Jewish Community Center plans move to City Council | AspenTimes.com

Jewish Community Center plans move to City Council

Abigail Eagye

Plans to replace the L’Auberge d’Aspen lodge on Main Street with a Jewish Community Center moved forward Tuesday night. The Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-1 to approve the project.According to Rabbi Mendel Mintz, plans for the center include a nondenominational preschool sanctuary and lecture hall, a social hall, a Jewish multimedia library, a Judaic studies program for children and adult education and lectures.Although the center would provide specific amenities for the area’s Jewish population, Mintz said the facility will serve the entire Aspen community.”Essentially our goals are to make Judaism accessible to everyone in a nonjudgmental environment,” he said, and “also to serve the Jewish as well as non-Jewish community with our programs and events as we have in the past, [making] it a vibrant and vital part of the community.”The City Council will consider the project in August, and a public hearing will take place in late September.Abigail Eagye’s e-mail address is abby@aspentimes.com