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Facility Renovation Documents

DRAFT OVERVIEW: Construction items for interior and exterior renovation, proposed timeline, and other considerations

Draft Concept Plan

Click here or on the rendering below to view a collection of renderings first presented during the High Holy Days, 2018/5779. 

Design Input Sessions

The Draft Concept Plan and the Renderings will be reviewed and discussed at three Design Input Sessions:

Don't be left out - provide us with your ideas - Register here:
Thursday, Oct. 18 5:00 - 6:00 pm -    register here
Thursday, Oct. 18 6:30 - 7:30 pm -    register here

The September 29 Design Input Session had a great turn-out with strong representation from our young families. A summary of all questions and answers can be found here .

A few highlights from this past session:

Q: How many people can the new sanctuary seat?
A:  The current design allows for 220 comfortably. With the back wall fully
open, probably 300+, possibly a maximum of 400.

Q: Where will the new main entrance be located?
A: Entrances will be on Locust Street and from the parking lot. Both entrances are visible from the reception desk and weekday usage will predominantly be from the parking lot. Patio doors would not be designed
orsignedtobe exits as these don’t exit to the street for security and privacy. Emergency exit information will be posted in each classroom.

Why this webpage?

The purpose of this webpage is to keep members and friends of B'nai Havurah updated on activities surrounding our possible renovation.

The top sections will include the most recent update, in full.

The sections and links below this communication contacts past communications and other resources.

We will continue to update this page and ask for your patience as we develop this in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact our Facility Task Force Chair, Ben Honigman, honigmanb@gmail.com , 303-877-8973

Who is the Facility Task Force?

The Facility Task Force is comprised of a total of 16 members. Each member serves on one of four subgroups.

If you interested in getting involved as a volunteer on the Facility Task Force or have questions about the Task Force, please contact Becky Epstein at 303-388-4441 ext. 15 or exec@bnaihavurah.org.

If you would like to share specific comments or concerns about the building design, please contact Carla Sciaky, 720-255- 6108, cpsciaky@gmail.com.

If you would like to discuss the overall Facility process, have questions or concerns, please contact Facility Task Force Chair, Ben Honigman, 303-877-8973. honigmanb@gmail.com.

Click here to view a full list of our Facility Task Force members.
 

October 2018 Update from the Facility Task Force

October 2018

Dear Friends,

We want to extend a big welcome to the newest members of the Facility Task Force; Allan Wallis, Robert Kruger, Josh Dix, Ethan Waldman, Caroline Portis and Juliet Cleere-Lachman. We’re actively seeking more support for the Communications Sub-Group, contact Joanne at  joannescarbeary@hotmail.com.  Click here to view a full list of our Facility Task Force members.

Co-chairs of our Capital Campaign, Sharon Haber and Emily Roet continue to meet with individuals to discuss the vision and goals of our project. They have been gratified by the support received. As of today, we are pleased that 21 donors generously donated nearly $400,000! If you would like to talk about our Capital Campaign, please contact our campaign manager, Ray Merenstein at ray@rdmaction.com, 720-212-1123.

The September 29 Design Input Session had a great turn-out with strong representation from our young families. A summary of all questions and answers can be found here .

A few highlights from this past session:

Q: How many people can the new sanctuary seat?
A:  The current design allows for 220 comfortably. With the back wall fully
open, probably 300+, possibly a maximum of 400.

Q: Where will the new main entrance be located?
A: Entrances will be on Locust Street and from the parking lot. Both entrances are visible from the reception desk and weekday usage will predominantly be from the parking lot. Patio doors would not be designed or signed to be exits as these don’t exit to the street for security and privacy. Emergency exit information will be posted in each classroom.

SHARE YOUR VOICE at a Design Input Session


Thursday, Oct. 18 5:00-6:00 -  register here
Thursday, Oct. 18 6:30-7:30 -   register here  

Please familiarize yourself with the draft concept plan and several of the renderings prior to the Design Input Session.  Click here. These are the final scheduled input sessions. We want all members to feel heard and there will always be opportunities to provide input. Please feel free to voice your questions, comments, or concerns by contacting Carla Sciaky at cpsciaky@gmail.com or Ben at honigmanb@gmail.com.

