Exterior Photos: Alexander Barkoff


Beth Israel Congregation

Metairie, LA

This Modern Orthodox congregation with a long history in the New Orleans Jewish community lost its building to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  The new 6,000-square-foot structure has a flexible multipurpose space that includes a sanctuary that seats 70 for weekly services and expands into the adjacent  social hall for the High Holidays.  The building  has two class/meeting rooms, an administrative suite and a kosher kitchen. The building’s interior is warm and inviting.  The sanctuary and social hall spaces are lined with bookcases and open onto a private outdoor garden.    The Ark and mechitzah design is based on the forms found in the original bema rail.  The exterior takes its cues from New Orleans vernacular architecture.