Originally established in 1950, Valley Beth Shalom’s mission is to enrich the lives of their community while fostering personal growth.

Project Name: Valley Beth Shalom Community Center
Studio Name:
Abramson Architects
Location: Encino, United States
Photography: Tom Bonner
Project size: 72000 ft2
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 2

Valley Beth Shalom Community Center by Abramson Architects - sheet1
Interior ©Tom Bonner

Mostly untouched since the 1980s, their campus needed a significant overhaul to accommodate the growing number of younger families joining their conservative Jewish community.

Valley Beth Shalom Community Center by Abramson Architects - sheet2
Wellness Activity Area ©Tom Bonner

The new Howard and Irene Community Center is a contemporary extension of their evolving campus. A nexus within Valley Beth Shalom’s dense urban campus, the Levine Center is a 16-hour-a-day space responding to their previously unmet religious, academic, and athletic needs.

Valley Beth Shalom Community Center by Abramson Architects - sheet3
Backyard ©Tom Bonner

The facility provides a new indoor gymnasium and mezzanine level for yoga and other wellness activities. The voluminous space also transforms easily into an auditorium for performances or a sanctuary during high holidays.


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