For­mer syn­a­gogue build­ing for sale

Sunday Star - - D BUSINESS - By RICHARD POLK rpolk@ches­

— 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.

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