Temple Beth Am

Seattle, Washington
Client: Schacht-Aslani Architects
Dates of Service: 2005-2009
Project Summary: This existing wood-framed temple needed to expand to accommodate educational programs. Schacht-Aslani Architects designed this major addition as a distinct, though attached wing, the K’hilah Center, whose elegantly simple exterior form is clad primarily with an integrally-drained and vented fiber-cement panelized cladding system in combination with curtain-wall glazing.
However, the existing portion of this building, which was wood-framed and clad primarily with an Exterior Insulation and Finish System, (EIFS), was also displaying signs of moisture intrusion and degradation, requiring evaluation, followed by complete exterior re-cladding.
PL: BECS Services: PL: BECS consulted on this project in two phases.  The first pertained to the new major expansion, the K’hilah Center. PL: BECS consulted the architects in the selection and design of the temple’s exterior envelope elements, including roofing, waterproofing, exterior claddings, masonry wall assemblies, window systems, and the basic structural components, to minimize the risk of leakage, condensation, corrosion, and degradation.
A drain-vented fiber-cement cladding integrated with exposed sheet metal flashings provided an economical and highly functional, yet elegant exterior skin for this building. The second phase of services pertained to the older temple structure.
PL: BECS evaluated this structure’s exterior envelope integrity, which revealed numerous areas of moisture infiltration, along with localized severe damage to the wood-framed structure. This evaluation resulted in the complete re-cladding and re-roofing of the entire existing structure.
The new cladding mimicked the new adjacent K’hilah center and consisted of a similar, drain-vented fiber-cement system with exposed flashings.

A Place of Spiritual Significance

Temple Beth Am holds a unique place in the community as a spiritual haven for those seeking meaning, community, and knowledge of Jewish traditions. The peaceful ambiance of the temple makes it ideal for contemplation, prayer, and personal growth on a spiritual level. If you’re looking for solace in times of trouble or a place to celebrate triumphs, Temple Beth Am is the place for you.

Historic & Culturally Significant

Temple Beth Am is an ancient synagogue that has served an important function in Jewish life and culture. Family reunions at the temple have been going on for decades, marking important life events and fostering a strong sense of belonging. The traditions and beliefs of the temple’s long-standing community remain strong today.

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Religious Services and Rituals

Temple Beth Am offers a wide range of religious services to meet the members’ diverse needs in this regard. Shabbat services, in which the community gathers to observe and celebrate the weekly day of rest, and High Holy Days festivities, in which pivotal moments in the Jewish calendar are celebrated, provide memorable and exciting experiences for individuals of all ages at the temple.

Lifecycle celebrations such as weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and naming ceremonies strengthen ties to the local community and Jewish tradition, which are all held at the temple.

Educational Programs and Lifelong Learning

Temple Beth Am places a high value on educating its members as part of its mission to care for their spiritual and intellectual development. Learning options for children, teenagers, and adults are abundant at the temple. The religious school provides a safe space for young people to study Hebrew and Judaism and to become more culturally aware.

Adult education programs give opportunities for lifelong learning and spiritual growth through lectures, workshops, and discussion groups on a wide range of topics of Jewish interest.

Community Engagement and Social Justice

Temple Beth Am places a premium on social justice initiatives and community participation. The temple strives to be a positive force in the community by supporting local nonprofits through donations and collaborating with businesses.

Through involvement, advocacy, and awareness programs, Temple Beth Am promotes social justice values to help build a more accepting and equitable community.

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