Mark Simon, FAIA and Edward J. Keagle, AIA of Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Pepper Pike, Ohio
Religion begins with community. In the coming together of individuals to worship, private spirituality is transformed into the formalised, ritualised, public gathering that marks religion as such. Religion is always called upon to be social and cultural, as well as sacred and divine, and in this way to encourage both spiritual communion and social community. In no other religious tradition is this truer than Judaism, in which community has sustained religion and religion community throughout millennia of exile, persecution and dispossession.