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A Home of Our Own
In February 1977, CBST moved into a loft on Bethune Street. For the past thirty-seven years, we've made the loft our spiritual home. But as our community continued to grow, the space couldn't accommodate our growing needs. We've been actively searching for a new home for more than a decade, and we've finally found a beautiful space that meets our needs.
On March 30, 2011, CBST members voted to approve the purchase of a new home at 130 West 30th Street; on July 18, 2013, CBST's Board of Directors voted unanimously to proceed with construction; and on February 5, 2014, ground was officially and ritually broken on our New Home.
Now, in 2014, demolition is proceeding swiftly. The upper and lower levels are almost completely opened up and the concrete on the existing mezzanine has been removed. So far, no unwelcome surprises. Our structural engineer is meeting with the site team to strategize the removal of the steel structure of the mezzanine. The last big piece of demolition will be the back wall of the future sanctuary. We are hoping to get some video footage of that to share.
The sanctuary seating designs have been fine tuned and forwarded to the furniture maker for construction of a prototype we can test for comfort. Our sanctuary seating will be completely custom for our space. The pews will appear substantial and permanent, but can be easily lifted by two people, stacked on carts and rolled into storage so that we can use the sanctuary for dinners and dances. The English designer, Luke Hughes Pews (not kidding) has designed removable seating for spaces small and enormous in British libraries, theaters, schools, churches and universities. We are their first synagogue and largest American project. The seating will be manufactured in upstate New York. - Aari Ludvigsen
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