Temple Emanu-El

The Sanctuary Restoration Campaign

Jessica Weber Design, Inc.

Art Director
Jessica Weber

Tyler Bush

Temple Emanu-El is the first Reform Jewish congregation in New York City. Because of its size and prominence, it has served as a flagship congregation in the Reform branch of Judaism since its founding in 1845.

The building at 65th Street and Fifth Avenue is one of the largest synagogues in the world. Built between 1928 and 1929, it features Moorish Revival architecture with art deco ornamentation. The main sanctuary’s detail is extraordinary: intricate mosaics, a boldly painted and guilded ceiling, stained glass windows, marble and stone carvings — even the metalwork of each door handle and radiator grille is a work of art.

We created the materials for Temple Emanu-El’s capital campaign to raise over $35 million to clean and restore the sanctuary and modernize structural integrity, electric, plumbing, sound, and lighting systems. This project was an unforgettable opportunity for me to experience the Temple’s architectural details up close to art direct photography.

The companion piece we designed for the Temple’s rededication ceremony celebrated its brightly restored details in vivid color that had not been seen for decades.

  • Editorial design
  • Art direction of photography
  • Print production
  • Project management