In honor of our temple’s 40th anniversary, in 2017, we embarked on an ambitious project to identify the future needs of our physical plant. Learn more about our renovation project: our dreams for the synagogue, the needs of our aging building, what we hope to accomplish over the next few years.

Renovation FAQs HERE 

March 2019 Update
The Building Committee and its subcommittees continue to actively work on plans for the renovation.

Over 40 people attended the congregational meeting on March 14 at which Bruce Topolosky led a discussion about the current activities of the committee and shared current drawings of the ideas for building and landscape renovation.

The main points were:
Ongoing Design:
• Sanctuary / Social Hall Committee
• Schools / Classrooms / Meeting Spaces
• Kitchen / Storage spaces
• Technology / Security
• Driveways / Parking / Landscaping

Demolition of the acquired building
• Permitting (90 day wait)
• Removal of historical or reusable items (historical salvage, Habitat for Humanity)
• Abatement of possible “toxins,” demolition and removal of waste
• Preserve stone for landscaping

Permitting for demolition. Meetings with ACCA (Advisory Committee on Community Appearance), Planning & Zoning, In-Land Wetlands and State DOT (Department of Transportation).

Options for utilities
• Access to public water
• Possibility of solar or geothermal
• Option to bury utilities (electrical, cable, etc.)
• Security options Communications with neighbors
• Public notices
• Letters and conversations with immediate neighbors
• Reconfiguration of easements for 198 and 214 Durham Road Preparation for “Phase I” – possibly this summer - initial work for driveways and parking with the capacity to park most everyone for High Holidays 5780.

As the project becomes clearer, the Campaign Steering Committee is working on the capital campaign. Subcommittees to address campaign policies, gift solicitations, donor recognition, communications about fundraising and activities to increase awareness of the campaign.

If you are interested in working on any of these committees, please contact Suzy Frisch. Have questions? Be in touch with Bruce Topolosky, Renovation Chair or Suzy Frisch, Campaign Steering Committee Chair.

Listen to the “slide show” presented at the November 2018 Building Renovation Updates.