...we're just completing a new social hall/library/school/museum addition to our historic (1876) building. We tore down the 1950s inadequate (and quite ugly) addition and are replacing it with something more in keeping, externally/architecturally, to our original temple. This is no small feat when you have only the one small block and historic district height guidelines within which to work! Rabbi is utilizing the original dedication service of 1876 as the basis of the service he's planning. Julie
June 2007 Digest 103
[RE suggested repertoire:]
Holy Place by Debbie Friedman
there is a lovely reading in the draft of Mishkan Tfilah that you might want to include for your dedication ceremony:
May the door of this Temple be wide enough to receive all who hunger for love, all who are lonely for fellowship.
May it welcome all who have cares to unburden, thanks to express, hopes to nurture.
May the door of this Temple be narrow enough to shut out pettiness and pride, envy and enmity.
May its threshold be no stumbling block to young or straying feet.
May it be too high to admit complacency, selfishness and harshness.
May this Temple be, for all who enter, the doorway to a richer and more meaningful life.