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January 7, 2014 > Temple Beth Torah invites community to view sanctuary remodel

Temple Beth Torah invites community to view sanctuary remodel

Submitted By Temple Beth Torah

Temple Beth Torah of Fremont, the only Jewish synagogue in Southern Alameda County, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. To mark that milestone, the temple began a campaign to fund a dramatic remodel of its sanctuary, the first in more than three decades.

With the projectÕs recent completion, a rededication event has been planned for Saturday, Jan.11, at 7 p.m. The evening will include ÒhavdallahÓ (a Sabbath ceremony), and a cocktail party with hors dÕoeuvres, dessert, wine, beer and coffee. There is no cost to attend the event and all community adults are welcome. Cocktail attire is suggested.

Ways and Means Chairman, Elliot Broadwin, explains, ÒThe sanctuary, designed in 1978 was in desperate need of renovation. Our congregation pulled together to enable an amazing transformation. The new sanctuary combines the best of the old and new worlds, featuring Jerusalem stone quarried in Israel alongside the latest in energy efficient LED lighting. The warm spiritual environment will be enjoyed by our community for many years to come.Ó

The following morning on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a celebration more appropriate for children. A light, breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, juice and coffee will be served, courtesy of the Brotherhood group and the event is open to the entire Tri-Cities community. There will be a congregational celebration of prayers and songs.

Rabbi Avi Schulman adds, ÒWhen a sanctuary ceases to engage our senses, and instead becomes drab, it dulls our spiritual focus. What an amazing accomplishment by our Beautification Committee and the members of our congregation. On January 11 and 12, we will celebrate the transformation of our sanctuary and social hall. This truly is a time for rejoicing in our congregation. Exodus 25.8 challenges us to Òmake Me a sanctuary so that I may dwell among them.Ó As our ancestors before, I believe we have fulfilled this commandment and made a sacred space for God to dwell within us.Ó

Temple Beth Torah Rededication
Saturday, Jan. 11
7 p.m.
(Adults only for evening event)
Open to the community and free of charge
Cocktail attire suggested

Sunday, Jan. 12
9:30 a.m.
ChildrenÕs event, light breakfast
Open to the community and free of charge

42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont
(510) 656-7141

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