Former synagogue building for sale
— This year, high holy days like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were observed at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. But next year plans are to have these high holy days celebrated in the new synagogue under construction on Easton Parkway.
“We’ve had a lovely relationship with St. Mark’s,” Rabbi Peter Hyman said in a recent interview. “They’ve been ver y gracious and kind.”
“You sort of feel like you’re helping them give birth to a child,” said Rev. Missy Rekitzke, pastor of St. Mark’s UMC. “Like we’re helping them make a dream come true. We feel part of the process.”
“For us, it’s been a real joy to be able to offer (the congregation) the space they need,” Rekitzke said. “They’ve been wonderful. We’ve learned a lot from them.”
Now, it has been announced that the Temple B’Nai Israel building on West Earle Avenue is up for sale by the SVNMiller commercial real estate firm. The asking price for the former temple is $700,000. It sits on 54 acres of land and is zoned residential.
The realty firm lists possible uses as a daycare facility, apartment building, school group home, house of worship, general/medical office or a conference center.
Construction for the new 9,400-square-foot synagogue and Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore began officially with a June 4 groundbreaking ceremony.
Hyman is planning on a formal consecration of the sanctuary and dedication of the building in June 2018. “It will mark a major event in the life of the Jewish community and the larger community as well,” Hyman said.
Willow Construction of Easton is building the new temple, located at the corner of Tristan Drive and Easton Parkway in Easton.
For the occasion, members of the congregation will march the Torah scrolls from the old building at 101 West Earle Ave. to the new temple at Tristan Drive and Easton Parkway, a journey of nearly two miles.
“It will be a first for everybody in the congregation,” Hyman said. The synagogue was founded in 1951 and has more than 200 members.
On the new building, a Vshaped, raised roof “monitor” that soars above the clear story on the east side of the building is being completed. It shelters the portion of the sanctuary that houses the ark and toward which the congregation faces during worship.
The high window beneath the monitor will be tinted with a decorative film in shades of blue and white signifying the sky and the heavens, project architect George Fowler said. He’s with Levin/Brown Architects in Baltimore which specializes in liturgical building design.
Principal architect for the project is Jay Brown with Levin/Brown Architects.
For sale of the previous temple, Jarry Jakoby at 410279-9145 is listed as contact person.
This architectural rendering shows what the completed Temple B’nai Israel and Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore will look like from Easton Parkway when it is completed next spring.
The former Temple B’nai Israel is up for sale by SVNMiller commercial real estate.