Building Renewal

Job opportunity:
Building Renewal Capital Campaign Administrator

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Sept 20, 2022

Project Overview

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

The cost of the building renovation and expansion is $4.3M. Thanks to 15 generous member families, Temple has already raised $2.7M in pledges and donations.

A campaign to raise the $1.6M remaining will launch following the successful congregational vote.

Messages and Testimonials

Message from Rabbi Mikelberg

Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

More than even before, we are conscious of the importance of having a physical home. There is the family home where we reside and then there is our spiritual home, where we pray, learn, nosh, schmooze and gather. At this moment in time we are called to ensure that our Temple home meets our various needs. It ought to be inclusive of our various health concerns such as mobility, sound, ventilation. It needs to be inspiring, a place to let the words of our soul soar. In these troubling times, the walls of our synagogue need to be secure. And we’re called to make it a hub for dynamic programming and the work of social justice. A half century ago our founders trailblazed a path for our progressive community, today we accept that mantle and ensure that we are prepared for the next generation. 

Message from our President Miriam Burke

Miriam Burke

Building renewal – a glimpse of our future!
The big news at Temple is that your Temple Board of Directors held a special meeting in August to review the proposed building expansion and renovation plans – and gave its unanimous approval. The next step is the congregational vote on October 13, 2022, to seek the support of our members. Ahead of the vote, there will be four information sessions in September where you can learn about the plans and ask your questions, or you can visit Temple Israel’s website where you will find the plans, testimonial videos and questions and answers posted there.
I hope you will all come to an information session and sign up to vote on October 13!

Message from the Co-Chairs of BRAC (Margot Montgomery, Mark Palmer, Patsy Royer)

Margot Montgomery
Mark Palmer
Patsy Royer

As co-chairs, our commitment to this important Temple project is rooted in our shared vision of a renewed building at the service of our vital Temple community. We worked through many challenges, including new health and safety considerations, technologies for remote participation, and an environment of rising costs. Our professional consultants helped us work through several design iterations. 

Now we are excited to present a concept design that truly meets the needs of Temple through a capital budget that is within the assessed capacity of our community.

We believe this offers a beautiful and practical design that meets all of Temple’s priority needs, a detailed budget, and a path forward to raise the remaining funds.

‘Our door to the future’ belongs to all of us – on behalf of the Building Renewal Action Committee (BRAC) and the Board, we invite you to join us in moving forward – we can only do this together!

We're excited!

Lorne Rachlis

Learn why Lorne Rachlis feels strongly about renewing our building.

Ranit Braun

Why is Ranit Braun excited about the building renovation? Watch this one minute video to find out.

Miriam Burke

Why does Miriam Burke feel strongly about renewing our building? See this short video.

Key Improvements

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:

  • Accessible washrooms housed in the new construction with a universal washroom on the entrance level. The school is fully accessible from the new main entrance.
  • A safe drop-off area and accessible parking offer visitors ready access to the new main entrance.
  • The social hall and sanctuary benefit from increased natural light, new chairs, carpeting and refreshed interiors. There are new movable room dividers.
  • Reception or lobby areas on both levels to provide space for when the sanctuary chairs need to be reset quickly for social events.
  • The school retains seven classrooms and an office in a new lay-out, with security enhancements, and is fully accessible by elevator and outdoor ramps. Natural lighting will brighten the central general purpose area. When needed, this space can be used for special synagogue events.
  • An enclosed library space in the school provides a home for books and reference materials, and could be used for small group study.
  • Administrative offices are relocated but remain on the upper level and benefit from additional storage space and improved lay-out. More storage space is provided in the social hall / sanctuary for chairs and tables.
  • FAQ's

    Information Sessions and Congregational Vote

    On October 13, 2022, members and companion members will need to cast their vote on moving forward with this project. The meeting will be held in a hybrid format (both in person and virtual) to enable maximum participation.

    In advance of the vote, you will have many opportunities to learn more about the planned building renewal project. You are encouraged to participate in one of four upcoming information sessions where you can pose questions to the board and view the planned designs. Over the High Holidays, project ambassadors will also be available to speak with you.

    Registration details for the information sessions will be sent in a special email to members in early September. Following that, members will receive a separate special email in early October to register for the congregational vote.

    Information sessions will be held:

    • Wednesday, September 14, 7:00-8:00 pm, via Zoom
    • Sunday, September 18, 4:30-6:30 pm, in person at the Kichesippi Beer Company, 2265 Robertson Road in Bells Corners
    • Tuesday, September 20, 7:00-8:00 pm, in person at Temple Israel
    • Wednesday, September 28, 10:00-11:00 am, via Zoom
    • Sunday, October 2, 10:00 am-11:00 am in person at Temple 

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