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Temple Beth Tzedek
Beth Tzedek is the merger of two Conservative congregations. Finegold Alexander was engaged by this Conservative congregation to design a new spiritual home. After a lengthy property search, the congregation determined that constructing on the existing site of one of the previous congregations represented the best location for the congregation.
The project has very tight budget constraints. The site is heavily wooded, with existing wetland areas. After studying multiple options, the final design fulfills the budgetary and aspirational goals of the congregation by constructing a new “Sanctuary in the woods” for 300, surrounded by a community gathering space and administrative areas. The Sanctuary itself is constructed of laminated wood arches; the glazed bimah wall overlooks a sacred garden and the woods beyond. The new building is independent of the existing; connected by a glazed link. This separation was critical to allowing the building to be of wood construction. The existing building will have its Sanctuary repurposed as the Social Hall, and can be renovated in the future when funds are available.