Temple Beth Elohim



Temple Beth Elohim


Temple Beth Elohim


Wellesley, MA




42,000 GSF

This synagogue for Temple Beth Elohim, on the site of their existing facility, features a flexible sanctuary which accommodates up to 1,000 people during High Holy Days while still providing an intimate setting for 400 during weekly services. The temple is sensitively sited to take full advantage of the surrounding wooded hillside and nearby wetlands. The transparency of the façade connects the front and rear courtyards to the major interior gathering spaces including the sanctuary and social hall.

Awards + Recognition

2015 BSA Harleston Parker Medal Finalist

2015 BSA Interior Architecture/Interior Design Award

2014 BSA Harleston Parker Medal Finalist

2013 AIA New England Design Excellence Honor Award

2012 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

2012 Faith&Form Magazine/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture Award for New Facilities

2011 BSA Design Excellence Honor Award

2011 CMAA New England Building Project of the Year Award for Building Under $20M

Boston Sunday Globe, “At Temple, A Masterwork,” Robert Campbell, Oct 9, 2011

Architectural Record, “Guiding Lights, Temple Beth Elohim,” Nov 1, 2012

The Boston Globe Opinion, “Building a sanctuary,” Joan Wickersham, Oct 19, 2012

Faith & Form Journal, “Lay of the Land,” Joseph Geller and Deb Michener, Fall 2010

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | Cosentini Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer | Stantec

Landscape Architecture | Stantec

Lighting Consultant | Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Acoustical Engineer | Kirkegaard Associates + Acentech

Theater Consultant | Theatre Projects Consultants, Inc.

Interior Designer | Dietz & Associates

Artists | Peter Diepenbrock + Kate Kaman and Joel Erland + Gordon Hauther

Photographer | Bruce T. Martin

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