Capital Campaign News

Our Construction is Completed

May 30, 2012 / 9 Sivan 5772

Our Wonderful Learning Center is Completed and Dedicated!

See new pictures in the galleries below and stay tuned!

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Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process. You can also follow us on Facebook.

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Construction on Phase 2 is moving full steam ahead!

February 7, 2012 / 14 Shevat 5772

Outside, you may have noticed that the new library addition is now wrapped in blue. This is a sign that masonry will be starting soon. Meanwhile, crews have been working on the roof and preparing the entrance awning.

Inside, rooms have largely been framed in. HVAC and wiring is underway. Today, workers are laying tile to renovate the two bathrooms by the entrance.

We are excited that furniture has been ordered as have new banquet chairs for the social hall.

Finally, this past week, Gil Mann and Rabbi Davis got a sneak preview of stained glass from the Penn Ave building that is being renovated for the new space. This lovely window will link the buildings and the generations together.

Pardon Our Dust

As the crew begins the dismantling of the façade of Beth El, please note that the main entrance is now inaccessible. Use the 26th Street Entrance (The chapel door is still accessible for minyan). We ask that you reserve the closest parking spaces for those in need of the accessibility and also keep a close eye on your curious little ones! If you should need extra help, please call the facilities office at 952-873-7308 at least 48 hours prior so that we can have help available for you.

See new pictures in the galleries below and stay tuned!

Stay Current on our Progress

Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process. You can also follow us on Facebook.

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10/6/2010

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The Changing Look of Beth El!

October 25, 2011 / 27 Tishrei 5772
Construction happening at Beth El

The foundation for our phase 2 additions has now been completed. The wall has been cut for the new side entrance. Extensive renovations have also begun in the choir loft, coat room and chapel bathrooms. Plumbing and electrical work are well underway, and a special restoration project has begun which will be revealed at a later time. Also during this time, we are working to update our sound system. During this time, we apologize but our hearing devices will not work. We appreciate your patience as we work to make everything sound “crystal clear!”

Pardon Our Dust

As the crew begins the dismantling of the façade of Beth El, please note that the main entrance is now inaccessible. Use the 26th Street Entrance (The chapel door is still accessible for minyan). We ask that you reserve the closest parking spaces for those in need of the accessibility and also keep a close eye on your curious little ones! If you should need extra help, please call the facilities office at 952-873-7308 at least 48 hours prior so that we can have help available for you.

See new pictures in the galleries below and stay tuned!

Stay Current on our Progress

Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process. You can also follow us on Facebook.

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10/6/2010

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10/8/2010

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11/10/2010

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Phase II Beginning

September 12, 2011 / 13 Elul 5771

We anticipate that Phase II of our project will begin in September – stay tuned for more details!

See new pictures in the galleries below and stay tuned!

Our clergy has also been privy to the happenings within and maybe a little involved. Click here to see how they’ve lent a hand!

Stay Current on our Progress

Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email at www.bethelsynagogue.org/kesher. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process.

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Historic Dedication & Groundbreaking

August 30, 2011 / 30 Av 5771

Phase 1 Dedication!

On August 29, 2011, amid the popular End-of-Summer Beth El picnic, Beth El’s new addition and renovated interior were dedicated with a special ribbon cutting and mezuzah hanging ceremony. Those in attendance included members of the construction and building committees, the board, donors, synagogue staff, representatives from the architects and building crew and, of course, hundreds of jubilant picnickers.

Phase 2 Groundbreaking!

Once the last nail was tapped into the newly dedicated mezuzah to adorn the new 26th Street Entrance, the crowd shifted to the front of the building. There, at the foot of the Ten Commandments sculpture, golden shovels and hard hats were waiting for the next “phase” of the ceremony – the groundbreaking for Phase Two! Construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks on an a beautiful education center which will grace the front of our shul! Stay tuned!

See new pictures in the galleries below and stay tuned!

Our clergy has also been privy to the happenings within and maybe a little involved. Click here to see how they’ve lent a hand!

Stay Current on our Progress

Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email at www.bethelsynagogue.org/kesher. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process.

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10/6/2010

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Celebrate!

August 29, 2011 / 29 Av 5771

Join us for our Dedication and Mezuzah Hanging at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 29th celebrating the completion of phase one of construction at our Annual Picnic!

Walk around and kvell!  Our building is now 100% accessible to all.  We have an elevator, a new Aleph Preschool, new meeting spaces, new offices, new sprinkler systems, new security system, new lighting, new bathrooms and so much more! We are deeply grateful to our many donors who helped make our new building a reality.

