Every day so far on the Partners in Preservation initiative, I’ve looked at the public voting and thought, Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn must be packing in the votes from the strength of a community that deeply cares about the future of its architectural home. That’s actually a bit of an understatement because as you can see from the video below by Reel Works, its success in the competition is derived from the communities, plural, that have come together. The heartwarming story of nearby Old First Reformed Church offering their church and staff to Beth Elohim for Yom Kippur when their ceiling collapsed, is replicated in Beth Elohim’s service to the local community, particularly in their program for neighborhood children of all backgrounds. Without further ado, I’ll let the video tell the story of this beautiful building and community organization supporting it–a story of giving and acceptance that may ultimate save the building’s architecture.
Congregation Beth Elohim [Map]
274 Garfield Place
New York, NY 11215
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