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Phase 1 is OPEN!

After 18 years of talking, planning, designing, re-designing, engaging, fundraising and constructing … the day has finally come. Our Atrium and the rest of our beautiful new and renewed Phase 1 spaces are now officially open.

So, if you haven’t already had a chance to see our inspiring new spaces by attending Shabbat services or one of our recent Sunday piano concerts in the Atrium or the inaugural Luke Sklar Mental Health Initiative lecture in the Mishkan, please come by soon and see for yourself!. The incredible, light-filled Schwartz/Reisman Atrium – the living room of our new Holy Blossom Temple, connecting all aspects of Temple life. The new Mishkan/Family Chapel, a gorgeous new multi-purpose space where we can hold services, lectures and Simchas! Or just drop by and grab a comfortable spot in any one of a number of pleasing nooks and contemplative spaces, and get some work done. And then there’s our green Living Wall, a literal testament to our promise that Life Can Blossom Here.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be in the process of moving our people and things into their new spaces. And of course, ironing out the kinks and putting the final finishing touches on every inch of the place. But again, we are OPEN!

Friends, we have built what we dreamed we would build. It is wonderful that we are realizing our vision. And even more wonderful that we are realizing it, together.

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  • Michael Greenstein
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    On Friday at 6 o’clock I enter the Mishkan with a copy of Heine’s poem, “Princess Sabbath”(1840s). The poem introduces a flute; the flute in the Nginah Band greets us. Heine repeats “enchantment,” which derives from the French “chanter” — to sing. We sing, and the melodies reach the folds in the ceiling where lambent rays from various directions highlight the music. Meanwhile, the trees across Bathurst prepare to blossom and filter the twilight.

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