New Jewish center debuts in Easton
A community haven is now open in Talbot County.
For eight years The new synagogue for the Temple of B'nai Israel has been in the works and it's finally making its debut in Easton.
"The notion of accomplishment of acceptance of the embrace of the dream is profound, " says Rabbi Peter Hyman.
The vision for the center came about as members began looking for a better way to accommodate their needs.Needs in which Arna Meyer Mickelson, President of Temple B'nai Israel says couldn't be met in the old location.
"The old building was over 60 years old and it had accessibility problems. You had to go up the steps to get to the main floor and all the dinners and things done after services, you had to go down very steep stairs".
Over the course of planning and implementing the dream, $6,000,000 were raised to help in constructing the safe refuge.
A piece of the donations came from The Satell Center For Jewish Life. The rest came from congregants and a few gifts from locals.
Construction finished in April, 2018, and now members are welcoming the community with open arms.
"We hope people will have their weddings and they're concerts. You know, art festivals, whatever. We hope it is well used by the community," says Mickelson.
Rabbi Hyman also says, he plans on implementing one rule that will show how everyone is welcomed in the community."Its open. Its embracing. Its warm and there's a statement in the prayer book that says the synagogue is the house of God for all people".
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