Safra’s Synagogue Tops Out


As we all stay safe in our homes, we wanted to share with you recent photos from the Safra Synagogue project that is under construction in Brooklyn. While the work is suspended for now, we continue to work with the contractor remotely to prepare for the day when it can continue.

For ten years we have been working with Brooklyn’s Edmond J. Safra Synagogue community, helping them plan for a new synagogue on the corner of Ocean Parkway and Avenue U.  After three designs, two variances, and numerous stops and starts, the project is finally well underway.  We wanted to share some progress photos with you.

The new building will be three stories tall with a thirty-foot-deep landscaped plaza facing Ocean Parkway. The limestone and granite building’s design recalls Brooklyn’s grand civic buildings from the 1920’s-30’s, with Art Deco and neo-Classical proportions and details.

The synagogue is comprised of two blocks: a rectilinear front section, containing the entry, classrooms, offices, and a chapel; and an ovoid section at the east end of the site housing the two-level main sanctuary.  A spa-like ritual bath [mikva] will be built in the cellar. Interiors are being developed by Jack Ovadia Designs.

As of late February, the steel framework has topped out, revealing the building’s dignified, imposing proportions. Though our office is operating remotely, we are continuing to work through masonry cladding details with contractor Promont Corp. Windows, metalwork details, and other essential systems are also in progress.

After such a long gestation it is particularly gratifying for us to see this important project move forward. Congratulations to the client team and contractor for making it happen. We will keep you posted as it develops.

A final note: Our city is the center of the outbreak, and this Brooklyn neighborhood has been particularly hard hit. We wish all of our clients, their families, and friends a safe passage through this challenging time. And for those who have been afflicted, we wish you all a speedy, fully recovery. Stay safe!

Safra’s Synagogue Tops Out