Plans still are uncertain, but Temple Beth Shalom in New Albany might expand in the near future.

Plans still are uncertain, but Temple Beth Shalom in New Albany might expand in the near future.

Temple members have been hearing plans for the future; those hearings will continue with a master-plan update, slated for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

The master plan has been an 18-month process, Temple Beth Shalom executive director Adam Inlander said, and it was introduced to the congregation in October.

"It's the next five to 10 years. We want to be prepared for the growth," he said. "We analyzed social needs, school needs, congregational needs."

When the temple was built at 5089 Johnstown Road in 1996, Inlander said, it had more than 200 membership families.

"Now we have 375 member families so the building is getting a little crowded," he said.

Plans are conceptual thus far, and the temple currently is gauging members' opinions.

"We're rolling out the plan for the congregation, seeing if there's support financially for a building," he said.

With members coming from throughout the central Ohio area, Inlander said, the temple has to "introduce the idea to various constituents in the congregation" prior to making any decisions in a financially unstable climate.

"It's a master plan. We have no architectural drawings ready to submit to the village," he said.

When plans get the go-ahead from members, the temple will expand at its Johnstown Road location.

"The expansion fits very comfortably on the current acreage," Inlander said. "We could fit more here in 10 years."