In 1985, when TI inaugurated its High Holy Day tent service, five congregants designed and built the tent’s ark, torah stand and reader’s desks. Later dubbed the Ark Builders, they have continued to beautify the Temple and augment its furnishings over the intervening 27 years by building reader’s desks for the chapel and Sanctuary; a portable ark for the Religious School and another for the Nursery School; a tallit chest, bulletin board and display case for the lobby; a sukkah; a lectern and Kiddush table for the Sanctuary; and room dividers for the Social Hall. They involved over 80 members of the congregation in building a new Sanctuary Ark, and a similar number in rebuilding the Sanctuary bimah.
They’ve served the wider community by building a playhouse/castle for the Morse Institute Children’s Library, a lobby table for the Hartford Street Presbyterian Church, a reception desk for the Place To Turn food pantry, and a portable ark for the Metrowest Jewish Day School. They are currently engaged in helping to provide homes for the homeless by renovating vacant Natick Housing Authority family units.
Read – If You Build It, They Will Come—to Synagogue – by Paula Jacobs