PAS 135th Annual Meeting - Space Update

At the 135th Annual Meeting on May 16, Chairman Art Penn gave a review of the congregational year including a report on our space project, and Rabbi Cosgrove addressed the challenges and opportunities ahead during this time of transition. Both of their full remarks will be available on the PAS website later this week. In the meantime, we want to update you with a summary of what was discussed on the space project.

The community-wide celebration of our Lifelong Learning Center on 89th Street is scheduled for Sunday, September 10 at 4:00 pm. We are excited to launch our beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that we hope will engage our community in Jewish educational programs, social and cultural events, and worship opportunities. The opening of our new building will mark the completion of the first stage of our vision for an expanded PAS campus.

The next phase of activity, focused on the renovation of our 87th Street building, will include a comprehensive revitalization and reconfiguration of our classrooms, offices, and special event spaces. To accomplish this plan most efficiently and cost-effectively, during the shortest period of time possible, we will rent the school building at 4 East 90th Street as a temporary home for the staff, clergy, and our Early Childhood Center during construction, from late May 2018 through August 2019. Together with our new Lifelong Learning Center, this space, which includes a large gymnasium, gracious library, and rooftop play space, will be the ideal setting for PAS programs and activities to continue while the 87th Street renovation proceeds.

Please note that this move does not increase the project timetable but rather shortens the overall time of construction and disruption, while maintaining our original target completion date. Our goal is to complete this project in a fiscally responsible manner while maintaining the integrity of our community through this short-term displacement. Like the ancient Israelites in their temporary dwellings, we will be sustained by the continued spiritual and programmatic vitality of our community until we arrive at our much-anticipated “Promised Land.”

During the renovation of 87th Street, our Sanctuary will remain open for worship services. We will host our weekly communal Shabbat Kiddush at 90th Street following Sanctuary Shabbat morning services.

To summarize the anticipated construction timeline:

August 2017: Completion of 89th Street
September 10, 2017: Communal celebration for 89th Street
May 2018: Clergy/Staff to 90th Street; 87th Street site prep commences
June 2018: ECC to 90th Street (one full school year); 87th Street construction commences; Sanctuary remains open
September 2018: Lower Level High Holidays at offsite Upper East Side location
August 2019: Clergy/Staff/ECC move back to 87th Street
Fall 2019: Dedication of completed campus

View renderings of our Lifelong Learning Center on 89th Street.

View photos of 90th Street, our temporary ECC and office space.

View renderings of our future revitalized 87th Street home.

Rabbi Cosgrove and Art Penn thank you again for your incredible support in helping us achieve this once-in-a-generation transformation for our community. Park Avenue Synagogue appreciates your patience and understanding during the period ahead and will continue to update you over the coming months with more details.