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Temple Beth Tzedek
The merger of two conservative congregations, Congregation B’nai Shalom (CBS) and Temple Beth Tzedek (TBT), this project literally joins the two. New construction consisting of a 300-seat sanctuary, community court, administration and support spaces including a Mikveh are linked to the existing CBS whose spaces will be repurposed for assembly.
The site is heavily wooded to the East. The Rabbi and congregation wanted a Sanctuary in the woods. Wetlands, tree conservation and site restraints suggested otherwise. Inspired by the metaphorical connection to the wooden synagogues of Poland and the wish to be close to the woods, the design conceived an all old wood structure, the sanctuary having a dramatic exposure to the East and the wooded site. Twelve glass panels from TBT are relocated to this East wall above the Ark, an interpretation of the polychromatic interiors of the synagogues’ historic antecedent.