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Kadimah!, Temple Beth-El’s capital campaign began in 2014 with the primary goals of providing a safe, reliable and accessible space for our community to worship, learn, gather and celebrate together.Since the campaign’s inception, a great deal of work has been accomplished to repair the roof, plumbing and to clear and remediate the land on which the Temple sits.
Over the years, there have been adjustments to the original vision and plan, yet the primary goals of Kadimah! remain the same – to provide a safe, welcoming space accessible to all members of our community.
The current Covid-19 caused us to further evaluate our true needs as a congregation and community. The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on us – temporarily pausing the Kadimah! campaign. It also scattered our congregation and forced most aspects of our religious and spiritual lives to go online, including Religious School as well as B’nai Mitzvah services and celebrations. However, this pandemic time taught us a tremendous amount, including the critical importance of people, place and proximity to our culture as well as the need for our growing congregation to prioritize getting our young people back to Religious School into the building, as soon and as safely as possible. They are the foundation of our future.
Now in Phase two of our Kadimah! Campaign, FOUNDATIONS, we are focused on just that, the foundation of our community – our students and young people, as well as quite literally the foundation of our building, the lower-level Social Hall, where we celebrate and where all our foundational friendships are nourished. Our immediate focus is to provide a safe, inspiring bright new space for our Religious School by renovating the basement/social hall and bringing it back to its original mid-century flex-functional usage while also aligning it with the larger renovation project.
This is certainly an ambitious project, one that we cannot accomplish without the full support of our Temple Beth-El community and supporters. However, with renewed commitment from the congregation and the community – we are moving forward, Kadimah!
“Temple Beth-El – yesterday, today… and tomorrow. Our congregation has touched the lives and the hearts and souls of so many, while embodying the principles of Reform Judaism and a dynamic sense of community. By generously supporting the Kadimah! Campaign now, we can be assured that Beth-El will continue to be vital and meaningful – and that it will be there for all of us and for each of us – today and for future generations.” – Irwin Rosen