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Temple Rodef Shalom

This 61,500sf project included a large addition with a social hall, library, meeting rooms and classroom spaces as well as a complete renovation of the original building. 

The architects designed a spacious and open “Grand Hall” to serve as a pre and post function gathering space that also unifies the primary programmatic parts of the building. The Grand Hall and entrance terraces are sized and arranged to accommodate both large and small groups of people and are designed to promote and encourage social interaction among congregants.  Architects have historically used columns to signify the most important institutions of their time and so Ritter Architects treated the Grand Hall as a “world of columns”.  The columns modulate the entry area spaces and make them honorific by their presence throughout.

To relate the building to Jewish history, the architects designed a series of wall fragments made of limestone imported from Israel, the same stone as found in the ancient walls and buildings of Jerusalem.  The congregants experience this Jerusalem Wall each time they visit the synagogue – they walk by it and through it, they move up and down along the wall, much like people experience the ancient ruins among the hills of old Jerusalem.




Northern Virginia Chapter AIA, Award of Merit in Architecture

Virginia Society AIA, Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture

Project Information

Client: Temple Rodef Shalom

Location:  McLean VA

Structural: Ehlert Bryan

MEP: Potomac Energy Group

Contractor: Jack Bays Inc.

Photography: Hoachlander Davis Photography & Robert C. Lautman