We’re putting up the most frequently asked questions we’ve received on the KI Next project, and will be updating them as things change.

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The KI Next vision is to advance the KI community as a model campus and organization for 21st century urban Judaism. KI Next includes the development of a modern, multi-generational, and traditional Jewish community; the renewal and restoration of our sacred spaces and campus; active partnering with community organizations; and the creation of a campus and institution that helps foster Jewish belonging and awareness in the 21st century.
Practicing partnership is a focus at KI. We currently have active partnerships with 30 organizations, including organizations across Worship, Education, College, Israel, Inclusion, and large agencies . Practicing partnership is a major tenet of the KI Next vision. As such, we will continue to cultivate strong relationships across Jewish life to ensure the realization of our KI Next vision to become an urban center for 21st century Judaism.
On January 11, 2016, KI’s Board of Trustees approved Phase I of the KI Next project. This phase of construction will be solely focused on the sanctuary/main building’s exterior masonry and roofing. This phase of construction is expected to begin in April 2016, and to be completed by Thanksgiving 2016.
The current plan is for two phases. Phase I will be focused on the sanctuary/main building’s exterior masonry and roofing. Phase II will be focused on the interior and social hall addition.
The KI Next Steering Committee expects to submit Phase II for approval in the spring of 2016. Before submitting for Phase II approval, the KI Next Steering Committee will: Secure a total of $12 million in total pledges/commitments. Secure bank financing. Secure permitting from the Town of Brookline. Receive approval from KI’s Board of Trustees.
KI’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved Phase I of the KI Next project during the January 11, 2016 Board meeting. This phase of construction will be solely focused on the sanctuary/main building’s exterior masonry and roofing. This phase of construction is expected to begin in April 2016, and to be completed by Thanksgiving 2016. The current plan is for Phase II – to include interior construction, as well as construction of the social hall addition – to begin in the summer of 2016. Overall project completion is expected before the High Holy Days in 2017.
The KI Next Steering Committee has been very focused on the transition period, as we acknowledge the need to minimize disruption to our KI community during this time. While these transition plans are being finalized, current plans include securing nearby locations for the High Holy Days 2016, moving primary functions from the sanctuary/main building into the Epstein building (to include KINS, KIRS, and other vital programs), and identifying satisfactory solutions for our B’nei Mitzvah families. As the transition plans are finalized, more information will be communicated to specific groups and the congregation as a whole.
While final plans and agreements haven’t been formalized, the KI Next Steering Committee has identified a number of nearby locations to accommodate the entire KI community for High Holy Day services in 2016. Our Committee will share specific plans as they are finalized.
KI’s nursery school will be fully functioning during the transition period. KI’s nursery school operations and classes will all be moved into Epstein during the 2016-2017 school year. Upon completion of the KI Next building project, all KI nursery school activities will be moved into the new building.
The current costs for the KI Next project are estimated to be $17.2 million. These costs are all-inclusive (as they include construction, financing, permitting, etc.).
As of March 2016, over $10 million has been pledged in support of KI Next. At this time, enough commitments/dollars are “in hand” to support Phase I of the KI Next project.
Yes. While the large majority of KI Next funding will be generated through the generosity of our KI community, additional sources of funds will include historic tax credits, as well as funding from KI’s key anchor partners in the KI Next project.
As of January 2016, approximately $1 million in funds have been spent in support of the KI Next project.
This is still to be determined. While the current funding climate makes the timing advantageous to finance this project if necessary, the KI Next Steering Committee will seek to minimize overall project costs via financing.
The KI Next Steering Committee has been focused on this project for close to five years. The Committee has consistently reviewed vision, costs, plans, and fundraising. As such, the Committee feels strongly that the overall project will come in “at budget.”
In any large campaign it is common practice to rededicate named spaces if they are being changed by renovation or new construction. All current families who have dedicated walls, rooms, etc that might be changed or eliminated by the building project will be contacted by the KI Next Steering Committee. We will create a donor wall or area for plaques that need to be moved. We want to continue to recognize the past support we received from our founding families. New spaces that are created by the new construction provide opportunities for naming in recognition of current members or as memorials to loved ones. If you are interested in a naming opportunity, please contact Daniel Friedman at djfriedman@hotmail.com
We are glad you asked! There are many ways to donate, including: Visiting http://kehillathisrael.org/donate/ Calling KI’s main office at 617-277-9155 Requesting a personal meeting or phone call by emailing campaign@kehillathisrael.org
The KI Next project has been launched as a 5-year campaign.
The KI Next project is being governed by KI’s Board of Trustees, while a number of KI lay leaders and Board members are leading the overall project. The KI Next Steering Committee include (in alphabetical order): Maria Benet, Daniel Friedman, Josh Friedman, Rabbi Hamilton, Markus Orchowski, Marc Plonskier, Jennie Roffman, Debra Shapiro, Jason Skolnick, Geraldine Acuna Sunshine, and David Williams.
We’re glad you asked! There are a number of roles for volunteers – and not all roles involve fundraising. There is a need for volunteers in the areas of: alumni engagement, transition planning, grant writing and more. Please contact the KI Next Steering Committee at campaign@kehillathisrael.org for more details.
As part of the overall visioning process for KI Next, the KI Next Steering Committee – as well as KI’s Board of Trustees – intends to enter into a relationship with JCHE (Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly). JCHE will be entering into a 75-year land lease with KI to build senior housing where the current Epstein Auditorium stands. KI will be leveraging revenues from this relationship with JCHE in support of the KI Next building fund, operational revenues, and future programming. KI is excited about this relationship with JCHE, since it deepens the strong focus on multi-generational planning across the KI campus.
This was a question considered by the KI Next Steering Committee. Ultimately, the decision against this possibility was made for three primary reasons: KI was seeking a mission-consistent partner, which would assist in the overall vision of creating a multi-generational campus. KI was seeking to monetize the Epstein land, in order to support operational revenues and programming. The costs of completely renovating Epstein – as well as integrating the renovated Epstein and connectors to the main building – were far higher than building a new social hall on the garden side.
No, KI is entering into a 75-year land-lease with JCHE for the land.
While final terms of the KI-JCHE agreement are still to be finalized, KI’s Board of Trustees believes that the terms will maximize the total value that can be generated.
The terms are still being finalized, and will be subject to approval by both KI’s Board of Trustees as well as the Town of Brookline. It should be noted that KI’s Board of Trustees – per the agreement to be finalized with JCHE – has approval rights