The Temple – Tifereth Israel Celebrates Forthcoming Expansion and Renovation O n October 7, The Temple -Tifereth Israel hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the forthcoming expansion and renovation of the congregation’s Beachwood home. The program included remarks from temple leaders and Morton Mandel, chairman of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. “Our goal, succinctly expressed, is building our future today,” said Rabbi Richard Block. “We seek to serve the present needs of our warm, large and diverse congregation and the community it serves, and those of future generations. Working in partnership, our congregation, donors and our architects, the Centerbrook firm, are helping facilitate the realization of our vision.” The TempleTomorrow campaign was launched with an historic lead gift, a challenge grant of up to $16 million from the Mandel Foundation in memory of Jack and Lilyan Mandel. Approximately $12 million of that sum, matched by congregants’ contributions, will be devoted to the building project. The balance of funds raised will enhance the congregation’s endowment. “We believe that a building should support what we do and reflect who we are,” commented Jeanne Tobin, The Temple’s president. “Mort Mandel wanted to honor his brother’s memory by ensuring the future of his beloved temple. The congregation has formed a special partnership with the Mandel Foundation that will enable us to honor Jack and Lilyan, our glorious history, and our entire congregation, as we realize our Vision. Together, we are creating an enduring legacy for the generations who follow.” The Temple’s Beachwood building was built in 1970 to house The Temple’s Religious School. Since then, the building space was increased as the congregation moved further into Cleveland’s eastern suburbs. Highlights of Centerbrook’s design include a new and inspiring chapel, a warm, welcoming entrance to the building including a community commons, a new wing for the Ganon Gil Preschool, and redesigned, technologically advanced classrooms for the Religious School. In recognition of this expansion and renovation, Mayor Merle S. Gorden and City Council proclaimed Tuesday, October 7, 2014, as “The Temple-Tifereth Israel Day” in the City of Beachwood. Pictured, top from left: Don Scherzer, Bob Allenick, Bruce Goodman, Jeanne Tobin, Morton Mandel, Rabbi Richard Block, Mayor Merle Gorden, Steve Hoffman and Amy Kaplan. “We seek to serve the present needs of our warm, large and diverse congregation and the community it serves, and those of future generations. Middle: Rabbi Richard Block, Rabbi Rosette Haim, Rabbi Roger Klein, Cantor Kathy Sebo and Rabbi Stacy Schlein. Bottom: Cantor Kathy Sebo, with Ganon Gil children, sing the Jewish pop song “In This House” at the groundbreaking ceremony. Membership Corner T NorthCoast Moving Inc. 23500 Mercantile Road, #H Beachwood Peter Sussen 216.283.5533 Moving and Storage WOW! Business Services 105 Blaze Industrial Parkway Berea Michelle Waldron 440.915.6375 Telecommunications he Beachwood Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest members: hibϋ 17726 Winslow Road Shaker Heights Dan Hartman 513.403.0849 Marketing/advertising Ohio Business Machines 1111 Superior Avenue, #105 Cleveland Zach Pigg 216.485.2000 X 336 Office Equipment Sanford Jaffe 26400 N. Woodland Road Beachwood 216.831.8141 Resident member There are many reasons to join the Chamber. For information about becoming involved, visit or call 216.831.0003. Floreria Enterprises LLC dba Paradise Flower Market 27329 Chagrin Blvd. Beachwood Amanda Paradise 216.749.7474 Florist Hey Now! Media 23715 Mercantile Road Beachwood Anne Brower 216.273.6662 Marketing 52 Beachwood Buzz n November 2014