DALLAS Temple Emanu-El is beginning a new chapter in Dallas. Officials broke ground on a new $32 million expansion Sunday.

The Southwest's largest Reform Jewish congregation, at 8500 Hillcrest Road, is building a new 450-seat chapel, a new wing for the Early Childhood Education Center and additional learning spaces.

The expansion also includes improvements to the 57-year-old sanctuary.

The new chapel will combine nature and worship, including a giant glass wall facing the Nasher Family Atrium.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings attended Sunday's ceremony and commended the congregation for its history and community.

'This temple has a great heritage and a wonderful gift that it has given to this city,' the mayor said.

The groundbreaking celebration is in conjunction with Rabbi David Stern's 25th anniversary at Temple Emanu-El.

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