Door to the Future Campaign

A new year, a new Temple. Renewing Temple Israel for generations to come.
A new year, a new Temple. Renewing Temple Israel for generations to come.

Building Renewal

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.

With a list of improvements that were deemed necessary by the congregation at numerous meetings, Figure Architects Collective was engaged to draw up plans for renovation and expansion.  
 
Temple Israel will have a new entrance, new larger lobbies and mingling space, more comfortable offices for staff, a brighter and more welcoming school area.  In addition, there will be an elevator between floors, new washroom facilities, improved audio-visual equipment and the less visible but necessary safety and security improvements for all of us.  We look forward to a larger, brighter, more welcoming Temple Israel in the very near future, a Temple that we can all build together.    
 

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

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.

Messages and Testimonials

Message from Rabbi Mikelberg

Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

We have heard the call to renew our spiritual home, Temple Israel, where we will pray and learn and share and heal for generations to come. A half century ago our founders trailblazed a path for our progressive community, and today we commit to building on that sacred inheritance.

Message from our President Miriam Burke

Miriam Burke

Our collective voice was abundantly clear in the congregational vote of October 13, 2022, giving direction to Temple leadership that the long-awaited rejuvenation of our synagogue building is a dream that has finally arrived. This is the moment when we make an investment in our shared spiritual future – and in continuity in our liberal Jewish community.

Door to the Future Campaign Co-Chairs

Margot Mongomery
Margot Mongomery
Christine Kessler
Christine Kessler
Gary Viner
Gary Viner

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

Margot Mongomery
Margot Mongomery
Mark Palmer
Mark Palmer
Patsy Royer
Patsy Royer

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.

We're excited!

Lorne Rachlis

Ranit Braun

Miriam Burke

We were …very impressed with the team of professionals you have assembled to lead this project forward.  You have listened to our concerns and those of others and have incorporated many of those ideas into the most recent plan. Bravo!  We offer our full support.”
Susan and Brian Gold

“We are in full support of our Door to the Future renovation campaign. It has been a long time since our building was constructed and our needs have grown – including the need for accessibility. We know that we are not alone in this desire to keep our physical structure up-to-date with our ongoing spiritual structure.”
Hannah and Gerald Halpern

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:

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.

Fundraise

Help us raise needed funds.