Please join in this open conversation about the physical renewal of Holy Blossom Temple building. As we embark on this new era for our congregation by renewing our building, we want as many voices as possible to contribute to the visioning.

One way we hope to collect your ideas is through online conversations, and there will be other opportunities to come as we go forward. What we need now that the schematic drawings are done (they can be found here), are more specific ideas for how our spaces feel and are used, as we enter the detailed design phase. The online conversation is meant to elicit your ideas about what our community needs now and in the future in these areas.

View of Gardens and New Ava Road Entry

View of Gardens and New Ava Road Entry

Just as a reminder, the footprint of the building itself, and location of major use spaces like the boardroom, sanctuary, etc. – are already set and constrained by cost, timing and other issues. Yet within these constraints, we have many options to make the space right for all of us. So we urge you to think ahead, think laterally, think about your children and even their children.

Of course we won’t be able to satisfy everyone or use everyone’s ideas. That is just the nature of the process. Please understand your ideas matter; please also understand we will do our utmost to balance all the ideas we hear, always keeping in mind the best interests of the Holy Blossom community as a whole.

Thanks in advance for joining the conversation!

As fellow members of the Holy Blossom community, we’re pleased to join you in this important conversation about the physical renewal of Holy Blossom Temple. Our commitment is to engage actively in this conversation with you – listening to your ideas and responding to your posts promptly – within 24 hours, where possible. We will forward specific clarifying questions to the Building Committee or to others, as needed. We hope you’ll join the conversation!

Renewal Project Engagement Committee

[one_half]Eric Beutel
Joan Garson, Chair
Eric Klein
Nancy Ruth
David Sadowski
[/one_half][one_half_last]Rob Simonsky
Brenda Spiegler
Cheryl Sylvester
Russ Joseph
Rabbi Yael Splansky
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All postings to the electronic suggestion box must be submitted in a member’s name and confirmed via email address provided. Please clearly state in your response if you would like your comment to be forwarded privately to the Renewal Project Engagement Committee or published on the website. Please keep all comments constructive and responsive to the question. All published comments are subject to existing moderation policies established for the website by Holy Blossom Temple.

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1. Look & Feel of the renewed Holy Blossom Temple building

Our initial listening to our Holy Blossom community via the Congregational Survey tells us that we are looking to create a renewed Holy Blossom Temple that is: “comfortable”, “conducive to bringing congregants together”, “family friendly”, “inspiring”, “environmentally friendly”.

Can you describe more fully what these attributes about the look and feel of the building mean to you? Are there any other look and feel aspects you can think of?

Please feel free to list adjectives, provide lengthier descriptions, send photos of spaces that capture the feel you are describing.

2. Programming within the renewed Holy Blossom Temple building

Many activities beyond worship and religious education for our children take place within our walls. The Congregational Survey has told us we’re most likely to use/attend lecture series, adult education, music and theatre, Simchas and other catered events.

What do these programs mean to our community? How can we create spaces that will support these (and other) types of activities?

What programs currently running should be housed within our building and how should the building accommodate them?

Are there any programs that we are not running that you would like to see, and how should the building accommodate them? For yourself, your children/grandchildren, your parents? What would bring you and your friends into our building more often?

Please feel free to list adjectives, provide lengthier descriptions, send photos of spaces that capture the feel you are describing.

3. Spaces within the renewed Holy Blossom Temple building

We want to explore the spaces that we might use, and the ways in which they could be used, in our renewed building.

We know from our congregational survey that worship spaces are by far the most likely to be used, followed by large and small social gathering spaces.

What spaces are needed (in addition to our main sanctuary and family chapel) to house worship? For our youth?

What spaces are needed for our social gatherings and how would we use them?

How should we best use our new central atrium? Beyond Simchas and community events, what could happen in the large social space?

What other spaces, beyond worship and social, should be housed within our building?

Please feel free to list adjectives, provide lengthier descriptions, send photos of spaces that capture the feel you are describing.

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Thank you and keep your eyes on this space: there will be more opportunities for engagement to come.