Urban Tabernacle: Chabad Synagogue
New York, New York
Professional Project with ME Architect
The design for this Chabad synagogue in lower Manhattan was based on the proportions and programmatic organization of the Tabernacle that the ancient Israelites used as place of worship during their 40-year sojourn in the desert.
Instead of the curtain that adorned the entry of the Tabernacle, the front of the synagogue is a transparent glass facade behind a metal screen. The activities of the social hall are visible from the street, welcoming visitors to participate. The transparency compliments Chabad's mission of hospitality and outreach.