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Yom Sheini, 4 Sivan 5777
  • Outside the Sanctuary

    Outside the Sanctuary

    Holocaust Chanukkiah The Chanukkiah we use in our synagogue is a copy of an actual Menorah constructed of nails in one the camps by Edwin Thieburger, a Holocaust survivor. He was the father of Renee Spector, z’l, an early member. The White House also has a copy of this Chanukkiah. Read More
  •  Entering the Sanctuary

    Entering the Sanctuary

    Over both sides of the entrance/exit doors of the Sanctuary and Social Hall, is the quote in Hebrew, from Deuteronomy 28:6 “May you be blessed upon entering” (on the hallway side), and “May you be blessed on leaving” (on the Sanctuary/Social Hall side). Read More
  • Memorials


    Memorial Wall The memorial lighted boxes for the yahrzeits of the week were part of the original design of the Sanctuary, dating from the early days of Shaari Emeth, in the late 1960s. The metal sculpture on the memorial wall is also from the original design. The flame sculpture is to remind us of the Biblical Tabernacle flame. This “flame” motif is continued on several other metal sculptures in the sanctuary, such as the candelabra we light on Shabbat, and the Ner Tamid, the Eternal Light. Read More
  • Tapestries and Windows

    Tapestries and Windows

    Tapestries Weaver Phyllis Kantor created tapestries, including curtains for the original Ark and the covers that protect and decorate the bema and lectern in the front of the Sanctuary. The colors chosen were blue, purple and crimson, which are the colors specified in Exodus for use in the building of the Tabernacle. The tapestries include her signature motif of a repeating Menorah pattern. The Stained Glass Windows The stained glass windows are described here from the front of the Sanctuary to the rear of the Social Hall. Read More
  • The Ark

    The Ark

    Ark The first Ark, in the early 70’s, was a homemade wooden box and Rabbi Schechter contributed a tie dyed curtain from a leading Sixties Greenwich Village tie dyer to cover it. The original permanent Ark was donated by the Senior Youth Group. Funds were generated by the sale of a recording they produced of a rock-style Shabbat service they had created. The original dedicatory plaque is still inside and reads; “From the Youth Group in honor of the Eleven Israeli Athletes murdered at the Berlin Olympics 1973.” The Youth Group members witnessed this horrific event in 1972 as they Read More
  • The Bema

    The Bema

    The wall inscriptions on the left and right of the Ark were drawn by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, in the early Seventies at Rabbi Schechter’s request. The commission was only $50.00. Rabbi Kushner is now renowned for his books on Jewish mysticism and Hebrew calligraphy. The inscriptions were drawn in distinctive Torah script. Rabbi Kushner also designed our Temple Shaari Emeth logo. Read More
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