In 1951, 27 acres between 69th and 72nd and Cass Streets were purchased after the Park Avenue Temple was sold to St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church. With Louis Lipp as president, the congregation embarked on a $400,000 building fund drive.

In May 1953, Rabbi Sidney Brooks conducted the last service in the Park Avenue building. Operating from the Jewish Community Center for the next year, the congregation observed High Holy Day services at the Masonic Temple. 

Upon moving into the new Temple, building was $500,000.The Jewish Press described it as “contemporary in design and features traditional symbols in a modern motif … it has a sanctuary seating 300, a social hall seating 500, 11 classrooms and a kitchen.

Rental Policies and Fees

Reception
Milder Center……………………………..$200 
Friedman Social Hall…………………….$225 
Both………………………………………….$300 

Dinner or luncheon
Milder Center……………………………… $300 
Friedman Social Hall……………………..$350 
Both………………………………………….$400

Oneg Shabbat
No charge. WRJ-O supplies coffee, tea, powdered creamers, sugar and stock paper goods. You supply sweets and are responsible for filling trays Friday afternoon.

Brit, Baby Naming, Conversion Reception
Milder Center……………………………$100 

Family Dinner (Friday evening before or after services) 
Milder Center Only…………………….$125


Kitchen Rental Policy

Dishwashers
Any time dishes, glassware or utensils are used, you must contract for dishwashers through the Executive Director. No congregant is permitted to wash dishes, glasses or utensils.

Rental arrangements for the Sanctuary, Livingston Chapel and Friedman Social Hall must be made through the office. The Sanctuary seats 290 people; the Chapel seats 100. The Friedman Social Hall can accommodate 225 guests and the Milder Center can accommodate 80 guests. There is a no rental fee for the Sanctuary or Chapel, or the use of the chuppah. Current fee schedules are available in the office. All accounts must be current at the time of rental. Caterers must be pre-approved by the Temple and if they have not catered in the building before, must meet with the Executive Director in advance of the event. A custodian will be in the building during the event. If either the Sanctuary or Friedman Social Hall is being used for other purposes, access will be delayed until the rooms are cleaned and reset. These events are scheduled on the Temple calendar well in advance, so you will be informed when you discuss your dates with the Temple office. Please contact Executive Director Dennis DePorte to rent any section of our facility.

 

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