Congregation Kehillath Israel

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Congregation KI Exterior Credit: Handlin, Garrahan and Associates

Project details

Congregation Kehillath Israel

Brookline, MA

Congregation Kehillath Israel began as a small collective in 1911. In celebration of its centennial year in 2017, they dedicated themselves to creating a multi-generational, innovative and inclusive center for Jewish learning and worship.

Kaplan recently completed the exterior restoration to the congregation’s sanctuary and school, which were originally constructed in 1924. The project featured a new terra cotta tile roof, gutters, and main staircase to the Sanctuary, and required the production of cast stone pieces to match the original texture, color and architectural design to restore the masonry. Kaplan is currently providing construction management services for the second phase of the project, the complete interior renovation to the existing buildings and a 10,000 SF addition. The work, designed to improve the facilities and make them ADA compliant, includes heavy structural modifications, installation of a new elevator, and modern HVAC, mechanical, and lighting systems. The new addition will create a spectacular social hall with a catering kitchen for hosting special events.

Kaplan’s preconstruction expertise and long resume of building houses of worship in Greater Boston were key factors in their early selection, despite the conceptual design still being developed. The five year preconstruction phase consisted of numerous design concepts, budget analyses, and brainstorming to craft the temple’s new mission and identity. Kaplan played the critical role of balancing the congregation’s vision with their fundraising efforts.

  • It is our mission to create a model for 21st century urban Judaism that serves our congregants and inspires the broader Jewish community. Kaplan took the time to understand our needs, expectations, and concerns, and has provided us with open communication and innovative solutions. The dedication they apply to successfully complete a job and achieve a customer’s full satisfaction is unmatched. They even took the time to locate the original manufacturer of the century-old Spanish tiles for the roof replacement, and worked with them to have tiles custom matched and made.
    Marc PlonskierBuilding Committee ChairmanCongregation Kehillath Israel




Handlin, Garrahan and Associates

Services Provided

  • Preconstruction Planning
  • Construction Management