The groundbreaking ceremony for the Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life brought out members of the Charleston Area Senior Citizen Center on Sunday afternoon.
The ceremonial dig involved 13 diggers -- with plenty of schmoozing. Rabbi Sheldon Marder performed the invocation.
The Campus for Jewish Life will become the permanent home for the 145,000-square-foot Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and 899 Charleston, a 193-unit independent-living and assisted-living senior-residential community. It will also become headquarters for the Jewish Community Federation and offices for other nonprofits serving the Jewish community.
The community covers 8.5 acres and costs $270 million. It will contain a state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming pool, tennis courts, concert, theater and lecture venues, music studio, library, business center, dining facilities and a spa/salon. The campus is expected to open in 2009.