Bass Synagogue Furniture Synagogue Interior Design & Furniture Sun, 07 Jul 2019 20:33:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bass Synagogue Furniture 32 32 Chabad of Uptown, Houston, TX Contemporary Synagogue Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:48:32 +0000 Chabad of Uptown, Houston, TX

Synagogue design, movable aron kodesh, torah reading table, mechitzas, and podiums

The Design and the final product side by side:

Houston, Texas Chabad contemporary synagogue design men's side

The furniture was designed to be easily movable within the room. The aron kodesh, torah table, and prayer stands are built from solid wood. We utilized a unique technique of using large round glue ups to create curved shapes for building the furniture.

The video shows off the entire synagogue furniture construction:

The mechitza has a match contemporary design and is built more maximum reflective properties on the men’s side and maximum transparency from the women’s side.

See more pictures of the final project in Houston

Hand Traditional Wood Carving Detail for Synagogues Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:30:40 +0000 At Bass Synagogue Furniture all the carving detail work is produced by hand by Jewish artisans in Israel.  The Kiriat Yaarim built in aron kodesh took three months of intensive daily carving to complete. Each detail is unique to this project.

Watch our master carver Gabriel Bass carving the synagogue detail work:

Young Israel of Greater Miami – Aron Kodesh Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:57:30 +0000
Bet Midrash at Young Israel of Greater Miami before renovation
Bet Midrash with built in aron kodesh after renovation

Built in Aron Kodesh for the Bet Midrash was completed in July 2016.  You can view the remarkable transition of the ark wall custom built to surround the existing full length torah safe. The entire project consisted of design, production and installation of the Aron Kodesh, two amud tefillah, and bimah torah reading table.  This project was built from African Walnut at the Bass Syangogue Furniture studio in Israel and installed by Gabriel Bass in Miami. It was a pleasure to work with such a welcoming and excited community.

To view the full project please visit the main synagogue interior page of the website:

Miami Young Israel Bet Midrash


Bet Midrash at Young Israel of Greater Miami before renovation
Bet Midrash with built in aron kodesh after renovation
Custom Stain and Lacquer Wood Finishes Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:57:06 +0000

At Bass Synagogue Furniture we use the finest water based stains with three coats of professional grade two part semi-gloss lacquer for an incredibly durable and accurate finish.

View the samples below of our most popular stains with two coats of lacquer. All samples were made on African Walnut, the most commonly used wood in the studio.  We use deep penetrating water based stains which reflect light beautifully from within the grains and are perceived differently depending upon the color and intensity of the light they are exposed to. Your product comes with the choice of any of the following stains or you can choose to customize the stain for an additional fee. In order to customize the stain we will either need a physical sample or a picture so we can produce a variety of stain choices in your color range for you to approve. Physical samples can be sent to you for the price of postage and let us know which samples you would like. Other colors and hues may be available upon request.  We can also closely match any samples sent to us, but because of the nature of staining, variations in wood, light differences, and how the human eye perceives color we cannot guarantee an exact match of any specific color, whether from our samples or custom staining.

wood stain with brown and red coloring arti 486

Arti 486

Warm Brown

wood stain water based

Arti 1845

Brown dash of Mohangany

wood stain arti 1843 with lacquer

Arti 1843

Light Red-Brown

Cherrywood stain for wood arti

Arti 103

Mohagany Cherrywood

dark american walnut

Arti 110

Dark Walnut

Light Honey water based wood stain

Arti 1832

Light Honey

Carved Columns and Crowns for Aron Kodesh Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:13:23 +0000

Watch Israeli craftmen building columns by hand for synagogue Binyan Bracha V’shalom in Kriat Ya’arim, Tel Stone, Israel, near Jerusalem.  The columns were built completely from solid wood, glued together, lathed round, carved by hand in a twisted pattern, and sanded.  Makes passersby want to reach and and touch them.

Bass Synagogue Furniture was commissioned by Synagogue Binyan Bracha V’shalom synagogue in Kriat Ya’arim, Tel Stone, Israel. The project was custom designed in three dimensional renderings and includes an aron kodesh, bimah, two podiums, and fourty meters of library shelving throughout the synagogue. All synagogue furnishings will be installed on site. The aron kodesh stands tall at about three and a half meters high and wide. The woodwork throughout the project will heavily ornamented with twisted carved columns, crowns, hand wood carving, routing and custom made moldings.  Will be installed before Pesach, 5776.


Mishkan HaTorah Toronto Synagogue Interior Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:47:04 +0000

Spring 2012   

Toronto,  Canada  

This exciting project has taken about three months to produce in our studios in Israel.  The more than three tons of woodwork, metal, and glass include interior carpentry, built in Aron Kodesh wainscoting, Bimah, , bulletin boards, 19 tables, and 39 Shtenders. Currently the work is in transit and will be installed by artist Gabriel Bass and local carpenters in July 2012.

Kol Ami Eternal Flame Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:54:54 +0000 Summer 2012

Vancouver, Washington, USA

A Ner Tamid has been commissioned by the Congregation Kol Ami community to be hung from the high ceiling in their beautiful new building. This Ner Tamid will be based on a Ner Tamid previously designed for a synagogue in Bet Shemesh, Israel, featuring 5-8 hand blown and pulled transparent blue and turquoise glass flames rising from a wood base, which will house the energy efficient LED spotlights.

Watch video of it being produced:

Marvering glass Glass Blowing Taking a Dip touching glass Ner Tamid Bet Shemesh Glass Ner Tamid Bet Shemesh

Architect:  Rebecca Epstein, SERA

Beit Aleph Meditative Synagogue Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:49:50 +0000 Location:  Seattle, Washington, USA

Rabbi:  Olivier BenHaim

When the Bet Alef Congregation came to Israel on a group visit, they visited the Bass Synagogue Furniture studio to experience an extensive tour, browse our showroom, and watch our artists at work.  They were in need of a new Aron Kodesh for their synagogue back home, and began to discuss with Gabriel various options for a custom project. Inspired by the land of Israel, they returned to Seattle and arrived at a design symbolizing the hanging Miskan referred to in the Torah. The carved doors will be affixed with copper plates arranged in a flame-like pattern, abstractly depicting shapes of Hebrew letters. Continue to visit this page for updates of the project as it work progresses.

Currently, the structure is complete and the doors are carved. We now are working out a few details, such as sanding, staining, and finishing with two coats of lacquer, then we will work on the copper and handles, as well as work out what we would like to do for the addition of a Ner Tamid to the top.

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Sephardi Style Torah Case Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:46:52 +0000 This Torah case is being built for a community in Queensland, Australia. Building a Sephardi Torah case from solid wood is not a simple process and Bass Synagogue Furniture are among the only specialists in this type of work. By combining traditional methods with the precise performance of modern tools, we are able to create custom and unique Torah cases. Each Torah case is different, with details carved and inlaid by hand and handles affixed with ball bearings for smooth movement.

Watch this Torah case being made:

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Syrian Torah Case Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:44:08 +0000 This Torah case was commissioned to house a 300 year old Torah scroll rescued from Damascus, Syria in September 2001, thanks to assistance of the Syrian Jewish community, as well as the American and Israeli governments. The Torah is being rededicated by the Cohen-Sadan Charitable Trust as a Torah which will be lent out to communities worldwide to fulfill the mitzvah of reading from the Torah, anywhere it is requested. The Torah and case will log a lot of mileage, and therefore our work was designed with durability and easy of travel in line. It is built light, with strong waterproof glue and finish, and is of a compact and traditional design.

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