George Schaeffer cuts the ribbon opening the Center that carries his family's name.

Rohr Chabad at CU Opens Schaeffer Family Center

Rabbi Yisroel and Leah Wilhelm, Directors of the Rohr Chabad House at CU.

With much joy and many speeches, Rabbi Yisroel and Leah Wilhelm, directors of the Rohr Chabad House at CU-Boulder, celebrated the grand opening of their seven-year dream, the Schaeffer Family Student Center on Sunday March 8th. The center, at 909 14th St., a few blocks west of the main CU campus, is four stories and includes two floors of rooms for resident students, a social hall with commercial kosher kitchen, a coffee bar/living room area, a worship space and library, which includes a full set of Talmud volumes.

George, Miriam and Nicole Schaeffer
George, Miriam and Nicole Schaeffer

On hand to cut the big red ribbon around the front doors was George Schaeffer, lead donor and father of Nicole Schaeffer, a 2008 graduate of CU and one of the inspirations for the project. George, Miriam, and Nicole were all honored at the opening ceremonies held under a Big Tent set up on the basketball court that is adjacent to and part of the Schaeffer Center.

CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano

In addition to the Schaeffers, several special guests joined the festivities. CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano offered official greetings from the University, Rabbi Yossi Gordon and Rabbi Mendel Kotlarsky representing Chabad on Campus International came in from Brooklyn, NY, alumni Daniel Deshe was on hand to hang the mezuzah on the Deshe Social Hall, among many other donors, parents, alumni, students, and community members.

Ariel Solomon, member of the 1990 CU Buffs National Championship Football team, donated memorabilia from that team to be displayed in the social hall, and was in attendance to see it in place.

George Schaeffer cuts the ribbon opening the Center that carries his family's name.
George Schaeffer cuts the ribbon opening the Center that carries his family’s name.

Rabbi Wilhelm would like to be sure the community is aware of a few more giving opportunities that are still available at the Building Registry.

Here are our photo albums from the event:

Donor Reception:

Grand Opening Celebration:

About David Fellows

I've been writing things since grammar school, and served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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  1. Well congrats to Rabbi and Leah on fulfilling their dream. Achieving the goal is really a big task.

  2. First of all i would like to thank Rabbi Yisroel and Leah Wilhelm, directors of the Rohr Chabad House for making dream True. This is really great initiative.
    I wish you all future success and achieve your goal.

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  5. Nice share. it's great to open such a good center