Synagogue and learning center planned for Pleasant Prairie

Plans include worship and study center, kosher kitchen and hospitality home

A Jewish congregation in Kenosha plans to build a new synagogue and learning center on a four-acre property in Pleasant Prairie.

A rendering of the new synagogue and learning center.

The village board approved on Monday a master conceptual plan for the construction of the Chabad of Kenosha Synagogue and Learning Center, a 5,200-square-foot building proposed for 6939 88th Ave.

The B’nei Tzedek Chabad congregation’s plans for the facility include creating a gathering space, library, classrooms, a mikvah, two guest rooms, restrooms and a full kosher kitchen. It will also include a 3,000-square-foot hospitality home.

B’nei Tzedek Chabad currently holds services at 6522 87th Ave. in Pleasant Prairie. The congregation previously worshiped in a synagogue at 1602 56th St. in Kenosha, before it closed five years ago.

The proposed Pleasant Prairie location makes sense for the synagogue, given the region’s growth trends, said Rabbi Betzalel Wilschanski of B’nei Tzedek Chabad.

“Kenosha has expanded out a little further west and, with the growth of Foxconn and all of that, it made sense to start moving there,” he said.

Construction on the facility is planned to be completed in four phases. The first two phases will include renovating an existing home on the property, followed by the installation of a municipal water main. The third phase, which is expected to be completed within five years, will include construction of the synagogue, parking lots and stormwater retention facility. The final phase will involve building the hospitality home.

The prayer hall is proposed to have regular seating for 50 people. The facility will be able to accommodate up to 100 people on special occasions.

When it is completed, the building will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with activities and worship being held on Saturdays. There will be one full-time and four part-time employees at the location.

Wilschanski said the congregation will launch a capital campaign to fund the project after it receives all necessary approvals from the village.

A Jewish congregation in Kenosha plans to build a new synagogue and learning center on a four-acre property in Pleasant Prairie.

A rendering of the new synagogue and learning center.

The village board approved on Monday a master conceptual plan for the construction of the Chabad of Kenosha Synagogue and Learning Center, a 5,200-square-foot building proposed for 6939 88th Ave.

The B’nei Tzedek Chabad congregation’s plans for the facility include creating a gathering space, library, classrooms, a mikvah, two guest rooms, restrooms and a full kosher kitchen. It will also include a 3,000-square-foot hospitality home.

B’nei Tzedek Chabad currently holds services at 6522 87th Ave. in Pleasant Prairie. The congregation previously worshiped in a synagogue at 1602 56th St. in Kenosha, before it closed five years ago.

The proposed Pleasant Prairie location makes sense for the synagogue, given the region’s growth trends, said Rabbi Betzalel Wilschanski of B’nei Tzedek Chabad.

“Kenosha has expanded out a little further west and, with the growth of Foxconn and all of that, it made sense to start moving there,” he said.

Construction on the facility is planned to be completed in four phases. The first two phases will include renovating an existing home on the property, followed by the installation of a municipal water main. The third phase, which is expected to be completed within five years, will include construction of the synagogue, parking lots and stormwater retention facility. The final phase will involve building the hospitality home.

The prayer hall is proposed to have regular seating for 50 people. The facility will be able to accommodate up to 100 people on special occasions.

When it is completed, the building will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with activities and worship being held on Saturdays. There will be one full-time and four part-time employees at the location.

Wilschanski said the congregation will launch a capital campaign to fund the project after it receives all necessary approvals from the village.

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