The Congregation Kehillath Israel Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to move forward into Phase 2 of the KI Next project.

David Williams, President of KI, said “Phase 2 will help us realize the vision for our second century with a modern facility that makes dramatic improvements in accessibility, security, and energy efficiency. A flexible layout will make the facility an ideal platform for campus-wide initiatives focused on innovation, Israel, and inclusion, and equip us to work more effectively with partner organizations.”

There will be a month-long transition period as offices are moved from their current locations to space in the Epstein Building, with the last service held in the sanctuary on June 17th.  Initial site preparation will start May 1st, with a crew coming in to prune and protect the trees in the garden that will be saved.  By the end of the month, construction fences will be erected around the west (Sanctuary) side of the building in preparation for excavation.  A detailed transition timeline will be sent out as it is firmed up.


Phase 2 construction will include:

  • Sanctuary and Chapel restored, water damage repaired.
  • Sanctuary bimah lowered to provide ADA ramp access
  • New entrance on Harvard Street
  • Main office moved to front of building
  • Nursery & Pre-school classrooms brought together in one secure section of the building
  • Nursery & Pre-school classrooms with direct access to garden and playground
  • New social hall built that will seat 300
  • Sunlit gallery/atrium at side of sanctuary at same level, connecting the Sanctuary to the new social hall on the same level
  • Flexible meeting rooms
  • Large kitchen attached to social hall for catered events
  • Enhanced site security

To Rabbi Hamilton, this restoration echoes that of KI’s expansion in the late 1940s.  “We are thrilled to move forward with expansive restoration of our busy and growing Campus in our Centennial year.  Humbled to stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, we are inspired to launch this new era of our history as a vital communal asset to Greater Boston and our Jewish People.”

Construction is anticipated to be finished by the High Holy Days, in the fall of 2018.