Temple Shaari Emeth

In September 2022, Temple Rodeph Torah of Marlboro, NJ, merged with Temple Shaari Emeth of Manalapan, NJ. The two reformed synagogues retained the name Temple Shaari Emeth. The merged congregation serves more than 700 families. After the merger, W&E Baum worked with the Temple to create a new Tree of Life using elements from existing donor walls while incorporating new leaves for future growth. The Tree of Life, a focal point in the building, represents the unity of two congregations' integration into one. Baum’s team went to both buildings to gather detailed measurements of the existing elements that would be incorporated into the new tree design.

After completion, Baum’s team installed the Tree of Life. The custom-designed wall accommodates 796- 1 ½” x 3 ½” new and 336 existing brass leaves mounted on multi-elevational acrylic islands. 988- 1 ¼” x 3 ½” and 380- 1 ¼” x 4” existing satin brass plates are mounted on acrylic panels. 35 existing resin and brass plaques are mounted below the columns. The carved bronze tree base is the focal centerpiece of the design. 4” oxidized brass letters on risers are mounted above the tree.