Congregation Beth Shalom moves to new space


Congregation Beth Shalom has a new home for the new year.

The temple has moved its services and activities to 849 W. 96th St., Indianapolis.

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“We wanted everything under one roof,” said Karen Friedman, president of the Beth Shalom board. “We had been having our worship services at University High School. We had held our Sunday school classes at what was our multi-purpose building (in Zionsville) and held our board meetings there, but we outgrew it.”

Friedman, a Carmel resident, said the new space will need some work for services and activities.

“The attorney who owns the building said we have use of the whole building if we want it,” Friedman said. “We have ample square footage for our needs and space to grow, but we need to make changes for our uses. We’ll have a facilities committee, and they will get things started. It’s things as small as putting up coat racks to putting lights up. There is work to make the sanctuary look like we want it to look.”

The temple is expected to hold an open house when the changes are complete.

Friedman said the initial lease, which was effective Jan. 1, is for one year. The temple held services in the new space as a trial run in September.

“Everybody loved it,” Friedman said.

Friedman said there are 85 households in the congregation and nearly all of the families are from Carmel, most on the southwest side of town.

“God willing, the time will come and we’ll grow, and we will be building in the Carmel area (in the future),” Friedman said. “We are intentionally keeping our Carmel mailing address. This building is 15 feet from the (Hamilton) county line.”

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