Temple Israel will welcome new members at social event


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Temple Israel of Brevard's new synagogue will be more energy efficient.

Temple Israel of Brevard’s new 8,500 square-foot synagogue is set to open in August. On Sunday, Feb. 9, it plans to welcome new members, and anyone interested in joining or learning more about Reform Judaism during Let’s Get Together, a welcoming social event

After selling 7½ acres of its 10-acre property in 2018 to Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts, it used the remaining 2½ acres to plan its new building, adjacent to the existing structure on Lake Andrew Drive in Viera.

Temple President Larry Fineberg said that so far, they have completed the building design, site development and the foundation for the new building.

“Our decision to build in a new location allowed us to create a building and grounds with a fresh look that better meets the needs of our current congregation while allowing room for future growth,” Fineberg said. “Building so close allowed us to minimize the impact to our congregation while maximizing our exposure to the rapidly growing Viera community.”

The new building and grounds also will be significantly more energy efficient.

“We’re taking advantage of newer technology and efficiency in lighting with LED in the building and parking lot, air conditioning, windows and storm building codes.,” Fineberg said. “Our landscape design will require less water and utilize native plants as much as possible. We are currently working on designing the sanctuary where our goal is to provide a fresh new look and employ newer video and audio technology.”

They’ve also included building security early in the design process based on advice from local and federal law enforcement.

“Sheriff Ivey’s officers were very responsive to our needs and were easy to work with,” Fineberg said. “They have provided valuable input from a design and operations perspective.”

Let’s Get Together will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at 7350 Lake Andrew Drive in Viera. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Sue Cannon at 321-631-9494.

“Temple Israel’s goal is to meet the current and future needs of our modern Jewish community within Brevard County,” Fineberg said. “Members enjoy a full range of programming year-round.  There is an organization or activity for almost every age group or area of interest.”

For more information about Temple Israel of Brevard, go to TIofBrevard.com.

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