Timing is everything
We continue to make rapid progress on the largest transformational synagogue building project in Canadian history.
If you visit our site (and we encourage you to drop by at any time to see the magnitude of the project for yourself) you’ll observe Pomerleau, our general contractor, and scores of tradespeople working to get most of our Phase 1 construction spaces ready for access during the coming High Holy Days.
For just a taste of what’s happening on site, click on the video of the installation of the last section of our glass panelled “curtain wall,” framing our new main entrance on the Ava Road side of the campus.
Here’s what we’re aiming for by Rosh Hashanah:
We WILL have access to most of our renewed spaces, including our brand new Central Atrium. This means we’ll have the excitement and anticipation of exploring our own renovation as it comes to life. We’ll be able to travel from the Main Sanctuary through the Atrium to the Philip Smith Hall (and its new foyer), as well as the rest of the school wing, including the boardroom, the activity room, and the current Youth Chapel. And access to the Atrium means we’ll be able to explore most other parts of the new construction, including our new Family Chapel (in the space that previously housed the Eisendrath Auditorium). Following the High Holy Days, Pomerleau will reoccupy these new spaces and finish off the construction for a period of about six to eight weeks.
So keep watching this space. We’ll keep you updated on our progress all summer long. And also watch for an announcement soon, about an exciting Grand Opening Event planned for the first day of Chanukah in early December.
Updates to our fundraising and budget.
We’ve raised just under $28 million for Phase 1 – more than any congregation in Canadian history has raised for a synagogue capital project. Together, we’re creating a new Holy Blossom Temple for ourselves and future generations. That’s the true value of our fundraising charge of ALEINU – It is upon us … each of us can point individually to what we did to help accomplish our shared dream.
But there is more money to raise. As we mentioned in the last [email protected], our budget has recently been updated by the Board to $32.9 million, a 4% raise from our previous budget of $31.5 million. As you might expect of any project of this scope, this is the result of unforeseen site complications and some delays, plus greater than anticipated costs on a few different fronts along our path to Renewal.
Our (chutzpahdic) goal is to have Phase 1 as fully funded as possible by the High Holy Days – fitting in the season of Renewal. We thank all of our generous current donors from the bottom of our hearts. Please know that our canvassers are currently engaged in active meetings and discussions with dozens of Temple families who are ready to join our ever-growing list of contributors. If you are ready to begin your own conversation about making a meaningful contribution to our Renewal Project, please reach out to Jonathan Ain, our Director of Development at 416-789-3291 (ext 249) or at [email protected]
As always, we thank you for your continued support (financial and otherwise) of our shared Renewal Project.