Our Kick-Off Event for Chidush

Temple Beth Am kicked off Project Chidush with a cocktail reception on Tuesday, November 10th. Hebrew for renewal, Chidush is the Temple’s complete renovation project, redesigning the synagogue to make more room for congregants while at the same time creating a more intimate worship space. 

The event featured 3D renderings and a fly-through video showing the ambitious plans for the Temple’s new design. There was plenty of excellent food and wine for over 200 attendees. Rabbi Alon led the champagne toast for the night, and spoke about why it is so important for the Temple to be renovated, and how this will benefit TBA members, guests, staff and the Jupiter community.

 Rabbi Alon passionately spoke about how the Chidush project 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.”

 Brian Cohn and Krista Alterman, members of various Chidush committees, and Chidush Capital Campaign Consultant Mindy Hanken also spoke about the impact the renewal will have on the Temple’s future. The project has many benefactors supporting the renewal and most were there to raise a champagne toast of L'Chaim with the Rabbi and our members. Large posters of the renovation renderings were on easels around the room, and a fly-through video that played during the evening showed attendees a vision of what our future Temple will look like. In addition, there were profiles on all of our benefactors: Leah & Ed Frankel, Cubby Steinhart, Wendy & Barry Cohn, Liz & Brian Cohn, Robin & Jerry Silvers, Dotty & Alec Wisch and Paula & Mike Deakter. 

The newly renovated sanctuary will be more intimate, featuring a Bima reconstructed to bring the clergy closer to the congregation, a state-of-the-art audio/visual system with Hearing Assistive Technology and a memorial hallway featuring eight Memorial Boards to remember loved ones. The new social hall will feature an additional 2,000 square feet, totaling 6,000 square feet of usable, elegant space, moveable walls, a new speaker system, video screen and projectors. The reconfigured social hall and sanctuary will be able to house up to 1,200 worshipers during the High Holy Days.

I would like to thank everyone who came to the Chidush kick off as well as everyone who has offered their support for the project. I also want to thank everyone who made the event possible including our generous benefactors, kind volunteers, staff, congregants and the Jupiter community. 

For more information about Chidush and Temple Beth Am, please contact Mindy Hanken, Capital Campaign Consultant, at 561.747.1109 or by email at