BREVARD COUNTY — The public is invited to celebrate as Temple Israel of Brevard breaks ground for its newest worship site.
The Viera synagogue, which has been serving the needs of the Reform Jewish congregation, has been a predominant figure of the master-planned community, pre-dating the Viera Walmart and the Avenue Viera.
Families have watched the temple grow just as the area surrounding it has flourished with new life. Now, an opportunity to expand its services has presented itself, and the community can enjoy a new premises.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Temple Israel of Brevard will host an open house on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Viera.
“We have had a very stable membership over the past 15 years,” said Rabbi Patricia Hickman. “When we first came to Viera we were one of the first buildings here. Now it is truly exploding. We are too, with many new families that have come to join. The promise of the past is now being realized!”
Congregation members won’t have to travel far to attend services, as the new Temple Israel will be built on a lot covering 8,500-square feet that is adjacent to its existing structure.
During the ground breaking ceremony led by Rabbi Hickman, two dozen sacred texts will be buried on the 2.5 acre property.
Following the burial, attendees are welcome to join in the social hall for entertainment. Finger foods and fresh baked goods will be served inside, while outdoors children can play in a bounce house, water slide and other outdoor games. A guide will teach attendees to dance the Hora to Klezmer folk music played by the Nat Kaye band.
Adults can learn more about the available religious schools and temple club programs from representatives attending the event.
“This new Temple has given us an opportunity to look at the needs of our congregation in a unique way,” Rabbi Hickman said. “As we devised the design, we were able to consider the future by providing more classrooms and configuring the building for the many events, services and activities that we enjoy. It will truly be a house of prayer, a house of study and a house of meeting!”
Completion of the new Temple Israel is expected by summer of 2020. Construction services are to be provided by Scott Lamb, civil engineer; Stephen L. Snow, LLC, architect; Susan Hall, landscape architect; and Doug Wilson Enterprises, pre-construction services.
The current building in which Temple Israel of Brevard holds its services has been sold to Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts, and Temple Israel is leasing the building from Chabad until the new premises is open.
According to Rabbi Hickman, the front of the temple will look like the Kotel, which is the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and is the last remaining part of the ancient Temple. She added in front of that, there will be a meditation garden.
The new temple will also have its own parking lot, separate from Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts.
For more information, call (321) 631-9494 or visit www.TIofBrevard.com.