Our Future Home
The Temmy Latner Forest Hill Jewish Centre’s future home, will be a landmark that helps nurture Jewish identity through inspiration.
The architectural design is modeled after the Great Synagogue in Jalso, Poland, which was built in 1905 as a centre for all facets of community life.
A fire was set by the Nazis on September 15, 1939 with the intention of burning this landmark to the ground. But the flames were extinguished by firefighters.
Tragically, the arsonists returned five days later, and gathered the local Jews — along with the heroic firemen— and forced them at gunpoint to set the building ablaze again. The Great Synagogue then became just one of many symbols of Judaism destroyed in the Holocaust.
Yet, the traditions it represented have survived. And enthusiasm for the Jewish future is now expressed every day of the year in the Forest Hill Village.
A permanent home for the Temmy Latner Forest Hill Jewish Centre will help ensure that the legacy of the Great Synagogue is never forgotten.
From the playground, to the ballroom, to the rooftop wedding terrace, the three-level building has been designed for the most joyful of experiences.
The well-stocked libraries, modern multimedia classrooms and Holocaust memorial room will give Jews of all ages a place in which to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re headed together.
The light that streams through the magnificent stained glass windows, inspired by the Great Synagogue of Jalso, will do more than illuminate the main sanctuary — it will shine through the spirit of the Temmy Latner Forest Hill Jewish Centre.