After a two-year legal battle and nearly a year of construction, an Orthodox Jewish group is about to open its $2.4 million synagogue and education building between two houses on Tacoma’s West End.
Rabbi Zalman Heber calls the completion of the brick-and-wood structure “history in the making.” It provides a traditional-style synagogue for practicing Orthodox Judaism, including a kosher kitchen in the basement social hall and separate seating for men and women in the sanctuary.
Chabad Jewish Center of Pierce County is the first synagogue constructed in Tacoma since 1968, when Temple Beth El – affiliated with Judaism’s Reform movement – was built. “It allows us to do everything properly,” said Heber, who started and directs the center, which is part of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. “It allows us to grow.”
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