This 60,000 square foot building was purchased by Machon Chana in 2002, with the intention of transforming it into a state of the art Women’s Community Center. The first phase of renovations completed in 2006, rendered school facilities for Machon Chanas various programs. Presently it houses the school, The Lounge and three synagogues including Bais Levi Yitzchak. With beautiful sunlit classrooms, offices, Judaic library and Synagogue which doubles as Simcha Hall, the facility has become a center of women’s learning throughout the year for women of all ages and stages, as well as a venue for bar mitzvahs, l’chaims and farbrengens during the evenings and Sundays.
There is a place the Rebbe called home. That Is Home To Thousands Of Women.
Among the thousands of institutions founded under the Rebbe’s guidance there was one that the Rebbe called “home”- the Machon Chana residence hall. Named after Rebbitzen Chana, Machon Chana was chosen as the continuation of her legacy. The student dormitory, located in the heart of Crown Heights is a beautiful stately mansion (chosen by the Rebbe in 1974) to serve as a warm and lighted home away from home for the thousands of women who come to the community to live and learn, and build a spiritual and educational foundation for life. Renovated in 2004, the Dormitory was restored to its original beauty while accommodating the needs of modern dorm life. It has 14 sunlit bedrooms and the ability to accommodate 35 students. Two regal and spacious living rooms,a large dining hall and Succah graciously host Shabbaton, farbrengens and YomTov meals as well as day to day living.
Machon Chana Shared Apartments: Machon Chana has designated four comfortable apartments conveniently located in the school building to accommodate the students in the new programs each with their own kitchen and living room. This option is preferred by older students who seek more independence.
A dorm mother, available mashpiim and in -residence counselors (madrichot) provide assistance, mentorship, chevrusa and a feeling of family to the dorm atmosphere, the girls are given the warmth and understanding needed during this challenging stage in life.
Meals & Amenities
Two meals daily are provided in school , supper in apartment and ample bath, shower, complement the spiritual and social climate. Mealtimes, Shabbatons, and Yom-Tov (holiday) celebrations, in addition to student birthday parties and farbrengens, provide an air of festivity. Students develop friendships with families in the neighborhood and share in their celebrations.
Other Non-School Housing Options:
Some older students prefer sharing other living accommodations with fellow students in the neighborhood or a family. Furnished basement apartments in homes and unfurnished apartments in apartment buildings range in price from approximately $300 for a shared room to $900 for a private room. Machon Chana can provide interested students with contact information about fellow students and alumnae who are looking for apartment-mates when we hear about them.
Rabbi Shmuel Wudowsky Reference Library aids and assists student learning and research programs. Since its establishment, the library has acquired hundreds of books plus several periodicals in Yiddish, Hebrew and English, and is continuously growing through the gifts of private individuals and foundations. Subjects range from the historical and philosophical writings of our sages and Rabbis to modern Jewish literature. In addition to a wide range of Anglo-Jewish texts and scriptural commentaries, the school library houses many volumes of Chabad Chassidic texts. Special self-teaching aids are available for mastering the Hebrew and Yiddish languages and Biblical texts and commentaries. Students also have access to the vast selection of Jewish books and tapes at the Levi Yitzchak Lending Library located at 305 Kingston Avenue, a short walk from the school. In addition, the Agudas Chassidei Chabad library, located at 770 Eastern Parkway, just a 5-minute walk from the school, contains many rare and valuable manuscripts available to students. The main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library is also within walking distance.