» Join us for Beth El’s Grand re-Opening and Celebration at this year’s Summer Picnic.

We are thankful to our volunteers and staff who have guided our construction with tireless effort, working through the inconvenience of construction with a positive attitude and without missing a beat. We also extend our gratitude to our gracious and generous friends at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School.

Phase 2 of our construction, building a new Education Center, is now in the works.  To help make this a reality, we need the financial support of our members. If you have not yet participated in the Capital Campaign we do hope for 100% participation of our members. Please contact Linda Goldberg at 952-873-7302 for more information.

Enjoy our new Beth El!

Coming Home!

June 14, 2011 / 12 Sivan 5771

This week we welcomed the youngest members of our community back to our new Aleph Preschool. After years of planning and after a year of construction, it was wonderful seeing the building finally come alive with children. This past year we were blessed to have had our Aleph Preschool so well accommodated by Bnai Emet. But it is good to be home.

In these first few days of camp, children walked through hallways decorated with balloons. In their classrooms, they busily began playing and exploring their new surroundings. The excitement was evident not just among our children. Parent after parent walked in and said, “wow, this is so beautiful.” And indeed it is. The halls are wider and lighter. The lay-out flows nicely. The “Aleph-Bet” carpet is a hit. And new furniture signals that this is truly a new school. One thing hasn’t changed, however- children are having a summer full of fun and learning, nurtured by loving teachers. We are grateful to our teachers and Aleph preschool staff who, with just days between the end of the school year and camp, created a seamless transition once again. We also gratefully acknowledge our maintenance staff, technology director -Jessica Zehavi, and countless volunteers for their assistance in preparing the school for camp.

The Aleph Preschool is poised for continued growth. (Already this summer, our Haverim v’Shemesh-“Friends in the Sun” summer camp has doubled its enrollment from last year.) And as the voices of children fill our halls once again, we sense the words above the new entrance already coming true: “May you be blessed as you enter and as you go forth.”

For more information on the Aleph Preschool, contact our director, Karen Burton, via e-mail or by phone at 952 873-7319.

Construction Update by Rabbi Alexander Davis

See new pictures in the galleries below and stay tuned!

Our clergy has also been privy to the happenings within and maybe a little involved. Click here to see how they’ve lent a hand!

Stay Current on our Progress

Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email at www.bethelsynagogue.org/kesher. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process.

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10/6/2010

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We’re on the Move

June 3, 2011 / 1 Sivan 5771

Haverim (Friends),

We are on the move!
The building is abuzz with activity:

The Aleph School is busy unpacking their rooms. New furniture makes already beautiful rooms stunning. We look forward to filling the school with children as we prepare for the summer camp program. The main synagogue offices have officially moved from the coat closet to the upper level. This requires more than moving a few desks and boxes. The computer, phone, copy, security systems, etc. are currently being set up.

The Ring lobby is one of the final areas receiving attention- new carpet and a new ceiling will make our entrance inviting and warm. Boxes fill the halls and a moving truck makes the drive back and forth to the warehouse brining new loads on the hour. Outside, the sod is being laid, the irrigation system tested and the landscaping touched up. Inside, architects are working on a “punch list” of final items.

Can you imagine all of this activity while continuing with a full program schedule: holding a Cuban art auction, Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, Stillman Weekend, Rabbi Abelson celebration, hosting the JFCS annual meeting, celebrating Tiny Treasures and on and on?!

Thank you to all the professionals and volunteers helping with this enormous task. Soon, the first phase of construction will be complete!

Construction Update by Rabbi Alexander Davis

See new pictures in the galleries below and stay tuned!

Our clergy has also been privy to the happenings within and maybe a little involved. Click here to see how they’ve lent a hand!

Stay Current on our Progress

Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email at www.bethelsynagogue.org/kesher. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process.

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10/6/2010

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In the Home Stretch

April 29, 2011 / 25 Nisan 5771

The west end of Beth El is ablaze with activity…Sawdust is flying, power tools are buzzing, glue is being spread and carpet is getting cut. Lights are turning on with the flick of a switch and trucks and teams of workers are receiving shipments and putting finishing touches on cabinets and cubbies. Inspectors are coming and going and our punch list is getting shorter everyday. I see the superintendent from Sheehy making calls, getting questions answered and clarifying decisions. The stone looks majestic and the paint and carpet are a welcome reprieve from the aged walls and flooring of days gone by. The Aleph Preschool classrooms are bright and fresh and the reading nook is taking shape as the center of learning for kids to come. I can’t wait to see the kids flying down those open walkways with the joy and excitement that being new brings. Update by Peggy Kerska, Facilities Director

See new pictures in the galleries below and stay tuned!

