Construction began in the fall of 2008 to repair our beloved sanctuary building so that its physical beauty and integrity will match the ruach (spirit and strength) that exists within its walls. Phase One, to be completed during the spring of 2009, will address the physical integrity of the building’s exterior. Later years will focus on its aesthetic.
- Repair rafters and replace roof and rotted roof decking
- Anchor east wall into roof trusses
- Replace gutters, downspouts and connections to drainage system
- Provide proper hatch access to roofs of east and west towers
- Rebuild and extend front stoop, directing rainwater away from the building
- Replace front doors and furnish them with panic hardware
- Repair the stained-glass windows and the ornamental wood framework
- Replace venting panels in stained glass windows
The total cost for Phase One is projected at slightly over $1 million. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation awarded the synagogue a $350,000 matching grant for this work. Our challenge was to raise the required matching funds as well as additional monies for other repairs best done during Phase One. With the support of our congregants and friends, we raised just over $1 million (including the Matching Grant) in 2007 and 2008. The additional work will likely include efforts to repair and replace bluestone in the front courtyard.
Support the Campaign
The Sanctuary Preservation Committee has been formed to oversee the raising of funds and their expenditure. We encourage you to speak with Campaign Chair Howard Schneider or other members of the committee.
All capital campaign contributors at or above the $2500 level will be acknowledged on the L’dor Vador wall (“From Generation to Generation”). Dedication Opportunities are available for donors of larger gifts. Donor recognition for gifts made to our Capital Campaigns since the year 2001 is on a cumulative basis. Every donation – however large or small – will become part of our permanent record.