2017-09-13 / Voice at the Shore

Shirat Hayam building will hold Conservative and Reform High Holiday services

By ELLEN WEISMAN STRENGER
Voice shore editor


Shirat Hayam co-president Marc Needleman (at left), formerly of Emeth Shalom, assists the craftsman installing Emeth Shalom’s stained-glass window into Shirat Hayam’s new Reform worship area. Shirat Hayam co-president Marc Needleman (at left), formerly of Emeth Shalom, assists the craftsman installing Emeth Shalom’s stained-glass window into Shirat Hayam’s new Reform worship area. Call it a beautiful beginning. The majestic stained glass windows from the former Temple Emeth Shalom building in Margate were recently installed into their new home at Shirat Hayam, in a space that was previously the chapel area of the former Beth Judah building. This area is being converted into “a modified recreation of the Emeth Shalom sanctuary,” that will be expandable for the High Holidays and other occasions, said Shirat Hayam’s Conservative Rabbi Jonathan Kremer.

Shirat Hayam, a blended Reform-Conservative congregation formed last year by the merger of Congregation Beth Judah and Temple Emeth Shalom, will be holding both Conservative and Reform High Holiday services this year for the first time in its Ventnor building. Last year, Reform congregants returned to the Emeth Shalom building for High Holiday services. Since then, however, that building has been sold and torn down.

Plans for creating a Reform sanctuary within the Ventnor building have been underway since the merger began, said Shirat Hayam co-president Marc Needleman, formerly of Emeth Shalom. Synagogue leaders have been working with an architect since the merger began on plans to install elements of Emeth Shalom’s former sanctuary into the space and to enlarge it.

The installation of the stained glass, which had to be trimmed to fit the space, represents “just one area of completion,” said Needleman. Still, he added, “It’s an accomplishment and everyone is excited about it.”

Ark doors from the former Emeth Shalom are also scheduled to be installed, along with the eternal light from the former building, noted Needleman. An interior decorator has also been hired to complete the room. 

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