Congregation Ohr HaTorah

This 40,400 sf synagogue is nestled within a North Dallas residential neighborhood. While the congregation follows a traditional Orthodox approach, the building was intended to be a modern interpretation of their beliefs, helping to portray the growing Congregation as an appealing and welcoming identity within the community. The design maximizes a long, narrow site while allowing the sanctuary to face east, as is customary in Jewish tradition.

The building program included a traditional 420 seat sanctuary with a women’s balcony, adjacent chapel and learner’s worship spaces. It also includes a social hall, catering kitchens, classrooms and a ritual bath. The finishes throughout were carefully chosen to be ‘timeless’ in nature, like the beliefs of the Congregation itself.