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About Us

Founded in 1978, our membership is representative of the broader community: mature couples, singles, "traditional" Jewish families, interfaith families, and gay and lesbian Jews. 

There is always something exciting going on at Bnai Keshet. In addition to our lively, spiritual Shabbat services and holiday celebrations, we offer an extensive adult education program and a wide range of Jewish cultural events. We are committed to social action -- Tikkun Olam -- to help repair the world in which we live.

Our Buildings
99 South Fullerton

Bnai Keshet's main building is an architectural gem. Designed by Princeton architect Michael Mostoller it is fully contemporary, while at the same time complementing the turn-of-the-century Red Gables. The sanctuary entryway and windows, designed by pre-eminent architectural glass artist Sarah Hall, gives the space a glowing, spiritual presence. The ark doors, made from the root of a redwood tree, were designed by master woodworker Mira Nakashima of the internationally known Nakashima Studio. Ms. Nakashima also designed the Torah and the readers' lectern, while the ner tamid (eternal light) is another Sarah Hall work of art.

Members of Bnai Keshet were closely involved in the layout of the new sanctuary, which is designed according to Reconstructionist principles. It is round, allowing for a sense of intimacy and the ability to see and speak to other members of the congregation. There is no raised bima from which the services are conducted, highlighting the non-hierarchical nature of Reconstructionist communities and services. There is no fixed seating, allowing for maximum flexibility and experimentation with room set-up and service styles. The sanctuary has an organic, natural quality and is designed to be family-friendly, with a glassed-in, soundproof "baby gallery" for families with young children.

Red Gables

Bnai Keshet's historic home is listed in both the New Jersey and U.S. Registries of Historic Buildings. Bnai Keshet restored the building, a former residence known as "Red Gables," with the help of a $180,765 matching grant for the exterior from the New Jersey Historic Trust. The building once belonged to Florence Rand Lang, a prominent Montclair artist, woodcarver and cultural patron.
 

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