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Congregation Beth Israel dedicates Bandler Family Park and Field at Congregation Beth Israel

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Robin Roeder, Chief Communal and Executive Officer, Congregation Beth Israel; Rabbi Stephen Kahn, Congregation Beth Israel; Jillian Bandler; Linda Bandler; Steve Bandler, Congregation Beth Israel board president; Rep. Matt Gress (Dist-4); Scottsdale City Councilwoman Tammy Caputi; Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin, Congregation Beth Israel. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)
Bandler Family commemorates dedication to at Congregation Beth Israel
By Abbie Fink | HMA PR

Under a cloudless sky, more than 50 people gathered on Sunday, April 14. to dedicate The Bandler Family Park and Field at Congregation Beth Israel, commemorating the hard work and dedication of CBI staff, board members and volunteers.

Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin led the guests in the Shehecheyanu blessing, a common Jewish prayer to celebrate special occasions. It expresses gratitude to God for new experiences.

According to Steve Bandler, CBI board president and chair of the Recreation Field Committee, the dedication event is a special occasion, bringing the vision to create an inclusive park and recreation field that began nearly two years ago to fruition.

“It had long been a goal of the board of directors to utilize this land for recreational purposes, not only for our congregational families, but for the community-at-large,” Mr. Bandler said.

The Temple is at 10460 N. 56th St. in Scottsdale and features a 1.131-acre outdoor facility, including a soccer field, basketball court, playground and concession stand.

Bandler Family commemorates dedication to community at Congregation Beth Israel. Mr. Bandler and Mark Slepak, a member of the CBI board of directors and a member of the recreation field committee, worked with Coconut Contracting, Dave Bang & Associates, AZ Sportscapes, GT Logistics, Gesher Disability Resources and Ability360 to bring the board’s vision of a fully accessible park to life, ensuring that the sports court, playground, and restroom are fully adaptive for all users.

Bandler Family commemorates dedication to at Congregation Beth Israel

In addition to the accessibility of the park’s offerings, sustainability was at the forefront when considering the type of landscaping that would be used. Trees and plants that are predominately native to the Southwest, require minimal water, are drought-tolerant and cold-resistant and are designed to attract birds and butterflies to enhance the ecosystem were planted. Where possible, recycled materials and astroturf were used throughout.

Rabbi Stephen Kahn, in thanking everyone for attending and extending gratitude to the Bandler family for their generosity, commented on the importance not only of the dedication event, but the park itself.

“Our brothers and sisters in Israel woke up this morning to another day of bombing, another day of knowing their loved ones are still being held hostage,” Rabbi Kahn said. “We could have cancelled today’s event, but with the sounds of our children’s laughter ringing loud and clear, we are reminded how important it is to celebrate these important milestones.”

Joining in the dedication event were Rep. Matt Gress (Dist-4) and Scottsdale City Councilwoman Tammy Caputi.

“As a Jewish councilwoman I was proud to be included in this project that makes this small corner of our community more inclusive, more sustainable, and more joyful,” Councilwoman Caputi said. “Rabbi Kahn reminded us that while our enemies are launching bombs, we are building community playgrounds. I hope many generations will enjoy this incredible facility.”

Echoing those sentiments, Rep. Gress said.

“Despite the terrible attacks on the State of Israel last night, we cannot allow the terror from enemies to take away our capacity to celebrate community,” Rep. Gress said. “Congratulations to Congregation Beth Israel on the grand opening of the Bandler Family Park. This ADA accessible park is a place for all to play and thrive.”

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