Innovative Jewish Center Designed by Landau Zehnder celebrates grand opening, serving a developing community

Landau Zinder Architecture, experts in sustainable and pioneering design of synagogue and Jewish worship study spaces, has announced the completion of work and the grand opening of the Yakov and Hava Tilias Chabad Synagogue in nearby Clinton, New Jersey. Combining learning environments and community facilities with a sunlit sanctuary of worship, the innovative community center will serve as the new home for Chabad of educational activities and programs in Hunterdon County, and host regular worship services for the Jewish community in Central New Jersey at large.

Built over the past two years on 10 acres, Telyas Center houses pre-kindergarten, Hebrew and adult education classrooms, as well as an outdoor learning space and playground, serving dozens of students and their students. families daily. According to engineer Joshua Zinder, AIA, LEED AP, who led the design effort for Landau Zinder, the elevated size of the campus accommodates up to 150 worshipers for worship services.

The Tilias Center also includes meeting rooms, offices, a kosher kitchen, a youth lounge, a communal library, a media room, and parking for more than 70 cars, according to Zinder.

says Zinder, who is also a managing partner at Princeton-based global architecture and interior design firm JZA+D and direct past president of AIA-New Jersey. “The Telias Chabad Jewish Center represents the best of our combined approaches, and we expect it to be an active and dynamic center of Jewish life in Hunterdon County for decades.”

The building’s particularly modern exterior includes materials and finishes that blend in with the surrounding context, such as field stone, glass, and a flexible facade designed for beauty and durability. Inside, devotees and community members enjoy an elevated sanctuary volume bathed in natural daylight through full height glass walls. The center’s other welcoming and inspiring spaces are elegantly appointed in natural wood and stone, illuminated by a combination of natural daylight from structural-style windows and high-efficiency LED fixtures.

According to a statement from Rabbi Eli Kornfield, who co-founded Chabad in Hunterdon County with his wife Rachel in 2004, “This is the beginning of an exciting new era for the community. This modern center will allow Chabad to better serve our ever-growing portfolio of community-wide programs and events.” .

The Jewish Center of Telias Chabad celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, September 11, at 3:00 p.m.

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