If you would like to request or offer a ride to one of the two Design Input Sessions, please contact Becky at 303-388-4441 est. 15 or exec@bnaihavurah.org

Yours in Growth,

The Facility Task Force

P.S. Visit our Growing Where We're Planted webpage to stay up to date on facility news.

September 2018 Update from the Facility Task Force

September 11, 2018

Dear Friends,

The Facility Task Force has been gathering lead gifts from dedicated members of our community and preparing preliminary architectural drawings to share with the whole community at the High Holy Days. A big thanks to all who have contributed so generously. To date, we have lead gifts totaling more than $384,000 from 22 donors! Ray Merenstein of RDM Communications welcomes one-on-one meetings to discuss giving opportunities, as well as ways to be involved in the next phase of the capital campaign. Please contact Becky to discuss interest exec@bnaihavurah.org.

Opportunities to learn more during the High Holy Days:

  • Joanne Scarberry, a Board member and Facility Task Force member talked to 350 members and friends about B'nai's vision (and her hopes) at Rosh Hashanah services.
  • Also, on Rosh Hashanah, Tim Politis, our architect from One Line Studio and members of the Facility Task Force hosted a lobby display of beautiful renderings of the proposed remodel. A great many members and friends met Tim Politis and viewed the drawings. It was rewarding to see such great excitement and discussion during the lobby display. See photos below.
  • Our Facility Task Force will host the same display after services on Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19. Please stop by, view the renderings and meet members of our Facility Task Force!
  • Also after Yom Kippur, one of the three Yom Kippur Afternoon of Learning sessions will be offered by architect Tim Politis titled “Creating Sacred Space: The Art of Connecting People to Place” (September 19 at 1:30 pm). Registration is requested by clicking here.

Two additional classes will be offered on Yom Kippur afternoon:
- From the Wilderness, a Gift, Rabbi Evette Lutman (2:15 - 3:00 pm) register here.
-Exploring R’fuah Sh’leimah, Carla Sciaky (3:00 - 3:45 pm) register here .

  • We are pleased to offer three Design Input Sessions over the coming weeks. We encourage you to join us and share your thoughts about our proposed design with architect Tim Politis and the members of the Facility Task Force.

Registration for each of the Design Input Sessions is requested by clicking on the links, below, or by calling the office at 303-388-4441.

*Saturday, Sept. 29 10:15-11:15 - register here
Thursday, Oct. 18 5:00-6:00 - register here
Thursday, Oct. 18 6:30-7:30 - register here

.All sessions are offered at B’nai Havurah and open to B’nai Havurah members.

*Religious School/Shabbat B’Yachad (together) school day

As always, Board of Trustees meetings are open to all members in good standing. The Board will receive regular updates from the Facility Task Force on the design phase, capital campaign and other relevant matters. Upcoming board meetings are October 16 and November 28. As members of B’nai Havurah, the Facility Task Force is committed to providing regular monthly communication about this exciting transformation of our community.

Yours in Growth,

The Facility Task Force

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Members of B'nai Havurah gather to review and discuss architectural renderings on display in the lobby of Central Christian Church after Rosh Hashnah services. (September 10, 2018)

Dear Abby: A B'nai Facility Q & A Column

Column #1, March 2018

Dear Abby,

I was under the impression that there was active discussion with the Jewish Day School to build a B’nai facility on their land? What happened and why have we moved in this new direction instead?

Sincerely,

Wondering

Dear Wondering,

Great Question! The Facility Task Force spent many months (a score or more!) actively exploring the option to build at the Denver Jewish Day School site. After numerous unexpected challenges, lengthy delays in response from Arapahoe County, and the prospect of additional expenses (including the possible requirement to pay for another parking lot), the Board of Trustees voted to pursue the option of remodeling our current space.  In addition to our perceived lack of urgency from the Day School, another primary concern was that we were losing momentum for the project and the enthusiasm of our membership. We hope that revamping this building will allow us to better “live our values” social, fiscal and environmental, all while ensuring a sustainable community in the short and long term. We intend to Grow Where We’ve Been Planted and enable this space to enliven our entire congregation.

In Growth,

Abby

To submit a question to the Facility Task Force for Dear Abby's response, please email DearAbbyFTF@outlook.com

Fri, December 14 2018 6 Tevet 5779