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They’re Baaaack!

After a hiatus of over eight months, the massive concrete wall sections that are a part of the 1937 section of our campus safely returned home this past week.  In an aptly named process called “panelization” (described to you in these Renewal Updates last winter) these panels were surgically removed by our contractor in order to protect them from potential damage as demolition work for Phase 1 of our Renewal Project ramped up. The panels were cut and loaded on large, flatbed trucks and taken to an off-site storage facility north of the GTA.

Last week, the entire process was reversed. The panels were loaded back on the trucks and over a three-day period they were returned to our location, hoisted in place by a massive crane and safely secured where it is expected that they will remain for decades to come.

And friends, this process truly has to be seen to be believed. You can view photos of this endeavour below, as well as a brief video of some of the most dramatic parts of the exercise by clicking this link.

Now that these historical panels are back in place and the structural steel has been erected, we’ll soon see the roof sections added to what will become our gorgeous new Atrium. The remaining floor sections will be poured in the next week or two and then the crew can begin the finer work putting interior walls in their places.

As a reminder, Phase 1 of our project includes our Central Atrium, brand new Family Chapel, Café, Youth Lounge, Judaica Shop, Library, and more … all in a LEED Silver Certified, environmentally-friendly building.

And now, three more exciting pieces of news:

First, just last night, at the start of our Musical Heritage Chanukah concert, we formally dedicated the cornerstone of our new building. More on this in our next edition, but click here for some early photos of this milestone event.

Second, we want you to be the first to know that we achieved a major fundraising milestone this week, surpassing $5 million in new pledges raised in 2017 for our Renewal Project. We have such amazing momentum at this Aleinu moment in the life of our congregation! Renewal is truly upon us, as we strive to fully fund Phase 1 of our Project before construction is complete this summer.  Again, more fundraising news to come in forthcoming articles!

And, finally, coming in our next Renewal Update, we’ll have the 2nd installment of our construction video tour series, guided by Cary Solomon, Chair of our Renewal Project Building Committee. A lot has changed on-site since we last took you on a video tour back in June, and this is a good chance to see our progress, with a helpful explanation of what’s already been done and what more we can look forward to over the coming months.

Thank you, as always, for your continued readership, viewership and support (financial and otherwise) of our Renewal Project. And Happy Chanukah to all!

To discuss your own Renewal commitment, please contact our Director of Development, Jonathan Ain at [email protected] or 416.789.3291 ext. 249.

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