Most synagogue members back building new temple

February 18, 1997|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

Members of Temple Isaiah, an East Columbia synagogue, last week showed overwhelming support for building a new temple.

But the 65.8% vote favoring a new building was not sufficient to begin a campaign to to finance moving the congregation from its longtime home at the Meeting House interfaith center in east Columbia's Oakland Mills village.

Slightly less than the required two-thirds of the congregation's adult members voted Thursday night in favor of moving, said congregation President Donna Kaplan.

"We got 65.8 percent of those voting [to support moving] and to me that's an overwhelming majority saying they'd like to have their own facility," she said. "We have to reach out to those families who did not vote."

The congregation has met at the interfaith center for 21 years.

In December, a survey of 180 congregants concluded that there was a broad base of support to raise funds to construct a new building for the reform congregation, which has about 450 families and roughly 1,100 members.

Consultants recommended that the temple solicit contributions to capital and endowment funds before buying land. At least 60 percent of the pledges should be obtained before the congregation buys land and at least 80 percent of pledges should be redeemed in cash before construction begins, the consultants said.

The congregation's board of trustees will decide in coming weeks, Kaplan said, if another vote should be taken.

Pub Date: 2/18/97

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