Historic New York Shul Considers, Then Rejects, ‘SynaCondo’ Plan

By Esther Sperber

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Published: The Jewish Forward

Congregation Beth Israel has been working with Esther Sperber of Studio ST Architects to update their 90-year-old Shul in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Sperber proposed a new building typology, the SynaCondo, which combines prayer space and residential space into one new structure.

Although the congregation members were against any proposal that would demolish the existing synagogue, Sperber notes that this concept is one that many religious organizations may consider as they look to the future and contemplate how to keep up with the changing built environment.

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