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About Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
People are so intrigued by the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation’s new synagogue that the congregation recently started giving tours. Designed by the acclaimed Chicago architect Carol Ross Barney, the striking box-shaped building is clad in 18,000 feet of reclaimed cypress (recycled from antique mushroom huts). Driven by their commitment to “Tikkun Olam” — Hebrew for “repairing the world” — the Congregation has built what is widely recognized as “the greenest synagogue in the world,” a physical embodiment of JRC’s belief in sustainability and ethical architecture. But the building is much more than an exercise in noble intentions: It is an inspiring and gorgeous space that elevates everyone who enters it.