Beth El
Phase 1

Beth El Synagogue
Omaha, NE
Completion date
January 1997

Since 1989, RDG has been involved in three phases of construction for the Beth El Community. RDG associated with the firm of Notter, Finegold + Alexander of Boston for the Phase I development of a new facility.

The completed 35,000-square-foot building includes a 480-seat sanctuary, expandable to 780 seats; meeting rooms and administrative offices; a chapel; a 350-person-capacity social hall; and support spaces. The building has a number of special features that express both the needs and aspirations of the congregation. The exterior recalls the form of antecedents in Jewish architecture, including the multi-tiered wooden synagogues of eastern Europe and the arches and colors of Jerusalem. The sanctuary itself provides a soaring space at once inspiring and intimate, even when expanded through a ring of meeting-room modules on the perimeter. RDG staff developed the preliminary program for the building and established the concept of an articulated, village-like cluster of structures. 

Multipurpose gathering space at Beth El Synagogue.
Interior worship space at Beth El Synagogue.
Exterior of Beth El Synagogue.
Multipurpose gathering space at Beth El Synagogue.