KI’s fourth home combines practicality and beauty in a multi-purpose building, housing offices and meeting rooms, the Krauskopf and Rothschild Auditoriums, the Temple Judea Museum, the Meyer’s Library, a gift shop, a youth canteen, and a three-story school wing with thirty classrooms and a playground. The building is completely wheelchair accessible.
When entering from the parking lot, congregants and guests are welcomed by a Joseph Greenberg Jr. sculpture depicting one of the cornerstones of Judaism: the family. Two parents clasp arms, encircling the children between them. They face the synagogue, as if to indicate its importance in their lives.
The spacious marble main lobby, dedicated to KI’s fourth senior rabbi, William Fineshriber, houses portraits of the congregation’s senior rabbis and stained glass windows taken from the Broad Street Temple. Very different from the modern stained glass windows in the sanctuary and chapel, these windows recall and honor the congregation’s past.
Just off the lobby is the Neumann Chapel, which is used for small worship services and by the religious school. Two auditoriums, one named for KI benefactors Charles and Regina Rothschild, the other for Rabbi Krauskopf, each with its own kitchen, make it possible to host two large meetings or receptions simultaneously. Throughout the building, numerous paintings, sculptures, photos and drawings highlight KI’s appreciation of the arts.
KI’s main sanctuary is a majestic and awe-inspiring space that can accommodate over 850 worshippers in its usual configuration. Ten monumental stained glass windows by artist Jacob Landau light and adorn the space.
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