Proposed Multi-purpose Room
How our congregation will be enhanced In 2005, celebrating our 10th anniversary, Rabbi Gordon said, “As we continue to grow as a congregation, let us always remember that our most important mission is to add inspiration to people’s lives.”
Who we are Fifteen years after its founding, a thriving Sukkat Shalom remains dedicated to our traditions of inclusiveness and respect for diversity. We offer a full program of innovative family education, meaningful and creative worship and holiday observances. With this next step in our congregation’s lifecycle, we have the opportunity to establish long-range planning, to strengthen our programming and to create new ways to enhance our mission.
Congregation Sukkat Shalom
A Unique and Welcoming Community
Worship, celebration and gathering: - Shabbat, B’nai Mitzvot, sanctuary, and solace - Holiday gatherings: Passover Seder, Hanukkah dinner, Purim, Sukkot, onegs - Interfaith events - Retreats and groups - Social action programming
Site of the new building 1001 Central Ave (at 10th Street) Wilmette, IL 60091
Education: - Hebrew school - B’nai Mitzvah preparation - Lunch and Learn, guest scholars, adult learning - Choir meetings
Administration: - Centrally located in downtown Wilmette - Seating for 380 in sanctuary - Offices located in our own space - Warmth and flexibility for a multitude of uses - Handicap accessibility with ramps and elevators
Putting down roots On a chilly Rosh Hashanah in 1995 our founding members met at a local school as Sukkat Shalom for the first time. We were then, as we are now, an itinerant congregation. Currently we use six locations to accommodate our programming needs. And while inclusive partnerships with others fulfill our mission, there also continues to be a strong yearning for more stability and connectedness within Sukkat Shalom.
CONGREGATION SUKKAT SHALOM 444 SKOKIE BLVD • SUITE 300 WILMETTE 60091 847/ 251-‐2675 www.sukkatshalom.org
Purchasing and renovating the building at 10th and Central in Wilmette provides an opportunity for our own sacred space in which we can create our vision for the future.
As our parents planted for us, so do we plant for our children. -- Talmud Ta'anith, 23A
Proposed renovations Like our congregation the sanctuary is modest, unpretentious and welcoming – a warm and inviting home for Shabbat services, B’nai Mitzvot, weddings, memorial services and many other life passages that we want to observe or celebrate together. And while the commodious sanctuary seats 380 congregants, it offers a feeling of intimacy, too.
Hebrews 11:17 tells us that Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land because God directed him to have faith in a rain he had never seen. The wood-planked ceiling above the sanctuary is like Noah’s Ark and reminds us of what we can accomplish in the future with continuing faith in our vision. (Sam, do you want to riff here? Depak Jain of Kellogg – boat and longing the sea?) for