LIVINGSTON, N.J. (Reuters) – Looking out of his office window, Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum finds it hard to get work done as he watches kids enjoying the miniature town he built for them.
The village of storefronts inside his enclosed “LifeTown” complex in Livingston, New Jersey, lets children with special needs – “special abilities,” Grossbaum insists – hone their social skills, and he always wants to join them.
“I feel this magnetic pull to come out here and to be with the kids and experience life with the kids, because there’s something absolutely magical for what happens here,” Grossbaum said standing in the miniature town, known as LifeTown Shoppes.
If there is any lingering frustration over the seven years it took to convert the 53,000 square-foot (4,924 square-meter) building into his dream, including a year of construction that stretched into three, Grossbaum does not show it.
The 48-year-old rabbi with an early salt-and-pepper beard smiles from beneath his…
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