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See changes in historic Temple Beth El and open house Tuesday and Wednesday

The city’s first synagogue is ready for its closeup. Temple Beth El’s open house and tour is Tuesday evening or Wednesday afternoon.

“You’re invited to come schmooze with our clergy, explore the new building, enjoy lite bites and receive a welcome gift for attending,” the temple announced.

Registration is required. Click here or call 561-391-8900.

The open house is on the Schaefer Family Campus, 333 SW Fourth Ave. just south of Palmetto Park Road. Tours of the redesigned building will begin every few minutes in the first half-hour from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 27 and noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.

The temple was founded in 1967 and the city building followed in 1973. It has been visibly under construction and the city’s Community Appearance Board signed off on all new signage last week.

Renovations on the Beck Family campus on Yamato Road in West Boca were finished in the spring.

The 1,500-family Reform congregation calls the updates in the original building a renewal. It’s marked by 16-foot ceilings and colorful art with a theme. “The artwork reflects the congregation’s values,” explained Susan Stallone, marketing and communications director.

Among the changes is a porte-cochere in the front to help cover arriving members and guests in bad weather.

There’s a flexible learning space and a new 250-seat chapel “that connects the worship experience to nature,” she said.

The social hall was redecorated with new chandeliers. The courtyard will be landscaped for outdoor worship or a pre-party space, Stallone added.

Touch screens in a hallway will keep members up to date on temple events. The sanctuary was updated last summer, she said.

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