In the 1990’s, the Women of Reform Judaism undertook a long and laborious task intended to further beautify the interior of our Broad Street building. Competed in 2000, the WRJ replaced our four Torah covers with hand-stitched covers designed by local artist Jonathon Nix.
As we celebrated Rabbi Harold Salzmann’s 50th anniversary of his ordination from Hebrew Union College as well as Rabbi and Audrey Salzmann’s 50th wedding anniversary in 2000, the Temple honored the Salzmann’s commitment to youth religious education by establishing the Rabbi Harold and Audrey Salzmann Religious School Endowment, a legacy designed to benefit an important cause dear to their hearts.
In 2002, Temple Anshe Amunim enacted a capital campaign designed to meet many of the long range structural goals of our congregation. Our successful “People of Faith: Renewing the Legacy” campaign resulted in major functional and aesthetical improvements to our Temple building, most of which were completed by 2007.
Rabbis Josh Breindel and Harold Salzmann celebrate Chanukah in 2009
The mid 2000’s has led to several new developments in how Temple Anshe Amunim worships, allowing for more engaging and widespread participation in services and education. In 2007, the congregation began to adapt Mishkan T’filah, the CCAR’s latest siddur which allows for universal participation in worship through Hebrew and English translations. We have also incorporated The Torah: A Women’s Commentary into Saturday morning Shabbat services and Adult Education seminars, providing a more gender-neutral interpretation to the teachings of the Torah.
As we entered our 140th year of serving Reform Judaism in 2009, Temple Anshe Amunim welcomed Rabbi Josh Breindel to our congregation. Three years later, in 2012, the Temple saw significant expansion of it's Religious Education programming, as it's school enrollment grew fivefold in four years. With the hiring of Esther Benari-Altmann, Head of School of the now defunct Sinai Academy of the Berkshires, the Temple also embarked on an ambitious renovation project, painting, cleaning, and refurnishing the upstairs classrooms, giving our students a first-class, modern Jewish education.
2011 Passover Seder