Is the building expansion for future growth or for us now?

While the new spaces will help us in the future, we need the room NOW, to accommodate the demands of our current 1,700-family congregation. Our congregation has nearly doubled in size since our last renovation.

When will we break ground? When will the new spaces be ready?

We broke ground in early 2019. Construction will take 18 months to complete, if all goes smoothly.

How will the expansion improve my experience at TRS?

Great question! It depends on what you seek in your Temple Rodef Shalom experience.

If you are looking for a more intimate space for lifecycle events, contemplative worship, Bo’i Shabbat, and Parallel Shabbat services, our new smaller sanctuary will provide an alternative to our existing Sanctuary. If you find it difficult to book meeting space or find a place to sit and have a chat at TRS, our new meeting rooms and social spaces will alleviate crowding and create more opportunities for volunteer work, gatherings and conversations. If you have trouble parking at TRS, new parking spaces and bicycle parking will help reduce congestion. Your children will have additional and improved spaces to be together and further develop their Jewish identity. We will also be making accessibility improvements for easy wheelchair access, adding additional security features, and increasing the utility of our existing space with new storage areas and soundproofing.

Want to know more? Take a look at our case for support.

How will we pay for the building expansion and renovation?

We have raised over $16 million with generous gifts from our current members through a Capital Campaign which will finance the cost of construction.

What about the Trees?

Several trees were taken down to make room for additional parking lot. The trees will be replaced in greater numbers with native species. There will also be many understory and other plantings added.