An Exciting and Important Update From the Co-Presidents
April 26, 2018
Dear TBE Family:
We write to share exciting news. We are nearing a final merger agreement with Temple Beth Or of Washington Township to create the next chapter of our community’s story. Most of the complex items have been hammered out, and we expect to put the final touches on the agreement in the coming week.
Additionally, after months of searching and careful consideration, we are closing in on a property for our new home. The property is located at 660 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell. This was one of our original target locations for the combined congregation, and while the building wasn’t for sale, the realtors with whom we have been working may have convinced the owner to sell. We’re currently negotiating on a sale price, and while there will be more discussion to come, the Board of Trustees is actively working to get the deal done. Along with our TBO partners we’re interviewing architects in anticipation of consummating the purchase.
Once a real estate agreement has been reached, the details will be presented to the entire congregation for approval. Please be sure to mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. for discussion and for potential votes on these exciting developments for our future.
Presuming that we’re able to finalize the real estate deal, it’s important to reiterate that the Nursery School and Religious School will remain housed in our current building for the 2018-2019 school year. We’ve made that commitment to our families, and we have a lease with the church to ensure stability in the coming school year. We anticipate new school facilities ready to be housed in our new building beginning in the fall of 2019.
These are exciting times, and our future has never looked brighter—new partners, new facilities, and a rededication to growing our community throughout Bergen County.
We’ll provide additional updates prior to the Congregational Meeting, but we felt it was important to keep you informed about the current activities.
Stephen Verp and David Fischer