In 2019, the Jonas Family, owners of the property directly to the east of Temple Isaiah agreed to sell it to the Temple. The property is about 4,750 square feet in land area with two existing structures. The front building is approximately 1,000 sq. ft. The rear building is two stories and is about 1,500 sq. ft. There is an interior courtyard which originally featured a small pool.
After convening a vision/use committee and holding a series of community meetings, the Board of Trustees concluded that the highest and best use for the property would primarily be flexible, multipurpose, ‘living-room’ adult meeting spaces. This use will enhance our ability to be the community’s “home at the intersection of innovation and tradition,” furthering Rabbi Dara’s vision for Temple Isaiah. A team of congregants donated hundreds of hours of their professional expertise to create space that up until now didn’t exist for congregants to gather in ways that are meaningful and that foster deeper relationships in a safe, post-Covid environment. Whether for Torah study, social justice, book clubs, or support groups, the Joan and Ephraim Sales Community Center will be a place where small groups of Isaians can support, uplift, learn from, and celebrate with each other.
We are thankful to Joan & Ephraim Sales (z'l) and their family whose generosity made the refurbishment of the property a reality and Sherrie Zacharius and David O. Levine whose major gift contributed to the project and for whom the patio will be named.