A major renovation of our sanctuary was completed in 2005. The sanctuary beautification project was named Ait Livnot – A Time To Build. Our most sacred space was enhanced by the addition of exquisite etched glass art in its windows, carved and gilded ark doors, and glass paneled entry doors, all designed and created by leading American architectural artists. New pews and upholstered seats were constructed by a kibbutz in Israel. The bimah, which retained its beautiful stained-glass windows representing the 12 Tribes of Israel, is now multi-tier and accessible for people with disabilities.
The use of glass illuminates the sanctuary with abundant natural light, creating an atmosphere of serenity, clarity, and harmony. The etched glass panels within the towering windows on each side of the sanctuary contain the quote “In Your Light, We See Light” (Psalm 36:9). The quote on the ark doors proclaims “Torah is Illumination” (Proverbs 6:23). The theme of light and illumination in our sanctuary captures the open and welcoming perspective that Temple Emeth has always embraced.