Law firm facilitates second Chabad purchase in Fairfield County

Chabad, a Jewish non-profit organization, has completed its purchase of the former Elks Lodge at 452 Brookside Drive in Fairfield at the corner of Samp Mortar. It is the another of many area real estate transactions for the organization within 24 months, all facilitated by the law firm of Goldman, Gruder & Woods.

Attorney Kenneth Gruder, a founding member of the law firm, represented Chabad pro bono along with other attorneys from the firm.

In January 2013, a separate arm of the international organization, the Westport, Weston, Wilton and Norwalk chapter of Chabad, purchased the historic Three Bears Restaurant on Newtown Turnpike in Westport. That property is currently a Jewish community and learning center. Transactions currently are closing in other Fairfield County towns.

Gruder said the 5,000-square-foot property in Fairfield now will be used as a central hub for Jewish life both in town and for surrounding towns, with programming that previously took place on Stratfield Road and elsewhere.

“For the past three years, Chabad of Fairfield leased part of the former Hillel Day School for its year-round programs, and often held activities and events at area synagogues and other locations offsite because of space limitations and other issues,” Gruder said. “Moving forward, Chabad’s new home at Brookside Drive will be a warm, inviting, spacious gathering place for the entire Jewish community of Fairfield County.”

According to the firm, the property was purchased for $810,000.

“In addition to its current offerings of holiday celebrations, workshops, and lectures, Chabad will utilize the increased capacity of its new space to offer special events and a once-a-week onsite Hebrew School,” Gruder added. The Fairfield branch of the organization is led by Rabbi Shlame Landa and his wife Miriam, both well-known and beloved figures in the Fairfield County Jewish community.

“The generosity of our supporters has been overwhelming and is indicative of the vibrant Jewish life that will continue to flourish in our community,” said Rabbi Shlame Landa.

Able Construction of Norwalk, which is providing services at no profit for the Westport project, will once again help with planned construction to the property.

Chabad is a major movement within mainstream traditional Judaism with more than 3,000 branches worldwide. The name Chabad is a Hebrew letter acronym for Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge.

Gruder and his wife, Allison, have long been supporters of Chabad and were honored at a recent gala. “I am thrilled to have helped with this endeavor, and proud that my firm has once again been in a position to have done so without a fee,” Gruder said. “Chabad is an uplifting and inclusive organization whose mission is to teach the inspiration and joy of Judaism.”

The law firm of Goldman, Gruder & Woods also has offices in Trumbull and Greenwich.

More information about Chabad is available at or 203-373-1118.

About the firm:

Goldman, Gruder & Woods, LLC represents individuals, employers and employees in matters related to business, real estate, employment, education, criminal, litigation and health care laws. Its attorneys believe that the best and most economical client service is achieved within a smaller firm with few barriers between client and principal. The firm, with a focus on smaller or closely-held businesses, has offices in Norwalk, Trumbull and Greenwich;,, 203-899-8900.

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