KI Next in The Brookline Tab

On July 9, The Brookline Tab published an article discussing KI Next.

By Ignacio Laguarda: ilaguarda@wickedlocal.com

A new addition is planned for the sanctuary and synagogue at Congregation Kehillath Israel on Harvard Street, but on Wednesday night, it seemed all people could talk about was the future of the adjacent Epstein Hall, which the temple is eying for senior housing.

There is no specific plan for the structure at the corner of Harvard and Williams streets yet, but Kehillath Israel has been in discussion with a nonprofit to build affordable senior housing on the site, and likely tearing down the hall, which is technically part of the Kehillath Israel complex.

During a community meeting on Wednesday, members and surrounding neighbors were mostly interested in the fate of Epstein.

Attorney Bobby Allen, a former Brookline selectman representing Kehillath Israel, said the synagogue was in discussions with Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, or JCHE, to develop and […]

KI Next in The Jewish Advocate

Recently, KI Next was featured in The Jewish Advocate.
By Alexandra Lapkin, Advocate staff

Congregation Kehillath Israel (KI) in Brookline will soon embark on a $15 million renovation and expansion project. The synagogue, located on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner, has plans to refurbish the sanctuary and other existing space to become more green, secure, and accessible. There are also plans for a modern, three story glass structure on one side of the building which will include a new social hall, preschool, and offices. The site of the existing social hall will make way for senior housing. The leadership of KI envisions creating not just a new synagogue space, but a Jewish center that will offer a college extension program and also house a 3,500squarefoot office area for Jewish startups and nonprofits.

“We’re really looking at making a broader campus rather than just renovating the synagogue,” said David Williams, president of the KI board. […]

KI Next in the Boston Globe

This Sunday, a story was published in the Boston Globe:
By Steve Maas GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JUNE 26, 2015

As it prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in two years, Brookline’s oldest synagogue is unveiling a plan to transform its campus and its mission for the next century.

Within five years, Congregation Kehillath Israel envisions that its 1.3-acre Harvard Street site just blocks from Coolidge Corner will feature:

■ a renovated sanctuary building;

■ a new three-story addition housing a social hall, preschool programs, and the main synagogue office;

■ a college extension program through a partnership with an as-yet unnamed university;

■ offices for Jewish nonprofits serving youths and young adults;

■ a 3,500-square-foot office area where young adults can work on innovative start-ups serving the Jewish community;

■ an apartment building for seniors, to be constructed on the site of an existing social hall on one side of the synagogue.

The goal, said Rabbi William Hamilton, who has served the […]

Neighborhood Meeting

Congregation Kehillath Israel will hold a public meeting to discuss its proposed plans to renovate its 90-year old sanctuary building located at 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, along with additions and improvements throughout the 1.3 acre Harvard Street campus.

The date of the meeting will be Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 7:30 pm in Novakoff Hall, Congregation Kehillath Israel.

The public is invited to attend.

Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to Attorney Bob Allen (ballen@boballenlaw.com)

I respect KI!

“I respect KI for transforming our community by practicing true partnerships and welcoming into its kehillah all authentic expressions of
Judaism.”