The great stairs on the front and back of the building are used on Shabbat and for special holidays and events.
During work days use the ground floor entrances.
The Office Door
To the left of the big stairs on the Granby Street side, the Temple Office is accessible Monday through Thursday from 9 till 5 Monday, and 9 till 3 on Fridays. A buzzer will alert staff to let you in.
The Minyan Room Entrance
The minyan room door is sequestered behind the brick trellis to the right of the big stairs on the Granby Street side. It is open for 7:30 a.m. morning services, except on Shabbat when services begin at 9:30 and on Sunday when minyan begins at 9 a.m. Evening Minyan on weekdays begins at 5:30, and on Shabbat, its time is determined by the time of sunset. A ramp from the sidewalk makes it wheel-chair accessible, and this is also the best entry route to the sanctuary for those in wheelchairs.
The Education Wing Entrance
On Warren Street, at the left-hand (south) end of the building, is the entry to Education Wing. It also offers the shortest route to the upstairs kitchen for those delivering food. A buzzer to the left of the door will alert staff to buzz you in.
The Sandler Hall Entrance
To the right of the great back stairs is a sidewalk leading down to a lower-level entry door. This gives access to Sandler Hall and the dairy kitchen. A buzzer to the left of the door will alert staff to buzz you in.
Refurbished in 1995, the Sanctuary is home to Shabbat and holiday worship services and to varied musical and educational programs. Seating 500 downstairs, it has a balcony that seats 150 more.
The Hyman Swartz Library houses nearly three thousand books on Jewish topics, including books on loan, reference books and children’s books, which are placed on the lower shelves. The room is often used also for meetings and for classes.
Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium, Sandler Social Hall, and Brody Auditorium
Temple Israel has three different rooms for social events, dinners, parties, and other sorts of gatherings. Downstairs, cozy Sandler Hall seats 125 in a carpeted room, near the dairy kitchen. The elegant glass-walled Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium can seat 250. It is accessible via wheelchair lift from the Minyan Room entrance and the sanctuary as well as from the business door entrance. Upstairs, Brody Auditorium seats 300. It has a small stage, an excellent speaker system. This room is adjacent to the meat kitchen. It is accessible by wheelchair lift from both the Sanctuary / Minyan Room entrance and from the office entrance.