Goal: $1,500,000
$1,583,746.62 Total Raised
105% Complete

THANK YOU! WE DID IT! We raised $1,583,746 for Help San Jose! Thank you to our generous matchers for making this a possibility, and a HUGE thank you goes to YOU for seizing the opportunity to do good.

Lyna Lam & Chris Larsen

We all need a safe place to worship and hope we can all join together to help this wonderful community recover quickly!

Consulate General of Azerbaijan

We were so saddened to see the synagogue in flames. We look forward to the grand reopening of the Jewish community center soon!

Lior Zeevi & Shlomi Israel of Hvac Gurus

We look forward toward a bright future for our community.

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Dear Friend,

On the morning of December 22, 2021, tragedy struck at the heart of our Jewish community in the Almaden neighborhood of San Jose, when a disturbed individual ignited a fire that totally destroyed our newly-opened Chabad center on Branham Lane.

Thank G-d, nobody was hurt in the blaze, and we were able to save our sacred Torah scrolls and other holy books just in the nick of time.  Otherwise, almost everything was decimated.

The Chabad House has become a thriving center of community – including a fully-enrolled Hebrew School, a dynamic synagogue, a multifaceted adult education institute, and a headquarters for Shabbat, holiday and outreach programs for the benefit of the community at large.

It is axiomatic of our Jewish psyche and tradition that rather than allow tragedy and destruction to demoralize or discourage us, we use it as a springboard to achieve yet greater heights.

As if to reinforce the fortuitousness of this concept as it relates to our own circumstances, not long after the smoke had cleared our leased facility on Branham Lane, we were informed of an ideally-suited, centrally-located commercial property on Almaden Expressway that had come available for sale. With close to 30,000 square-foot footprint and 8,750 square-feet of usable space, this facility has the potential to serve our community’s needs in the long-term future. Moreover, it would be a home we could call our own! 


We are now turning to our friends – like you – to help us take this very timely and pressing effort to the next level. As one who I believe has a profound appreciation for the work we do – the lives we touch and the continuity of community values we engender – I am appealing to you to please contribute, or make a pledge, in whatever amount you can, and help us close on the property!  

With deep gratitude and blessings for the good health, safety and security of our loved ones, I remain,
Rabbi Mendel Weinfeld


Please remember to submit your donation to your company and have them match it! 

You can dedicate a room or a brick in honor or in memory of a loved one, while making a lasting legacy here in San Jose!   

Dedications ($3600 and above) will be acknowledged on Donor Dedication Wall.



Methods of Giving:

  • Credit Card Option - Choose the "Credit Card" option and your donation will be processed and featured right away. Use this option if you want to pay by credit card and wish to make your payment in full. 
  • Pledge Option - Choose the "Pledge" option if you wish to pay via check, Zelle, PayPal or in installments (even with a credit card). Your pledge amount will be featured in the campaign right away, but then please inform us ([email protected]; 408-910-2034) how you’d like to process your pledge and to set up an installment plan.  
  • Matching Grant - Our Tax-ID is 84-3752618.
  • Check - Mail check to: 5931 Porto Alegre Dr, San Jose CA, 95120 Please indicate “Capital Account” in your check memo.
  • Zelle and PayPal - both are registered with the email address: [email protected]
  • VenmoCashAppPayPal - click the link to send money directly.
  • Other - To make a pledge over the phone or to discuss options, call us at 408-910-2034.
  • Teams - You can also create a "Team" to share with your contacts to help us reach our goal!

Please note: Chabad Centers are not funded by Chabad Headquarters; each center is fully responsible to raise its own funds. Chabad of Almaden is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization and all contributions to it are tax deductible.

This campaign is exclusively for Chabad's Building Campaign, not annual operating budget. It's imperative that Building Campaign donations be over and beyond your much-needed contributions towards Chabad’s operating budget.  For donations to annual budget, please click here.

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