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Exploring a New Bonai Building:  Current Status

  • Nothing has been decided yet – your input matters!
  • Bonai Shalom is working to evaluate the possibility of building a new synagogue campus because:
  1. The offer of land on the commons has a fixed reasonable time window for Bonai to take action
  2. The current building is struggling to accommodate the current demands of the community for programming and worship space
  3. The current building has flooded three times in the last 12 months and was prone to floods before that as well
  • The Board of Directors authorized explorations into the possibility of building a new synagogue campus on approx. 2.25 acres on the Boulder Jewish Commons across Cherryvale Rd. from Bonai’s current location. 
  • Finegold Alexander Architects (FAA) have been hired to facilitate community visioning about what may be possible with a new synagogue campus. 
  • FAA’s deliverable will be an architectural concept plan that will used to determine if there is adequate community support to move forward with the vision of the new synagogue campus. 


  • In-person and Zoom community meetings were held on July 13th and 14th in which congregants had the opportunity to share their visions, desires, hopes and dreams for a new synagogue campus.  
  • Since that time, FAA has been working to (1) distill that feedback into a set of Guiding Principles to guide their design work, (2) to understand the various site characteristics, opportunities, and constraints that may impact where a building is situated on the land, and (3) how the communities hopes and dreams translate into programmatic elements and space needs.  
  • A congregation-wide community meeting will take place via Zoom on August 24th from 7pm-9pm.  FAA will be presenting the Guiding Principles, their initial work on Sustainability and Site Considerations, and Space Programming Concepts.  Congregant feedback will be solicited.  This meeting will be recorded and available for viewing after the meeting for those unable to attend.  
  • A sneak peak version of the Guiding Principles that FAA came up with is here.  
Sat, October 16 2021 10 Cheshvan 5782