CONGREGATION RODEPH SHOLOM NEW YORK, NY
The original Rodeph Sholom synagogue, built in the early 1920s, has served the congregation remarkably well over its celebrated history. However, as the congregation experienced recent growth and new worship styles, the old facility needed both expansion and creative restructuring.
In response, PKSB renovated the entire facility from the lower level social hall to new rooftop chapel. The building was refurbished and restored to its original luster while adding enhanced facilities and handicap accessibility. The jewel in the crown is the rooftop addition which provides a more intimate environment for small group services.
The new chapel features a striking, sculptural ark designed by Laurie Gross Studios. Intricate iron gates shroud a bronze-clad ark cabinet, which can be relocated when the room is expanded to the adjacent social hall for high holidays. Both rooms open onto the new roof garden. With city and park views, the terrace is a unique outdoor space for religious and life-cycle celebrations.