Congregation Kol Shalom in Annapolis will sport a new look for the Jewish year 5775, including a more contemporary sanctuary and a new school wing. The synagogue is more than halfway to its goal of raising $1.2 million for the capital campaign that is expected to include additional classroom space for its current students, a media room and two classrooms dedicated for a preschool.
The Tree of Life Preschool, as it will be known, is expected to include children ages 2 to 5 and be open for the September 2015 school year. Work on the sanctuary and office facilities is complete. Groundbreaking for the school expansion is set for Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. An additional 2,650 square feet will be added to the existing 5,500 square foot building. “Things are moving along.
We have spruced up our sanctuary,” said synagogue president Howard Salob. The congregation decided to increase the size of its school since “we are attracting younger members with young families, and we feel there was a need,” Salob said. “To keep pace with the demands of today, as well as to ensure the sustainability and future of Kol Shalom, expansion and renovation of the current buildings are needed,” he said.
Kol Shalom has been at its current location on Hidden Meadow Lane since 1981, when it was then called Kol Ami. In 2008, the synagogue merged with Nevey Shalom Congregation in Bowie and was renamed Kol Shalom. It has about 140 families with roughly 40 children in its school.