Our clergy has also been privy to the happenings within and maybe a little involved. Click here to see how they’ve lent a hand!

Stay Current on our Progress

Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email at www.bethelsynagogue.org/kesher. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process.

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10/6/2010

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Aleph Preschool Parents Tour Construction Site

March 8, 2011 / 2 Adar II 5771

On February 18th and March 2nd, Aleph Preschool parents (present and future) were led on a tour of the construction site. Rabbi Davis and Karen Burton led the way as we viewed the new entrance, Aleph Preschool classrooms, and Administrative offices, explaining upcoming projects and describing how the new spaces would be used. See the new pictures in the galleries below.

On the lower level, festive tile has been installed in the Aleph Preschool bathrooms, with new fixtures being added soon. Classrooms have been sheet rocked and painted. In the upper level, administrative offices have been painted; the bathrooms are nearly complete with new fixtures, countertops, stall walls and dispensers. Work room cabinetry has been installed and sheet rock has been hung in the USY office. In the new entryway, the concrete has been poured for the new stairwell and the motor has been installed for the new elevator!

See new pictures in the galleries below and stay tuned!

Our clergy has also been privy to the happenings within and maybe a little involved. Click here to see how they’ve lent a hand!

Stay Current on our Progress

Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email at www.bethelsynagogue.org/kesher. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process.

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10/6/2010

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The Hustle and The Bustle

January 27, 2011 / 22 Shevat 5771

Submitted by Danelle Cunningham, Marketing & Communications Director

Well it’s been a few weeks, but I was treated to another tour of the construction site just a few days ago. Boy, what a difference! I’ve been around a few renovation sites in my time I can very confidently say that this is the most energized one I’ve experienced. The crew is focused and constantly moving, determined to keep this project moving at a swift click. It was hard to ignore the feeling of excitement as I toured the site and saw the steady progress of this enormous project!

I walked down new ramps! I saw new light fixtures and beautiful new tile in the bathrooms. The administrative offices have been painted and I was able to see where all the Beth El staff would be carrying on their business. Framing in the Aleph Preschool classrooms will be completed and sheetrock will be added over the next week and a half. The new stairway and roof will be put in to the new entryway, with the elevator installation beginning just a few days from now. And I am still in awe over the new moveable wall in the Gruman Social Hall!

See new pictures in the galleries below and stay tuned!

Our clergy has also been privy to the happenings within and maybe a little involved. Click here to see how they’ve lent a hand!

Stay Current on our Progress

Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email at www.bethelsynagogue.org/kesher. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process.

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10/6/2010

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Moving Walls and Paint and Ramps…Oh MY!

January 6, 2011 / 1 Shevat 5771

With the turn of the New Year comes many corners turned in the construction progress at Beth El! By that, I mean INSTALLATIONS GALORE! A new movable wall for the social hall has been installed. Rebar has been installed in preparation for new ramps throughout.

In the lower level, including the Aleph Preschool area, old plumbing has been removed and new plumbing is being installed. Additionally, we bid farewell to the Aleph Preschool office.

In the upper level, the administrative offices are receiving a fresh coat of primer and paint.

While there are many projects left to complete, the steady progress made by our dedicated crew is evident…mostly only to Peggy Kerska, our Facilities Director! Peggy has been instrumental in the scheduling and coordinating of the subcontractors and vendors, regularly touring the site and taking photos of the progress. Check out the new photos below.

Our clergy has also been privy to the happenings within and maybe a little involved. Click here to see how they’ve lent a hand!

Stay Current on our Progress

Watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction and please encourage your fellow congregants to sign up for the Kesher email at www.bethelsynagogue.org/kesher. As always, please use caution when visiting. We appreciate your patience during this process.

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10/6/2010

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Going Up? Elevator Shaft Coming Soon

December 8, 2010 / 1 Tevet 5771

I have found myself reflecting on “the stairwell that is no more, ” being a sucker for all things inanimate that have a history. For instance, I am reminded of the sheer volume of toddler tuchas, including my own son’s, that slid ever-so-carefully down those stairs – some very much focused on the task at hand, some just blissfully enjoying the ride under the watchful eyes of our capable Aleph Preschool teachers. Then, I think of how many of our little ones ascended that stairwell as if it were their very own Everest! I am also reminded of the number of times this staffer had to hoof it upstairs to check if something printed out properly, only to forget why I came up there in the first place…and I excitedly think “GOODBYE STAIRWELL! Bring on the ELEVATOR!” We are happy to report that the scaffolding is now in place on the 26th street side of Beth El in preparation for the long-awaited elevator shaft!

