Our Building

Sanctuary and Surlow Hall

Our beautiful modern sanctuary seats 318 people for regular worship services, life cycle events and programs. The Sanctuary designed by Phillip Katz and dedicated in 2009 is enhanced by a movable bima, a state of the art sound system and artwork by internationally known Judaic artist Tobi Kahn.

For large ceremonies and services, the Sanctuary and Surlow Hall are able to accommodate a total capacity of 1000 people, including a mezzanine level and an expansion area at the rear of Sanctuary.

Surlow Hall enables the Congregation to provide high quality catered events and receptions. With the expansion space, over 250 people can be accommodated at tables with a dance floor. This is an excellent venue for life cycle, congregational and community events.  Surlow Hall and the expansion space can also be utilized for multiple educational, religious school and other activities, when not in use for major events.

Kitchen

Our modern fully functioning catering kitchen supports table or buffet service for a full capacity crowd in Surlow Hall. The Kitchen also allows for on-site cooking for moderate sized social events, school events and other programs. We offer table linens, ceramic plates, glasses and silverware for rentals.

Other multi-use areas

The building provides a variety of pre-function and small function spaces, including the lounge, the expansion space between the Sanctuary and Surlow Hall, the cardo/corridor outside of the Sanctuary and Surlow Hall, and the entry coming into the building from the covered driveway.  These spaces support gathering for group activities of varying sizes.

Accessibility

We work hard to be inclusive to all people who enter our building. Our entryways are wheelchair and walker accessible, and handicap parking is available. We have a gender neutral and family bathroom on the first floor, and all bathrooms are equipped with changing tables. We have hearing devices and large print books available during services.

Thinking Green

We are committed to being as environmentally conscious as possible.

  • The facility includes a “green” HVAC ice storage system to more efficiently control and regulate interior temperature.
  • There are also operable windows, a “green roof” over the covered entrance to the building, and natural materials.
  • We recycle plastic and paper and strive to reduce our garbage for sustainability purposes.

Want to know more?

For more information about our facility including our rates for renting our various spaces, contact our executive director at (414) 228-7545 or email executivedirector@ceebj.org.