Just in time for Hannukah, Park Avenue Synagogue (PAS) officially opened its new and expanded campus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. With 97% participation in its Capital Campaign, A Synagogue in Action: Building the Future, the synagogue raised $96 million to meet the needs of its growing and vibrant community which is bursting at the seams.
To mark the culmination of this six-year effort, PAS hosted a celebratory rededication event on Sunday, December 8th. Honored guests included Cardinal Timothy Dolan and religious leaders of multiple faiths. Major benefactors were honored and the entire community participated in this once-in-a-generation moment.
The 87th Street building was previously renovated in 1981 when The New York Times hailed the effort as an ‘act of civic generosity.’
The week prior to the event, Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove told eJP that “it was critical that throughout the development of the new campus the buildings continued to reflect our commitment to tradition and change. The success of PAS is not just about our physical architecture, it’s about our spiritual architecture – a community that meets people where they are and inspires them to journey to where they aspire to be.”