We honour our heritage as we restore the building to its more pristine beauty and sacredness, serving the existing needs of our community.
When Emanuel Synagogue was founded as the Temple Emanuel in 1938, its beautiful – now heritage building – provided a sacred space primarily for worship services.
Over the decades, we have expanded our engagement to include as many people as possible in the celebration of Judaism... a range of spiritual practices, a variety of educational programs, and an array of social and cultural events; all embedded within our creative and inclusive practice of Judaism.
At the same time, changes to the heritage building – such as the low overhanging balcony and the visible air conditioning ducts – have detracted from its original seamless beauty while creating a space not suitable for the dynamic and engaging community we are. The heritage building no longer does – but soon can – provide the multi-purpose space to reflect our multi-vocal and multi-focal Synagogue.