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Outdoor Chapel and Playground: Connecting to Nature

We are excited to announce some significant enhancements to Temple Sinai’s campus. Thanks to the generosity of Sinai member Lonnie Cooper, we will soon be breaking ground on a spectacular outdoor chapel, a space that will seamlessly integrate our shared quest for spirituality with nature and the stunning backdrop of Temple Sinai’s beautiful grounds and acreage.

Under the leadership of Cathy Gottlieb, Jon Barry, and Jack Feldman, our new outdoor chapel will be conveniently located as an extension of our current courtyard, which was added to Sinai’s campus in 2004 thanks to the generous support of the Berman and Genz families. The chapel will be fully ADA-compliant and accommodate flexible seating for up to 240 attendees, offering an incredible setting for worship services, educational and youth experiences, social programs and receptions, life cycle celebrations, and much more. Some of the planned features for the chapel include large cantilevered mobile shades for sun protection, a state-of-the-art sound system, live-streaming capabilities, striking aesthetics, and lighting for evening events.

In addition to the outdoor chapel, we are also excited to announce plans for a fabulous new playground, to be known as the Mercaz (The Center). With the vision and direction of Marisa Kaiser and Jamah Maman, the Mercaz will be an ADA-compliant, natural learning space that encourages creative play, community building, personal growth, and Jewish learning in an inspiring outdoor environment. Students will be able to explore nature-inspired climbing structures, discover hidden forts, put their imagination to work onstage, cruise around a racetrack, and even experiment with water elements. Additionally, the Mercaz will include a new enclosed space for infants and toddlers - The Gan (The Garden) – in which to safely explore as well as develop and nurture foundational motor skills. Temple Sinai past president Warren Zindler is assisting the leadership team with the oversight of all playground-related issues.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We know that there are questions about this project and we have answered many in our FAQ sheet here

Renderings
To view renderings of the project, take a look below or click here for a full set of renderings. 

Construction Photos
Visit our Facebook album for photos of our progress!

Outdoor Chapel 

 

Playground

 

Sun, February 28 2021 16 Adar 5781