A 100-year old synagogue in downtown Detroit is getting a $5 million renovation, which will transform the building and upgrade its space into a more accessible format, the Detroit Jewish News reported.
Construction on the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (IADS) started this month in honor of the synagogue’s historic 100th anniversary, with all parts of the historic building under renovation.
Rather than a brick walled edifice, once complete the new building will have floor-to-ceiling glass windows and an elevator that meets the accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The sanctuary, social hall and kitchen will also be receiving upgrades. A space for children will also be constructed.
“The Downtown Synagogue is grateful to all those who have helped sustain us for the past 100 years, and we’re excited to continue to be a part of Jewish Detroit for the next 100. We are thrilled to be able to be even more welcoming, accessible, intergenerational and committed to Jewish values and education in this next chapter,” IADS Board President Samantha Woll told the Jewish News.
The fundraising campaign for the renovation project included a $350,000 donation from the William Davidson Foundation, and the synagogue expects to raise another $230,000 to meet their goal.
“The Reimagining the Downtown Synagogue campaign is about envisioning a space that serves the diverse needs of the burgeoning Jewish Detroit population and — at the same time — serves as a hub for the broader Jewish community that’s keen on reengaging the city,” said Vadim Avshalumov, the co-chair of the Building Renovation Committee told the Jewish News.
The renovated synagogue is expected to open in February 2023.