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Chisuk Emuna Congregation

Harrisburg, PA

In April 2009, this Conservative congregation's 60 year old building was destroyed in a tragic fire.  In order to determine their next steps, the congregation hired BH+L to conduct a feasibility study to explore a number of options.  These scenarios included renovating the damaged building, constructing a new building on the existing site, or acquiring a new site to construct a new building.  The study, which examined six of these options, resulted in recommending the purchase of a sloped site a block from the Jewish Community Center.

The new building has a flexible sanctuary space that opens to a social hall and several classrooms.  A Beit Midrash provides an additional classroom space, and serves as a daily chapel, a library and a meeting room. The building is designed to allow for the Phase 2 construction of permanent classrooms with minimal disruption. 

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