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 Award Interior Architecture/Interior Design

Two-Time BSA Harleston Parker Medal Finalist (2014-2015)

2013 AIA New England Design Excellence Honor Award

2012 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

2012 Faith&Form Magazine / IFRAA Religious Architecture Merit Award

2011 BSA Design Excellence Honor Award

2011 CMAA New England Building Project of the Year 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 | Robert J. Buda Associates

Landscape Architecture | Kelly / Varnell, Inc.

Lighting Consultant | Ripman Lighting Consultants

Acoustical Engineer | Kirkegaard Associates

Interior Designer | Dietz + Associates

Photographer | Bruce T. Martin