Temple Isaiah pledges $1.7 million for building Members have outgrown interfaith center

December 19, 1997|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

Congregants at Temple Isaiah have pledged $1.7 million over the next five years to establish a free-standing building and leave their longtime home at the Meeting House interfaith center in east Columbia's Oakland Mills village.

For more than 20 years, the 1,100-member congregation has worshiped at the interfaith center, but it has outgrown the space.

In February, the congregation hired a consultant to devise a plan to build a free-standing building or buy a building and renovate it. About 80 percent of the congregants voted to leave the interfaith center.

"For us, the interfaith concept is outdated," said Jackie Norden, the congregation's campaign chairwoman. "There's never enough parking. There are times when we can't even have a funeral or a bar mitzvah."

Norden said the congregation is looking to build within three to five years. Temple Isaiah hopes to buy enough land in western Howard County to house a nursery school and library in addition to a synagogue, she said.

About 450 members made the pledges, which range from $18 to $75,000.

In October, St. John the Evangelist Baptist Church and St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church left the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center to construct their own buildings.

Four other congregations have come together with plans to build an interfaith center in River Hill. There are now four centers.

Pub Date: 12/19/97

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