Temple Menorah

Client Temple Menorah
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Interior Design
  • Permitting
  • Contract Administration
Status Completed in 2022
Success An historically significant house of worship is refashioned and updated to meet the needs of current and future generations.

Temple Menorah

Miami Beach, FL

The redesign of Temple Menorah expresses the fundamental values of this enduring congregation: unadorned authenticity of purpose and a light and bright setting that embraces social, familial, and spiritual life.

Built in 1951, Temple Menorah was last renovated in the 1960s, when a new wave of Jewish emigres arrived from Cuba, enlivening the established congregation with vibrant new traditions and spurring on modernization. At that time, Architect Morris Lapidus — acknowledged as the creator of the “Miami Modern” style with his architectural designs for the iconic Fountainebleau and Eden Roc hotels, Lincoln Road Mall, and other outstanding projects — was chosen to update the then decades-old synagogue.

Now, some 60 years later, another permutation is called for, and SRS is tasked with refreshing the entire interior of the 12,000 SF ground floor in the spirit of Morris Lapidus while applying 21st century technology and materials. Under redefinition are the sanctuary, chapel, and extensive social, event, and catering spaces that comprise the first floor of the three-story structure. Featuring light-hued White Oak wood throughout, transparent glass room dividers, and minimalistic mid-Century furnishings, the congregational spaces offer an airy and serene setting for spiritual contemplation, solace, and life celebrations.

In addition to the interior refurbishment, SRS has assessed and hardened the building exterior for security and safety concerns, including window replacements with hurricane-resistant glass, as well as creation of new signage and memorialization opportunities.