently serves about 4,000 families at its 3,300 worldwide institutions, according to the center's Web site.