Muenchrath A

Our Temple is without a doubt one of the most identifiable landmarks in Des Moines. Whether you are on your way to the Art Center or running in the Des Moines Marathon you can’t help but notice our beautiful synagogue. With that in mind, our staff is very much aware that caring for and being good stewards of the Temple is one of the most importance tasks entrusted to them.Our Temple is without a doubt one of the most identifiable landmarks in Des Moines. Whether you are on your way to the Art Center or running in the Des Moines Marathon you can’t help but notice our beautiful synagogue. With that in mind, our staff is very much aware that caring for and being good stewards of the Temple is one of the most importance tasks entrusted to them.

Last year, you may remember, we made sure that we addressed waterproofing our Sanctuary. The roofs in that area were replaced or repaired and tuck pointing was completed. Now that the exterior work of the Sanctuary is complete, the next step was to focus on the interior ceilings and walls that were damaged by water. 

You may have noticed a few ceramic tiles had come loose from the dome and water spots were seen seeping through the paint in other areas. Our own staff, Jacob Heilman and Charles Stanton, stepped forward and offered to do the repairs and saving the Temple thousands of dollars. The work they have done looks amazing, and I hope that you will be able to see it for yourself very soon.  

Of course, repairing the tiles and water stains was not an easy task. Repairing the damaged paint was pretty easy, but getting up high above the sanctuary floor was a challenge. Jake rented a lift that would extend high enough to reach the ceiling that needed attention. Thankfully, the repairs to our sanctuary our scheduled to be completed the first week of August. 

Not only have improvements been made to the Temple structure, but we have also recently purchased new prayer books for the High Holidays. The prayer books have arrived and our Worship Committee and Choir have already begun to put them into use. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a donation in honor of, in celebration of, or in memory of a loved one. If you’re interested in making a donation of a name plate, please see the order form.  We will be working diligently to have the name plates placed in the new prayer books in time for the High Holidays. 

Hopefully I will see many of you as we come together for the High Holidays and we can all be thankful for our beautiful Temple and be thankful for everything all of us give to keep our Temple a place of sacred beauty.

David Muenchrath

Executive Director

Worship Schedule

29 Sep 2017
06:00PM -
Kol Nidrei
30 Sep 2017
10:00AM -
Yom Kippur

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