Temple Israel Synagogue, our well-loved spiritual home, is over 40 years old. Built for 100 families, it now is the gathering place, the school, the celebration space and the locus of prayer and ceremonies for more than 300 families.
Temple Israel’s building has served us well for 47 years, but it’s time for a refresh. Updates to improve accessibility, security, safety and aesthetics will ensure that our building can best serve the needs of our current membership and next generations.
The project focuses on six themes:
- Building renewal – creating a physically accessible home for the future
- Community renewal – creating spaces for growth as a community
- Spiritual growth – enhancing the Sanctuary as a place for this growth
- Social inclusivity – strengthening Temple as an inclusive home for ALL routes to Judaism
- School renewal – supporting the learning and involvement of future generations – l’dor v’dor
- Secure community – keeping the congregation safe through enhanced security
Following an overwhelmingly positive vote on October 13, 2022 to go forward, we are launching the $4.3M Door to the Future Campaign to fund our synagogue’s renewal. 60% of the Campaign goal has already been secured in the form of $2.7M from 15 very generous Temple families. We thank them with our deepest gratitude for their commitments.
We spoke loud and clear to Temple leadership that the much-needed and long-awaited rejuvenation and adaptation for accessibility of our synagogue building is a dream that has finally arrived. This is our moment to make an investment in our shared future in Temple life – and in continuity in our liberal Jewish community.
Door to the Future Campaign Co-Chairs
Together we voted to renew our building in record numbers. We spoke loud and clear to Temple leadership that the much-needed and long-awaited rejuvenation and adaptation for accessibility of our synagogue building is a dream that has finally arrived. This is our moment to make an investment in our shared future in Temple life – and in continuity for our liberal Jewish community.
Message from the Building Renewal Action (BRAC) Co-chairs
As co-chairs, our commitment to this project is rooted in our shared vision of a renewed Temple building that meets our communal needs and is achievable with the resources our community can bring to bear. This requirement, to develop not just a vision but one that can be realized, has been met, and with it we open the door to the future, one that we invite you to walk through together.
A bright and welcoming new main entrance is part of a two-story annex at the parking side of the building. The lower level of the annex will feature an entry hall with two sets of doors for security screening, known as a secure vestibule. Our building will have enhanced accessibility via exterior ramps and an elevator, and will include a bimah ramp in the sanctuary.
Other exciting improvements include:
How can you help with the Building Renewal project?
The overall project budget is $4.3M and $2.7M has already been raised or pledged. After a positive vote, a fundraising campaign will launch in October to raise the remaining $1.6M. From November 2022 to February 2023, volunteers are needed to reach out to over 300 Temple families to seek financial support. We are working with a fundraising consultant who will train volunteers and help track progress. Everyone can contribute to this effort.
Help us spread the word about this project! Refer folks you know to the website and encourage members to support Building Renewal. You could help with communications, event hosting, fundraising, and much more! Here are some anticipated upcoming projects: people with expertise in building décor are needed to refine detailed plans; the library books need to be rationalized to plan for relocation in a smaller space.
To get involved, contact the President or a Building co-chair, see Temple’s Weekly Update for coordinates.
Help us raise needed funds.