Faced with a demographics issue, 75% of its members lived 20 miles away or greater, Temple Emanu El began a search for land on which to construct their new temple. An 11-acre parcel, a former nursery and farm, at the corner of Brainard and Emery roads was selected for the site and the focus then turned to building design. Working with the building committee, and eventually a group of 90 members of the Temple, studioTECHNE formed focus groups to study the need and use specific to how Temple Emanu El worships, studies, and comes together in fellowship. Based on this programmatic data, several conceptual building solutions were presented to the congregation. These solutions centered on Temple Emanu El’s focus on the building’s need to act as a house of worship, house of learning and house of gathering; working with the building committee to refine concepts and ideas led us toward a design that worked to integrate the landscaping (the natural) with the building (the man made). Sited in a residential neighborhood, we modulated the building footprint to keep its mass low and to ensure the building did not overwhelm the adjacent residential structures. Abundant landscaping provides buffering as well as connecting the building’s interior and occupants to nature. The chapel located at the south end of the building is a partially concealed circular form with protective arms encircling it. The arms shade the glass etched with passages from the Torah, but also acts as a metaphor to the ghetto period when temples and synagogues were required to be hidden from sight.