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Murphy Bema

In order to make the Sanctuary space at Temple Sholom as flexible as possible -- allowing for the Social Hall to expand and to fully accommodate nine classrooms -- it was necessary to find a way to remove the bema platform and conceal the ark.  


The idea for a "Murphy Bema" was developed.  The platform uses spring-loaded hardware that allows for easy operation.  The underside of the bema presents an attractive decorative pattern of stained woods.

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