A new hall and apartments for the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation

January 22, 2021 by Henry Benjamin
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The Brisbane Hebrew Congregation has overwhelmingly given the thumbs up for the design for its new communal hall.

The proposed office tower

The original hall was built in 1955 behind the synagogue and behind it, a new 46-storey office block is to be constructed subject to DA.

Brisbane Council is keen to have lanes between its city blocks and the office building developer approached the synagogue board suggesting that the site of hall could part of the podium for the new tower and assist with laneway request.

The board agreed and the development approval for the new building has been lodged.

Synagogue and the new hall/apartment building behind with its roof garden

Vice-President of the Brisbane Jewish Congregation David Paratz told J-Wire: “If all goes to plan, we will get a brand new  hall with three stories plus an underground car park and a roof garden which will house our Succah.”

The planned building will not only house the new hall but also six apartments available to rent.

David Paretz told J-Wire that once the building is complete the title for the area on which the hall is being built will revert to the BHC.

He added: “One unit could be used as the rabbi’s residence. The new hall will be air-conditioned and will have disabled access.”

Commenting on the synagogue’s new neighbour, David Paretz: “This is the first time we have seen the design and it looks as if it will be a world-class piece of architecture.”

The synagogue itself, which is a State heritage-listed building, and has one of the highest heritage ratings in the Brisbane CBD, is not affected or altered in any way.


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