308 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
Main floor of Sanctuary
Sanctuary from Balcony
Sanctuary Vestibule
Sanctuary Doors

Sanctuary Renovation

We recently completed a three-year, multi-phase renovation of our historic synagogue building to ensure a safe, secure and beautiful home for our congregation. We believe we now have as welcoming and comfortable a Main Sanctuary as is offered at any house of prayer in Manhattan.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Completely replaced the roof; reconstructed all fire escapes.
  • Removed an unattractive acoustical-tile ceiling and outdated lighting fixtures in the Main Sanctuary, revealing a soaring beamed ceiling which added 20 feet to the height of the sanctuary and greatly increased the space over the balcony seating.
  • Removed light boxes and radiators which impinged on the worship space; insulated and rebuilt the walls. 
  • Replaced worn-out seating with beautiful cherry wood pews with high density foam seat cushions for comfort. 
  • Refinished the floor and installed all new carpeting.
  • Replaced two small entrance doors with one large central door to ensure easy access to the sanctuary.
  • Moved the heating and air conditioning ducts to the top of the walls and rebuilt the entire heating and cooling system, ensuring a comfortable environment for all seasons.
  • Outdated lighting fixtures replaced by elegant custom brass chandeliers that provide for comfortable levels of illumination throughout the room.  
  • Sound system replaced and upgraded to ensure that services are clear and audible.
  • Main staircases to sanctuary level and sanctuary vestibule completely rebuilt.
  • New chair lift installed for easy access to sanctuary level.
  • A soaring new gilded Ark with a stained glass roundel that provides a visual focus for the Sanctuary.
  • Restrooms completed rebuilt and updated.
  • Social Hall carpeting replaced, woodwork restored and new sound system installed.

We thank all our donors for their commitment to the Or Olam community. 


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