Construction is now underway at Temple Israel, a Reform Jewish synagogue founded in 1941 and driven by authenticity, social service, and meaningful relationships, with an emphasis on better service to the community and increased engagement with its congregation, which is one of the largest in the nation. The $4.5 million addition to Temple Israel is to be built by Detroit-based Sachse Construction, a premier commercial construction management firm recognized as one of the most trusted and respected construction partners in North America. Sachse Construction President & COO Steve Berlage and Temple Israel’s Rabbi Harold Loss made the announcement.
The 12,100-square-foot addition will expand various community offerings, with six new classrooms, a music room, a teaching greenhouse, and a learning center with a kitchen. This expansion will also include a unique connector between the existing building and the new addition known as the bridge, which will feature a 20-foot clerestory surrounding a playground area. Sachse Construction is the construction manager on the project, while Stuart J. Fine & Associates, Inc. is the architect of record.
“Temple Israel is globally recognized as a forward-thinking congregation, with modern facilities to match. We couldn’t be prouder to serve as the construction team behind this complementary addition to their existing facility,” said Todd Sachse, Founder and CEO of Sachse Construction. “This addition adds incredible community space with a focus on education and service – values our organizations share. The space is thoughtfully and intentionally designed to be a welcoming place for all, and will support the way this congregation celebrates their faith.”
The new building exterior will seamlessly match the aesthetic of the existing structure, with the clerestory designed to emphasize the daylighted environment with extra protective features for children who will use the space. Inside, the corridors will be lined with colorful features, including a patterned carpet specially designed for the congregation. Across the property, the Temple will undergo a complete overhaul of the existing 20-acre storm water system.
“Our community is a special place where tradition meets the world we live in today, and as we continue to grow as the largest Reform congregation in North America, we remain committed to evolving our offerings to meet the needs of those who may enter through our doors,” Loss said. “We have come so far since our founding in 1941, and I have been pleased to witness our transformation firsthand as a member of the congretation since 1971. No matter how many decades pass, we have always looked for opportunities to highlight the creativity and heart of our community. I cannot wait for everyone to experience and enjoy these new features that will be available early next year.”
Temple Israel was organized in just 60 days back in 1941 before the start of World War II, with approximately 600 members chosing to join the new congregation within a two-month period. After spending its first 10 years in the auditorium of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Temple Israel’s first sanctuary opened in Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood, where the congregation remained for 30 years. The current location in West Bloomfield was built in 1980 and initially expanded in 1989. A mikveh was added in 1995 and the most recent renovations—complete with technological advancements including streaming capabilities—were completed in 2017. Today Temple Israel is home to more than 3,400 families and growing. More information about Temple Israel is available at www.temple-israel.org.
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Temple Israel creates an inclusive center for spiritual fulfillment and community building through the lens of Reform Judaism. The synagogue is devoted to encouraging an atmosphere of lifelong learning and appreciation of Jewish culture while supporting its homeland, the State of Israel, and helping Jewish communities across the globe. For more information, visit www.temple-israel.org.
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