Today is June 19, 2019 -

Chisuk Emuna Congregation

of Greater Harrisburg, PA

3219 Green Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-5507
Phone: 717-232-4851 |

Come join in designing our new home!

July 1, 2011
29 Sivan, 5771

To the Chisuk Emuna Family,

Together, we are all building a new spiritual home for our congregation and community. Now is the time that your input is needed to make our synagogue welcoming,accessible, efficient and inspiring. As co-chairs of the Building Committee,
we invite you to join us for a special planning program, called a “design Charette” which will be held on Sunday July 31st from 10 am- 4pm at the JCC. (Please note the date change from the one announced at the annual meeting.)

What is a Charrette? Architects know the concept of a “design charrette” as long days and late nights in the studio, trying
to complete a design project within a short, intense period of time. A charrette, in its simplest form, is a period of intense
design and planning for solving a design challenge. Dating back to the days of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, the
charrette became synonymous with students working feverishly to complete a project on a cart pulled by a friend on the
way to a professor’s home (a cart in French is a “charrette”).Today, the charrette has become one of the most powerful
and effective tools for creative and collaborative problem solving in building design communities. The charrette provides a  physical framework for our synagogue community to implement its vision and engage everyone in the process of the  design for our new spiritual home.

The Charrette Process: The charrette process is straightforward and simple. A team is assembled that has the expertise
needed to address the issues at hand. Over the course of the day, a series of sessions are held for congregational input
in various areas. These areas include:

  • Education/Hebrew School/Classrooms
  • Religious Rituals-Synagogue, Chapel and Ritual Objects Design
  • Building Systems (Accessibility, Security, AV, IT, HVAC, Tele/Data)
  • Social Hall/Kitchen
  • Interior Design/Finishes (Furnishings, Field Trips)
  • Green Initiatives
  • Memorial/History/Historical Artifacts
  • Site Amenities (Landscape, patio design, gardens)

You will be asked to choose to participate in one of these groups. At the end of the charrette, there will be a presentation
where options for the building will be presented for all of the participants to consider.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to help to design our new home. If you would like to participate, we ask
that you make a commitment to be there for the full session on Sunday, July 31st from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Please RSVP to

Jeneen Harmon – or 232-4851 and indicate your preferred interest group from the list above.
Attached please find a tentative agenda for the day.

We look forward to spending the day together and working to realize our shared vision of a new home for Chisuk Emuna

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any one of us.


Leah Muroff 579-0010 Steve Rubin 514-9455