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February 7, 2024 – Asbestos Remediation – DONE!

All the asbestos insulation has been removed from the Temple’s heating system in these areas and throughout the Social Hall. The dark pipes in these photos had all been covered with asbestos. Now that it has been removed, we can proceed with the heating system improvements.


January 31, 2024 – Goodbye Asbestos

Here are our hazmat specialists removing the asbestos insulation from the old steam heating pipes above the Social Hall.  That’s why the building has to be closed.  Once this work is complete, another team will begin to install the new, corrosion-free copper tubing that will be used in the upgraded hot-water heating system.

Meanwhile, Facilities Committee members continue to meet with our contractor, architects and consultants to prepare for our hearing with the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission to request clearance of some external work that is part of the flood-mitigation process as well as an upgrade to our security fencing.



January 24, 2024 – Work Has Begun

Before the Social Hall renovation begins, we are updating the heating system.  Contractors have been in and out of the building this week to finalize their step-by-step plans.  They have torn down the metal grill that held up the old ceiling tiles, which had to be removed as part of the mold remediation after the flood.  The grid interferes with the work that has to be done on the pipes and the sprinkler system that will be installed in the Social Hall.  Here are a couple of pictures:

Next week, the asbestos insulation that’s wrapped around some of the steam pipes, and some asbestos-containing floor tiles near the boiler room in the basement, will be removed by licensed asbestos abatement experts.  The following week, after the area has been certified clean, the real work will begin on the heating system.  Much more to come.


January 17, 2024 – Big News!

Most components of the renovation were approved this week by the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission.  As soon as we receive some final drawings from our engineers, we will apply for construction permits.

Along with our architects and consultants, we will make a formal presentation to the commission in February so that we can finalize plans for the areas outside the Social Hall emergency exit walkways and steps.  We plan to install new fencing to improve security and canopies to keep the area dry, since this was the primary access point of the water that flooded the Social Hall.

The heating system upgrade began this week.  Materials have been ordered and work schedules have been set with the subcontractors.  The first step will be to remove the asbestos insulation from the old steam pipes.  The hazmat team will only be available the last week of January, so that’s when visible changes will start to happen.  We are making plans for a short period, approximately the first two weeks of March, when the system will have to be shut down.


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January 9, 2024 – The Beginning is Near!

Welcome to the inaugural entry of the new Temple Renovation Blog.  The Facilities Committee is thrilled to announce that the Temple Renovation is set to begin on January 15.  We have been working long and hard on the plan to rebuild the Social Hall following the 2021 flood but, first, we’re going to revamp the old inefficient, noisy, constantly-breaking steam heat system that has brought us so many big expenses and cold services over the past few years.  We are converting to a gas-powered hot water system should be fully operable by mid-March.

We expect our plans for the interior portion of the Social Hall renovation to be approved by the City in the next couple of weeks, enabling us to apply for building permits and then to get started on this major part of the project.  We’ve engaged specialized consultants and an attorney to make the approval and permitting process as seamless as possible.

In early February, we will appear before the Jersey City Historical Preservation

Commission to present our plans for the exterior work – canopies over the emergency exit areas on the Bentley and Harrison Ave. sides of the building and fencing under our Department of Homeland Security grant.

We will also repair the roof so that there are no more leaks and no more damage to our beautiful plaster work.  This will be done before we complete the Social Hall renovation.

This has been a long time coming but you are going to see real progress soon!


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January 2, 2024 – Here’s the Social Hall today…

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