Temple Israel is launching an initiative to make our sanctuary more accessible. And it begins with congregants taking a look at some drawings made by member Casey Goldberg showing what the sanctuary might look like if we added a ramp going all the way to the bimah, and created an elevated space for the choir and people attending services in wheelchairs.
Some additional ideas generated when the drawings were shown to the Temple Israel Board are to raise the entire floor of the sanctuary so that it is the same level as in the social hall, put insulation under the sanctuary floor to keep it warmer in the winter, and keep the chairs we have now until we can afford new ones.
We’d like to keep the brainstorming of ideas for a redesigned sanctuary coming. The only firm commitment that has been made is that it’s time for the entire sanctuary to become accessible. So look at the drawings shown here or on display upstairs in the synagogue. Then let board members know what you think.