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Project Overview Video: Why Redesign the Sanctuary? (Call office for password)
Rabbi Eric Woodward asks:
A sanctuary redesign means rethinking how we use BEKI’s sanctuary.
The room was designed in the late 1950s for a formal, hierarchical style of worship. The rabbi and cantor led services on a high stage, like performers, with congregants seated like a passive audience.
A redesign means creating a sanctuary that reflects our 21st-century values of warmth and inclusiveness, egalitarianism and engagement. It means enhancing our volunteer-led services, in which we are all participants, not audience members. It means a design that expresses our BEKI values and helps us live those values more fully.
The overarching goals involve making our sanctuary:
For more about the thinking behind the redesign, please see the messages from Rabbi Eric Woodward and Immediate Past President Yaron Lew.
What’s the Latest?
02/13/2023 Video: Why Redesign the Sanctuary? (Call office for password)
01/2023 BEKI Bulletin article – January 2023
03/28/2022 Preliminary sketches (Call office for password)
Message From the Rabbi
“Doing Nothing is Not an Option”
Frequently Asked Questions
Sanctuary Photos of
Carole Bass, co-chair
|Review previous plans and ideas for redesigning the BEKI sanctuary.
Research other congregations that have undertaken similar projects.
Present information and ideas to the BEKI community, and gather feedback.
Provide consistent updates.
Synthesize community feedback into sanctuary design.
Present conceptual designs and collect feedback.
Produce a design that has the support of the congregation and Board of Directors and is ready to implement.