Revitalization

Broad Street Synagogue, 2012The revitalization of the Broad Street Synagogue, from its inception, has developed as a collective effort of arts, education, and community development non-profits tied intimately to the South Providence landscape. One of our main goals is to ensure that this space remains community-centered.

Coming soon! Listen to Adam Bush and Sam Seidel discuss how they got involved in effort to save Broad Street Synagogue.

Project accomplishments:

  • Establishment of the Friends of the Broad Street Synagogue, a group of local residents dedicated to preserving this historic community space.
  • Community dialogues, open houses, and tours have been organized since the fall of 2011 in collaboration with different organizations and community residents to inform the early stages of the revitalization and re‐imagination of this space. These initiatives have brought over 1,000 Providence residents through the building.
  • Multiyear research and service projects have been launched with Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, and Roger Williams University. Graduate and undergraduate students have provided architectural plans, oral history projects, curriculum design, service initiatives, archival tasks, business plan development, and website design.
  • The Friends of Broad Street Synagogue won a competitive selection process to design bus shelters installed outside the building in 2014. These shelters reflect the history of the temple through artistic depictions of the original stained glass, pews, and school desks from the building.
  • Members, staff, and board members of the following organizations have hosted and/or attended tours, lectures, and events at the Broad Street Synagogue:

Youth In Action
AS220
City Arts
The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
New Urban Arts
The Rhode Island Foundation
Amos House
Providence Preservation Society
Rhode Island Historical Society
Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association
Southside Community Land Trust
The MET School and Big Picture Learning

Want to get involved? Have questions? Please contact us.

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