April 4, 2011
Lincoln Square Synagogue construction resumes
Construction resumed on the new Lincoln Square Synagogue building in New York more than four months after it was halted due to funding problems.
The building of the Modern Orthodox synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan began anew Monday following a successful effort to raise $3 million by April 30, mostly from its 650-family membership—the stipulation in order to access a $20 million pledge from an anonymous donor to complete the building .
“This was an act of faith on the part of everyone involved,” said Phyllis Getzler, chair of the Capital Campaign committee. “Our donor provided us with an example of ultimate charity, and the stipulations were both appropriate and energizing.
“Our membership, along with an amazing number of people outside the community, responded to the call and came through with great generosity. And when this beautiful new facility, which we hope will be a resource for the entire Jewish community, is completed, each of us will be able to say with pride, ‘I helped build this.’ ”
Last October, Lincoln Square had halted construction on a three-story, 50,000-square-foot edifice located 100 feet south of its current building. The cost was originally put at $28 million but had ballooned by as much as $17 million, according to reports.