Monday, September 12, 2016

Cleveland Temple Enters a New Era of Jewish History

By Ed Wittenberg
Silver-domed Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, Ohio
OHIO---Shortly after the death of his brother, Jack, in May 2011, Morton Mandel approached Rabbi Richard A. Block, senior rabbi of The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, with a question that would ultimately have a profound impact on the temple’s future.  That set the wheels in motion for temple leaders to determine how much money would be needed to renovate The Temple at 26000 Shaker Blvd. and its Ganon Gil Preschool, to realize their vision for the future. Eighteen months later, the project is almost completed, at an estimated cost of $24.5 million, and a dedication ceremony is planned at The Temple. [link]

The interior of the new chapel features 12 stained glass windows and movable seating for 250 to 300 people. CJN Photo / Lillian Messner

These stained-glass windows in the temple lobby just outside the new chapel depict three decorated warriors of Israel – from left, Gideon, Samson and Judah Maccabi. CJN Photo / Lillian Messner