In other construction news, the sheet rock for the new offices has been hung; the social hall will soon receive new doors and bid farewell to the old portable wall which will be demolished in the next week. Our new fire alarm system has been approved and will be installed this week and finishes have been selected. Submitted by Danelle Cunningham, Marketing Director

As always, please use caution when visiting and watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction! Sign Up for the Kesher »

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The Ghost of a Staircase

November 22, 2010 / 15 Kislev 5771

Our Facilities Director, Peggy Kerska was nice enough to give me a quick first-time tour of the construction last week and the changes are nothing short of exciting! The rooms opposite the Victor Hall, which once housed the USY Office and Youth Lounge, are gutted and being prepared for construction of the new Aleph Preschool classrooms. I could envision them bathed in the light that the new windows that would soon be adding. Then, the area that once held the library, bride’s room, STAIRWELL, meeting rooms and two offices has been completely opened up into what will be the new entrance and social gathering area. And yes, I mentioned “stairwell” in the past tense, which brings me to the most exciting development I saw on this tour. The absence of the staircase once used to access the Administrative offices was most alarming, especially as I walked over where they once were while visiting the upstairs construction area.

This week, plans for the new portable wall in the social hall have been submitted to the city for approval and electrical controls are being installed for the new office area. As usual, many, MANY less obvious, but important improvements are made every day, along with preparations for many more! Upcoming immediate plans include the addition of a new exit from the social hall, sprinkler systems added to the kitchen, social hall and boiler room, and much more. Please note: the kitchen will be closed from December 6 – 18 to install a new rooftop unit above the kitchen as well as the new sprinkler system. Submitted by Danelle Cunningham, Marketing Director

Parking

Please reserve parking along 26th street (close to the building) for those in need of accessibility and those with small children.

Parking availability will be ever-changing throughout construction, but we will keep you informed through the Kesher email. Encourage your fellow congregants to sign up at www.bethelsynagogue.org/kesher. We appreciate your patience during this process.

As always, please use caution when visiting and watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction!

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10/6/2010

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Construction Continues!

October 26, 2010 / 18 Heshvan 5771

Curbs have been poured and grading for the sidewalk has begun. Additionally, any passersby can see the large-scale excavation along the 26th street side of the building exposing the wall that will soon bare light to the new Aleph Preschool classrooms!

The framing of the administrative offices in the upper level is complete and the electrical installation has begun. Demolition of the lower level rooms outside of Victor Hall is well underway.

Beth El’s exciting construction is for all of us! For information about contributing to the L’dor Vador Capital Campaign, contact Linda Goldberg at 952-873-7302 or via e-mail.

Parking

Please reserve parking along 26th street (close to the building) for those in need of accessibility and those with small children.

Parking availability will be ever-changing throughout construction, but we will keep you informed through the Kesher email. Encourage your fellow congregants to sign up at www.bethelsynagogue.org/kesher. We appreciate your patience during this process.

As always, please use caution when visiting and watch your Kesher email for further updates on the construction!

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10/6/2010

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Construction has begun!

October 4, 2010 / 26 Tishrei 5771

Phase one construction has begun! Over half of our building is now boarded off as an official “Construction Zone.” The demolition stage is well underway and close to completion. In phase one, we will make our building handicapped accessible — including an elevator, our Aleph Preschool will renovated with all classrooms on one floor, we will have renovated offices and meeting spaces, the building with be sprinklered, we will have new bathrooms and more. Our contractor tells us that with cooperative weather, this phase will take about four months. To keep you apprised, we plan to start sending out regular email updates with photos of our progress.

Please sign up for the Kesher “Connection” emails to stay up to date.

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Beth El Celebrates Historic Groundbreaking

August 16, 2010 / 6 Elul 5770

Nearly 150 Beth El congregants along with Jeffrey Jacobs, Mayor of St. Louis Park and Dr. Bob Tift, President of Benilde-St. Margaret’s gathered last Thursday, August 12, 2010 to witness the historic groundbreaking ceremony – kicking off the long-awaited construction project at Beth El. An air of nostalgia was evident at this festive event complete with music from our Beth El band and Cantors Abrams and Newman as well as historic images assembled by Bonnie Heller of the previous groundbreaking over 40 years ago. The captive crowd heard from Rabbi Davis and President Gary Krupp (“at least for the next two hours”). An exuberant round of applause rose when Capital Campaign Chair and incoming President, Gil Mann announced that mountains of paperwork to prepare for the financing of this much anticipated project had been completed just hours before. With that, honored guests were given golden shovels and the groundbreaking had begun.