Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, Aventura, Florida
The Foundation and Mrs. Safra's involvement with this synagogue in Aventura/Turnberry began in 1998, when Mr. Safra made a lead donation for its construction. After Mr. Safra's passing, it was decided that the synagogue would be named "Beit Edmond J. Safra" in his memory. Mrs. Lily Safra inaugurated the synagogue at a ceremony in April 2002, and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation has since remained a regular supporter.
The community of Aventura/Turnberry has grown beyond its initial core of part-time Florida residents from New York. Today, approximately 50% of the 350 member families are "local", many having emigrated from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela, as well as Israel and a number of European countries. Seven days a week, the synagogue is a hub of activity, providing multiple daily prayer services to accommodate different working schedules (attendance ranges from 200 people in summer to over 1000 during the Passover holiday). In addition, the Synagogue provides a wide variety of classes for all ages on diverse topics taught in several languages, community social events, and youth activities. The synagogue has also begun the construction of a mikveh, which is due to open in the spring of 2012.
To learn more please visit the project website: www.safraflorida.com.