About the Project

More than fifty years ago, when the visionaries leading Congregation B’nai B’rith created our current campus, they dreamed of someday being a congregation of hundreds of families. But our CBB community has vastly expanded in the decades since – we are over 800 families strong as of 2022 — and we now need to renew our campus to accommodate not only our current needs, but to create a campus that will serve our congregation for the next 50 years.

The priorities of “Building Dreams” include (1) more creative and robust use of our outdoor space (2) significantly enhancing the Jewish education experience for learners of all ages, (3) improving accessibility throughout the campus, and (4) to consolidate and improve space for clergy and staff.

As we move into a new phase, we are continuing to raise funds for the project, and are getting ready to break ground in early 2023.

We are making this enormous effort, to which many of us have already given many thousands of dollars, and hundreds and hundreds of hours of our lives, with hope and a prayer that 30 years from now, 50 years from now, there will be Jewish children learning and playing here, and Jewish adults gathering for community and working together to make the world better.

Rabbi Steve Cohen

Transformed Arrival Experience

Visitors will be greeted by a transformed arrival experience – one that features both greater accessibility and highlights the natural beauty of our area. The campus entrance will feature a new tree-lined road, leading to a new Arrival Courtyard that includes an open approach to the Main Sanctuary. Multiple safe and accessible drop-off and pick up areas ensure every person can easily access all areas and buildings on our campus. The arrival experience is an important component of Building Dreams, reminding everyone coming to CBB that they are leaving the ordinary world behind and entering a spiritual home.

New Center for Jewish Learning

Our current education building — outdated and untouched for more than 50 years – is poised for transformation into the Center for Jewish Learning. This will provide an inspiring physical space for many of the programs, activities, and meetings now held in other parts of the campus. On the upper level, a Teaching Kitchen will feature multiple stations for hands-on learning, while the Art Studio opens up to the Promenade, encouraging students of all ages to participate in classes and activities. An inspiring circular design will allow the Sacred Space to hold small services, performances, and educational and social gatherings. The lower level will feature a Media and Technology Studio, and both levels include additional classrooms. The new Center for Jewish Learning will be a flexible, multi-purpose facility—alive and in use both day and night—that will embrace and accommodate the growing and changing needs of our entire congregation.

Consolidated Leadership Hub

A central office suite, with a 1,100 square foot addition to the Sanctuary building, will consolidate work and meeting areas for professional staff and clergy, and will provide private spaces for pastoral care, creating a better, safer work environment for all. In the lobby of the Main Building, restrooms will be upgraded and a new gender-neutral/family restroom will be added.

Expanded Outdoor Facilities

A major expansion and renovation of the back patio will create a true Outdoor Pavilion, providing a focal point and a beautiful place to worship and celebrate as a community. Extensive regrading of the property will make the campus accessible to all, and the currently undeveloped area behind the back patio will be transformed into a park-like setting. Pathways will connect our three main buildings, and well-defined outdoor spaces will be designed to accommodate a wide range of events and activities. Accessibility to the outdoors is a key component of our plan. Easy access to the Pavilion from inside the Main Building for anyone with limited mobility will resolve a long-standing problem. Enhanced access to the Promenade from the parking lot will encourage a natural flow to the new Outdoor Pavilion and to a network of pathways.

Building Dreams Project Leadership

Capital Campaign Committee

Steven Amerikaner

Co-Chair

Diane Zipperstein

Co-Chair

Daniel Hochman

Honorary Co-Chair

Sara Miller McCune

Honorary Co-Chair

Campus Renewal Committee

Judi Koper

Co-Chair

Martie Levy

Co-Chair

Steven Amerikaner

Rabbi Steve Cohen

Jonathan Gartner

Elizabeth Gaynes

Ron Gleiberman

Lauren Katz

Richard Sanders

Nancy Sheldon

Craig Zimmerman

Diane Zipperstein

Project Partners

Cameron Carey

Tynan Group
Construction Project Management

Martha Degasis

Arcadia Studio
Landscape Architecture

Alayna Fraser

Blackbird Architects

Ken Radtkey

Blackbird Architects