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From Our President – Building Working Group

I hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful spring weather and is looking forward to the summer. Taking a look back at the winter, you will recall that the building sustained some damage during the incredible cold spell that we experienced just after New Year’s Day. The good news, as most of you have likely seen, is that the walls have been put back together and painted, and the carpets have been cleaned. Overall, the interior of the building looks spruced up. Thankfully, the damage was confined to areas outside of the sanctuary where we have our beautiful wood paneling, Torahs, and other religious assets, sound system, prayer books, etc.

We are happy that the flooded areas are repaired and refreshed, but we also realize that we need to take a look at the condition of the building and some of our long-term maintenance needs. While the walls were still open, two of our Congregants, Lee Kaufman and Daniel Mahr, reached out to us to offer their expertise, support, and time to ensure we were not just addressing the immediate repairs but also the infrastructure issues that caused the pipes to freeze and burst so that it does not happen again.

We are forming a building committee that will be led by Lee Kaufman. The goal of the committee is to:

  • Address the immediate building needs to ensure we don’t have another January freeze incident or something similar.•
  • Implement proper maintenance plans for our HVAC, safety, and other systems in the building.
  • Forecast and plan for building-related expenses (e.g. what is the expected life of our AC systems?)•
  • Address energy efficiency to manage our costs.

If you are interested in volunteering to work on the Building Committee or if you have expertise that would be valuable, please reach out to me or Steve Winer and we can connect you with Lee.

As many of you may know, the temple actually comprises two buildings: the original building where the Social Hall and ground floor religious school are, and the new building that begins at the administrative offices and ends at the Sanctuary. They were constructed in 1987 and 1999 respectively. Neither has undergone any significant renovations since construction. We have recently formed some working groups to look at plans for the older spaces that range from face-lifts to full renovations. If you are interested in being a part of those discussions or related volunteer opportunities, please let Steve or me know.

L’shalom, Rob Blumberg

Sun, July 22 2018 10 Av 5778