The Sophie & Nathan Gumenick Chapel
As Temple Israel of Greater Miami marks its 90th anniversary, they also celebrate the nomination of Temple’s Sophie and Nathan Gumenick Chapel as one of the “Top 100 Buildings” in the Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places competition by the American Institute of Architects’ Florida chapter (AIA Florida). The Sophie & Nathan Gumenick Chapel was designed by renowned Miami architect and congregant Kenneth Treister. When designing the space, architect Treister strived to create a chapel that would be “a work of art,” yet whose cocoon-like form would provide “a cradle of spirituality,” he explained in his book, Chapel of Light: Jewish Ceremonial Art in the Sophie & Nathan Gumenick Chapel. Temple Israel’s Gumenick Chapel is the only Jewish institution in Miami and one of two in the state to be part of this competition. Temple Beth El, a Conservative synagogue in West Palm Beach, is the other Jewish nominee. Other well known Miami buildings included in the top 100 group are Bacardi USA, Bank of America Tower, Freedom Tower and Vizcaya.