Following the devastating fire last April that destroyed our sanctuary and made other portions of our building uninhabitable, we are pleased to give you an update about the future physical home of Chisuk Emuna Congregation.
After several months of careful deliberation and the review of a feasibility study conducted by the Philadelphia architectural firm of Brawer & Hauptman, the Chisuk Emuna Board of Directors voted in January of 2010 to acquire property at Green & Vaughn Streets as the site of our new home. That site, the long vacant T. Morris Chester Elementary (Riverside) School, is owned by the School District of Harrisburg. On March 15, 2010, the Harrisburg School Board of Control approved the terms of sale that will enable us to acquire that property. Our plan would be to demolish the school and to build a new and environmentally-friendly synagogue and modest parking lot that meets our programmatic needs.
Because the Green and Vaughn property, located in the Riverside neighborhood of Harrisburg, is public property, the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas must approve the sale. The Harrisburg School District solicitor will be submitting the purchase agreement to the court in the very near future.
Chisuk Emuna will continue to work with Brawer & Hauptman to prepare the necessary documents and to serve as the design architects for our new building. We anticipate that our fundraising campaign will begin in earnest in late spring or early summer. For more information about our efforts, please contact us at 232-4851, email@example.com or visit our website www.chisukemuna.org
With Hashem’s help and the support of our members and friends, Chisuk Emuna looks forward to continuing its service to the Greater Harrisburg community in a new building with a renewed sense of purpose. We are grateful to all of our friends who have been so supportive over the past year. We are especially appreciative of the staff and volunteer leaders at the Federation, the Jewish Community Center and the Silver Academy. We look forward to our entire community growing from strength to strength.
Wishing you a Happy Passover,
Stanley E. Schneider, President
Ron Muroff, Rabbi