On Sunday, March 13th, Temple Beth Am of Jupiter held a Groundbreaking Ceremony and Beam Signing for its imminent renovation project called Chidush (Renewal). The congregation, community gathered to watch the Temple start on their project to breathe new life into the sacred building. As community and congregation members sipped their mimosas and noshed on their Danish and Hamantaschen, benefactors and Temple staff thrust their gold shovels into the dirt and officially inaugurated the Chidush project.
Congregants, benefactors, and religious school students all had a chance to sign the beam that will later be featured in the lobby of the new Temple. The beam is now covered in signatures, hearts, memories and messages of love for the community. Temple staff, volunteers, congregants and community members’ messages will forever be written into the future history of Temple Beth Am.
Chidush is about redesigning the synagogue to make more room for congregants while at the same time creating a more intimate worship space.
Temple Beth Am’s Rabbi Alon Levkovitz elaborates on why Chidush is necessary: “Temple Beth Am’s vision involves removing barriers to embracing Judaism in order to create a strong, vibrant, accessible, and engaged Jewish community. Investing in the Chidush project is an essential step towards meeting that vision. It will allow Temple Beth Am to have a more inviting building, where our congregants can feel they are truly a part of, rather than just attendees at, services and events, where programs can be expanded to be inclusive for all ages, where our staff and volunteers can efficiently provide needed support, where our children can find meaningful, enlightened, and enjoyable education, and where we have engagement of the people we need to ensure that Temple Beth Am will meet its vision and serve its Jewish community well into the future.”
The Temple is very grateful to all of its generous benefactors, with noteworthy attention to Leah and Ed Frankel who gifted $500,000. The Frankels have been part of the Temple Beth Am family for 17 years, and helped to build and grow the reform synagogue that stands today. Cubby Steinhart, Dotty and Alec Wisch, Paula and Mike Deakter, Tamar and Milton Maltz, Robin and Jerry Silvers, and the Cohn family are also among the lead benefactors in Project Chidush.
More information about Chidush can be found on www.templebetham.com, as well as progress photos, renderings of how the new building will look, FAQ’s, and how you can be a part of Chidush too.