The mega-mall, to be known as the Trump Temple Tenplex, will be built by the Trump organization on the Sheep Meadow, a 15-acre preserve in Central Park, a short walk from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. Animal rights activists have been assured that any stray
While Donald Trump is serving as President of the United States, any profits from Tenplex donations and admission fees will be donated to UJA-Federation.
The Tenplex is based on a similar but smaller version built in Fair Lawn, reported on in the March 1990 Purim Edition of The Kustanowitz Kronikle.
The superstructure will be divided into ten mini-sanctuaries, providing options for Jews of all persuasions. Areas for common use will include a Kiddush Court, a Bris-O-Rama operating room and amphitheatre, and a Mikveh Motel, consisting of a central mikveh and ten one-bedroom suites for post-immersion relaxation. Also planned for construction above the Trump Temple Tenplex are apartments for those active synagogue members who spend most of their lives in their shul.
At press time, the types of services in the ten mini-sanctuaries were not finalized, but
The Trump Temple Tenplex is being considered by Jews in other communities as a possible model for similar projects. In Brooklyn, talks are already proceeding toward construction of a Lubavitcher-Gerer-Satmar Triplex. Two more chassidic sects may be added, but not a third. “A Quadruplex or a Quintuplex would be OK, but a Satmar Sexplex, NEVER!” said a spokesman for the Satmar rebbe.
The Tenplex will offer many advantages. Worshippers will be able to shop around and move from one service to another, until they find a comfortable fit. The two corridors connecting the mini-sanctuaries will be designated as sermon-free zones, to let congregants take a break for banter on sports, the stock market, entertainment, or politics.
The massive project does present some problems. One Orthodox rabbi who spoke on condition of anonymity said that while he approves of the project, he does not want to imply recognition of equal status for those who are “not yet Orthodox.”
Monumental traffic problems are expected for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and a building fund is being started for construction of a 5,000-car garage. Rabbis are also expected to be under heavy pressure from their congregations to keep their sermons short, lest their congregants overflow the sermon-free corridors at mid-service and find themselves with meager leftovers at the giant communal super kiddush.