SKOLNICK was responsible for the master planning and complete architectural design of this 13,350 sq. ft. facility, which was built to replace an older structure which no longer met the needs of this growing congregation. The B’nai Yisrael project included a complete redesign of the site plan and architectural design for an expandable sanctuary, social hall, administrative offices, classrooms and library.
From nearly every vantage point within the building, the natural world remains in view as a constant reminder of the Earth and God’s creation. Three resonant forms define the building’s volumes and functions, each making reference to the history and values of Judaism. A canopy over the sanctuary evokes the nomadic origins of the Israelites. A wall differentiates the synagogue’s sacred and secular spaces. A round library suggests the centrality of study to Judaism. The project was the recipient of the 2001 AIA New York State Merit Award for design.