Thursday, March 16, 2006

Dallas $8 Million Shul

Received via email from a Dallas reader. DFW: The tiny Ohr HaTorah congregation, made up of 20 families, crowded into a small north Dallas home morning and evening to worship. They sat on couches, dining room chairs and the floor. Their children played in adjacent bedrooms."We transformed a living room into a synagogue," said Rabbi Aryeh Feigenbaum, who remembers getting a key to the residence in case the owners weren't home during worship...Ohr HaTorah is the fastest growing of the nine Orthodox synagogues in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, officials said. And in the next few weeks, construction will begin on a permanent home.A groundbreaking ceremony for the new two-story 40,000-square-foot building is scheduled for Sunday at 6324 Churchill Way in Dallas.Designed by Fort Worth-based architects Hahnfeld, Hoffer and Stanford, it will be the largest Orthodox synagogue in the area, said Yaakov Rosenblatt, a spokesman for the congregation.Feigenbaum calls the $8 million project a miracle.The project began three years ago when the congregation bought 2.5 acres of land in north Dallas south of Interstate 635 between Hillcrest and Preston roads. Congregation Ohr HaTorah, which bills itself as the fastest growing Orthodox synagogue in the Metroplex, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its first ever permanent facility on Sunday, March 26, 10:30 a.m. at 6324 Churchill Way in north Dallas, just south of I-635 between Hillcrest and Preston Rd.
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