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rabbi mosbacher working in the rooftop garden with nursery school students
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Temple Shaaray Tefila is proud to announce an exciting project to renovate the roof of the building. This unique project allows us to reimagine our outdoor space for the future, not only to build a state-of-the-art rooftop to inspire the next generation of learners in our nursery school, the roof will be designed so that it can be a place of gathering for the entire temple community, including adult programs and private events.

By reorienting the play structure location and adding a beautiful new garden, we will have an inviting multi-purpose space that our congregants will appreciate, use, and enjoy!

nursery school student working in the garden
nursery school students playing on a tricycle and holding a ball

Click on the photo above to see the full size photos in our slideshow.


May + Watkins, the design firm we have chosen, has worked with several local congregations on their rooftop playground renovations, including Stephen Wise Free Synagogue and Central Synagogue. They are also responsible for the incredible EatSleepPlay exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, as well as many other notable projects.

Above: Slideshow of the model of the rooftop created by May + Watkins. The model pictured is not to scale and some elements of the design may be subject to change.

full model of the rooftop renovation by may + watkins (subject to change)
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In anticipation of the grand opening
of the Nursery School in September 1993, the current rooftop play structure was installed as a means to provide
our Nursery School children with outdoor space, a school-run garden,
and an event space for families with young children.

children playing on the current playground structure

Over the past 29 years, over 4,000 children have enriched their preschool experience by running, climbing, sliding, planting, and growing together. Playtime is an invaluable time in which children build meaningful connections, develop lasting friendships, and test the limits of their minds and bodies. We are inspired by the opportunity to create a state-of-the-art rooftop space to inspire the next generation of learners. Through this community building initiative, we will enhance the greatness of the Nursery School even further.

Family event on the rooftop


To learn about naming opportunities or for more information about this campaign to enrich the lives of our Nursery School children and the entire Shaaray Tefila community, please contact

Hallie Golden, Director of Development

(212) 328-9393 or

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