the social hall becomes a good extension of the worship space. This requires
careful detailing of the movable elements so that they are easy to operate and
so that a Sound Transmission Class (STC) of about 45 can be accomplished.
Heavy folding walls or horizontally pivoting panels can be used.
Attendant Spaces. Two spaces are directly in support of the social
(1) The Kitchen. The size of the kitchen will vary according to the
size of the social hall. Its use is for serving refreshments before or after
worship services, for receptions following weddings, funerals or other
celebrations, for various meetings and community support programs. Full meals
are seldom prepared in this kitchen, but covered dish suppers and other food
brought from home are often supplied. A commercial kitchen is not a model;
equipment will generally be more like domestic appliances, although not
without exception. Because many people may be involved in preparing and
serving the food, aisles and workspace in the room need to be generous.
Equipment will include range, refrigerator-freezer, dishwasher,
garbage grinder, sinks, coffee urns, microwave ovens. ice makers, counters,
worktables, cabinets, and a generous series of convenience receptacles at the
The kitchen may also have a separate section for serving kosher
foods. The basic principle of such a kitchen is to separate the utensils,
containers, and surfaces related to the preparation and serving of dairy foods
from those used in meat preparation and service. This separation must not be
compromised by those who use the other parts of the kitchen, so special sinks,
counters, cabinets and refrigerator/freezers that can be locked off are needed.
The PED will indicate the presence of a kosher kitchen in the facility if it is
The kitchen should be accessible readily from the service entry to
the facility, and in large facilities it may be proper to supply a lockable
storage room rather than depend on kitchen casework for bulk storage.
(2) Storage. A store room is needed, conveniently related to the
social hall for the storage of folding tables and folding or stacking chairs,
teaching equipment, lectern, seasonal and occasional decorations, and
RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL SPACES.
Scope. The broad range of religious education in a typical