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.
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.
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.
The stained glass windows in Temple Israel sanctuary were created by Ascalon Studios. Each panel depicts a biblical passage or an event from Jewish history from Creation to the founding of the State of Israel.
Taken all together, the blue overtones and the wavelike shape of the tops of the panels give the impression of the walls of the sea that stood up on either side as Moses led his followers across the seabed toward a glorious future.
It is part of the design that congregants be able to look up and see the sky above the surface of the sea. Purchase of each panel was sponsored by an individual, family or several families whose names appear on plaques in the sanctuary.In the egalitarian spirit that Torah belongs to us all, Rabbi Panitz “gives” each bar or bat mitzvah student a window that has special relevance for that youngster.
Students don’t get to take the window home with them, but are invited to visit as often as possible.