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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Home Purchased!

Remarks taken from Sherry Z. Frank, President 

We have reached another milestone, a true Shehechayanu moment.  On Tuesday, October 28, 2010 we became the proud owners of the property on Trowbridge Road where we will build our future home.

There is no way to adequately thank Mark Hackner for finding and securing this property for us, to Steve Wertheim for working on the very favorable financial arrangements and to Andy Kauss for the long months and countless hours of attention to all the legal issues that were associated with this purchase. They were joined by other dedicated members who have all been instrumental in bringing us to this point.  We are indeed blessed with dedicated and talented leaders who have given tirelessly to make this dream of owning our own home a reality.

Thank you to the Abby Friedman and Harry Heiman and Melinda and Steve Wertheim for the wonderful leadership as we quietly launched our Capital Campaign over the summer.  Thank you to Lynn Epstein and Ken Stein and Stephanie and Jeff Kupor who have assembled a terrific team as they lead the way for our General Campaign.  Thank you to everyone for the extraordinary work you all have done and are continuing to do to make Congregation Or Hadash a truly inspiring, learning and caring community.

This is truly our most exciting chapter and we want everyone to be a part of this moment in the history of our congregation.

Meet the Architects

Brian Bell, AIA received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he was a John E. Thayer Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to founding BLDGS, Brian taught and trained in Seattle, Rome, Boston, and Atlanta, concluding as a Senior Project Architect with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. Brian is currently the Millkey Visiting Professor of Architectural Practice at the Georgia Tech's College of Architecture.

David Yocum, AIA received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College with majors in History and Studio Art, where he was awarded a James B. Reynolds Fellowship. Prior to founding BLDGS, David was a Senior Project Architect with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta. David is currently the Millkey Visiting Professor of Architectural Practice at the Georgia Tech's College of Architecture.

For more information about Brian and David and to see a portfolio of past and current work, please visit the BLDGS website at: http://bldgs.org.

A New Home for Congregation Or Hadash

At the corner of Roswell and Trowbridge Roads, our new home is less than 2 miles from The Weber School. We plan to renovate the site's existing 24,000 square foot building to meet our shul's current and future needs with an architecture that reflects the spirit of Or Hadash. It will be a place of light, designed for our growing congregation to use and enjoy every day of the week. Our new home will include:
-  A light-filled sanctuary with seating for over 400.

-  A nearby social hall with event seating for 350 guests and adjacent kosher kitchens.

-  An open, well-lighted foyer that captures the warmth and spirituality of Congregation Or Hadash.

-  Classrooms for religious school and adult education.

-  Administrative space for the rabbis, staff and a synagogue library. 

    Where We've Been

    Founded in 2003, COH has brought anew light to the north Atlanta suburb.  It offered a new way to worship, a deeply moving spiritual experience. 

    Starting with about 50 founding members, we quickly grew to have over 300 people attend our very first Servicio de Shabbat (Friday night service) at our initial home, the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church.  We held our High Holiday services and Bar and Bat-Mitzvahs at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy.

    In just four years, membership grew to over 300 and Congregation Or Hadash built its own sanctuary within the Weber School. High Holiday services were held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center for the first time in 2008 to meet the need of our nearly 1,000 members and extended families. Our diverse membership includes families from throughout the U. S. and around the world bringing an international curiosity and commitment to learning and social justice. 

    Today our congregation proudly boasts a membership of 368 units, a thriving religious school, exceptional Tikkun Olam opportunities, diverse adult education programs and family activities, and music and study to elevate our prayer services. 

    Now it is our turn to do something extraordinary for our synagogue.  It's our time to invest in the future as we purchase and renovate the facility that will become Congregation Or Hadash's first permanent home.

    It's our Time to Shine...Join us on this Journey.