Temple Beth Elohim

Wellesley, Massachusetts
United States

Temple Beth Elohim features a flexible sanctuary which can accommodate up to 1,000 patrons during High Holy Days while providing an intimate setting during weekly services. Careful visual balance and glare control within the residential community was critical considering the building consists mostly of transparent glass walls. The sanctuary softly glows at night from a combination of layers of light, stimulating a nighttime glow.

State-of-the-art technologies used throughout include superior color rendering ceramic metal halide lamps, reduced-wattage, long-life energy-efficient halogen lamps, and warm white LEDs. Extensive daylighting studies were performed to balance the transparency and sun control within the sanctuary and determine the openness and tilt of the east facing wooden screen behind the arc.

  • Architectural Lighting
  • Daylighting
  • Cultural
  • 42,000 sq.ft. | 3,902 sq.m.
    $25 M
  • William Rawn Associates
  • Illuminating Engineering Society Award of Merit
  • Bruce T. Martin