How History Came Alive for a New Generation
Temmy Latner Forest Hill Community Centre
In the town of Jaslo, Poland, a Great Synagogue was built for a flourishing Jewish community in 1905. A beautiful old-world building, created with superior craftsmanship and detail, it came to a tragic end when German troops wilfully destroyed it in World War II. But now, that building and all it stood for, is coming back to life. Mizrahi Design Build is currently building the Temmy Latner Forest Hill Community Centre, drawing architectural inspiration from the beautiful, lost synagogue, built at a time of exquisite craftsmanship by numerous skilled artisans.
It could not have been a project better suited to the skills of Mizrahi Design Build. The 27,000 sq.ft. community facility, which includes a grand staircase, leading to an upper level with stained glass, will be an important gathering place for life-cycle events, educational programs and charitable projects, helping to underscore Jewish identity and significance. Its architectural and design details are difficult to reproduce but Mizrahi Design Build researched construction techniques in order to recreate its mosaic tiles and the complex, artisanal roof, which is comprised of zinc. Details of the past are new again, thanks to our understanding and respect for old-world craftsmanship.