Santuary, Arts and Torahs

The following is a brief description of some the highlighted items in our building: (some images enlarge by clicking them)

Albert & Vera List Sanctuary 
The sanctuary is adorned with beautiful stained glass windows, bronze sanctuary fixtures, ornate Torah Scrolls, and an Eternal Light. The Eternal Light was designed as a reminder of the Burning Bush containing the word “eheyeh”, used by G-d to inform Moses of His name, I Am That I Am.

Sanctuary fixtures 
The fixtures and furniture in the List Sanctuary are inscribed with Hebrew words traditionally used to describe the Jewish ethical attributes. The reading desk for the Torah contains the words “Torat Emet”, the Torah of Truth, and the side lecterns read “tzedek” meaning righteousness, and “emet”, truth.

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Sanctuary Windows
Six stained glass windows, designed by Robert Sowers in 1961, represent the cycle of the Jewish holidays: Pesach, Sukkot, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Shabbat, and are paired in a definite and significant order.

Yamim Noraim







The Ark
Designed by Israeli artist Moshe Zabari, the outside doors contain the Hebrew letters spelling Hallelujah with references to the biblical description of the Creation. The menorahs on either side of the bimah were designed specially for Temple Sholom, and are inscribed with the word the word “Shalom”, meaning peace.

The Aron with Torah

The Aron with Torahs


Tunick Chapel Window
The theme of this window, a gift of Arthur and Carol Hershaft in loving memory of Leon, Florence and Barry Hershaft, is Shalom - Peace. The over arching green is meant to represent the olive branch that moves like a rainbow or covenant. Below it is the representation of conflict, strife, and the daily concerns we all experience as human beings. The olive branch provides shelter as we try to achieve peace and balance.

Tunick Chapel Window

Holocaust Torah
This sacred Torah was rescued from the rubble of a small synagogue in Czechoslovakia. It is displayed, with reverence, as a memorial to the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust and as a remembrance of the thousands of Torahs, holy books and religious objects that were destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. We are grateful to Linda and Edmund Baulsir for retrieving this Torah from the Westminster Synagogue in London.

The Holocaust Scroll