ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 25TH 2020
THE CHABAD HOUSE CAUGHT FIRE.
After battling the flames for 45 minutes, the fire department finally managed to get it under control. The following day, the Fire Marshal's Office made their investigation and found that this fire was not a fluke, it was set intentionally.
Imagine the horror — not only was our center destroyed, our community was targeted as well. This act of senseless hate has left the “Little Blue House” a shell of its former self. What was once a bastion of unbridled vibrance and joy is now a pile of rubble and ash. Our students are now “home”-less.
AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE
While we scrambled to get our wits about us, our Student Board put together a GoFundMe and Social Media campaign to start the rebuilding process. Love & support began to pour in from our community and across the world. University & local leaders placed themselves staunchly in our corner, students have realized the true power of our UD Community.
STARTED BY A HANDFUL OF STUDENTS AND ALUMNI
President Joe Biden
"This news is deeply disturbing — as an alum of @UDelaware and as an American. We need a full and swift investigation into what happened Tuesday night. With anti-Semitism on the rise across the country, we all have a moral obligation to speak out and give hate no safe harbor."
Governor John Carney
"It’s upsetting to learn this fire at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life was intentionally set. This is a place of worship and community, and this kind of violence is unacceptable. Thinking of and praying with Delaware’s Jewish community."
Senator Chris Coons
"I am deeply saddened by the news that the Chabad Center at the University of Delaware was intentionally set on fire this week. As the police investigate this despicable crime further, my thoughts, prayers, and support are with our state’s Jewish community. I stand with you."
HEAR IT FROM THEM
"When I was feeling lost, Chabad opened their doors to me. They have welcomed me and made me feel at home ever since."
- Tia Scheff '20
"THE ONLY SENSIBLE RESPONSE TO DESTRUCTION IS TO BUILD SOMETHING BETTER IN ITS PLACE."
It is with this in mind that we have embarked on an ambitious journey, not just to rebuild, but to rebuild a bigger and more purpose oriented space for our students. And to do so as quickly as possible.