Beth Am Israel
Penn Valley, Pennsylvania
Warmly welcoming, the new Beth Am Israel Synagogue was designed as a physical representation of the values shared by its community. Solidly constructed of modest yet beautifully composed materials, with spaces that clearly distinguish the sacred from the everyday, this new facility supports the primary components of worship, study, and community that provide the foundation for Beth Am Israel’s members. The design features an innovative organization that allows the classrooms to circumscribe the sanctuary and be connected by a series of movable partitions to become overflow worship space during the High Holidays. Above all, it is a place in which they can fully experience and deepen their ancient faith, while enriching their contemporary community.
Religious Art & Architecture Design Award, Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art & Architecture and Faith & Form Magazine, 2005
Size: 25,000 sf
Budget: $6 million
Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape