We are very pleased to share the news that on November 30th, 2016 our president, Fred Levy, signed a contract with Hamilton Construction to move forward with Project Aliyah, our long awaited accessibility project. Construction is planned to begin in March 2017, and include installing an elevator and a fire suppression system in the building. We are still fundraising to bridge the gap between our current funds and the total amount of the project.
"Let our sanctuary be like Abraham's tent open to all directions. Let our community be like Abraham - opening doors to all." - Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz
The Vision: To embrace and meet the accessibility needs of our congregation, now and for the future. Project Aliyah reflects Temple B'nai Brith's longstanding commitment to the ideals of an egalitarian community, one that is open and welcoming to Jews of all backgrounds and to the broader community of which we are a part.
The Goal: To raise funds for building improvements and repairs to make Temple B'nai Brith's beloved and historic synagogue fully accessible for those with mobility impairments, and to address vital concerns of comfort and safety.
In 2001, as she studied for her Bat Mitzvah celebration, 13-year-old Sara Chimene-Weiss realized that because of the synagogue's lack of accessibility, her cherished great-grandmother would not be able to attend services.
Thanks to early contributors who donated generously at all levels of giving, the first phase of our Project Aliyah accessibility campaign has been successfully completed.
Achievements so far:
Achievements so far:
- In 2016, TBB signed a contract with Hamilton Construction to move forward with our accessibility project, including installing an elevator and a fire suppression system. Construction is planned to begin in March 2017.
- In 2015, TBB was awarded a generous Community Preservation Act grant from the City of Somerville to install an elevator and improve our fire safety system, an exciting and critical element in our goal to make all areas of the synagogue accessible to all.
- In 2014, we jump-started our accessibility efforts with a new, more affordable plan to place an elevator in an existing synagogue stairwell.
- Completed renovations and updates in synagogue restrooms
- Starting in 2002, we established the necessary organizational structure to explore all options and carry out the work of an accessibility campaign, key steps that enabled us to attract early donors to support the first phase of the accessibility plan, as well as to raise awareness of accessibility within our congregation.
- Construction on the new elevator and fire protection system is expected to begin in 2017 and to be completed in time for the High Holidays in 2017.
- There are many ways to help achieve the goals of Project Aliyah. Your contribution, in any amount, will help carry Project Aliyah to its next phase. For other ways to help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.