New Jewish community center inaugurated in Berlin

A new Jewish community and education center opened in Berlin on Sunday, in the latest reflection of the growing strength of Jewish life in Germany and of confidence in its future. Germany's foreign minister was among the guests of honor at the inauguration of the Szloma Albam House, run by the Chabad Lubavitch organization - which described it as the first Jewish center built in Germany after World War II to be financed largely by private donations. "With the opening, Chabad Lubavitch is sending a signal that Jews trust in the future of Germany," said the center's executive director, Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal. Along with a synagogue, the three-story, $6.8 million center boasts facilities that include a library and media center, conference center, seminary, youth lounge, a mikvah, or ritual bath, and a tourist welcome center.