Greenwich Reform Synagogue to begin building new synagogue

Greenwich Reform Synagogue (GRS), a Reform Jewish congregation serving the Greenwich community for nearly 40 years, is pleased to announce that all litigation has been resolved, allowing construction to proceed on a new building in Cos Cob that will serve as the future home of the congregation. GRS expects to submit construction plans to the Town of Greenwich in the coming weeks.

“We have waited a long time for this day, and we are thrilled that our new home will soon be a reality,” said Wendy Schreiber, Co-President of the Board of GRS. “The building will be what we always envisioned — a tasteful, welcoming home that is a positive addition to the neighborhood and fits well into its surroundings.”

The final obstacle was removed at a hearing on Monday, June 8 in Hartford, when Judge Marshall K. Berger approved the “Stipulation of Settlement,” resolving all outstanding lawsuits between the Town of Greenwich and a group of residents, opening the way forward for GRS.

Construction on the Synagogue will begin as soon as permits are secured. GRS officials said they hope to gather at the new building in time for the 2016 High Holidays, which take place in October of that year.

This will be only the second purpose-built synagogue in Greenwich’s 375-year history. It will be located on Orchard Street in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich and will include a sanctuary, social hall, classrooms, and offices in just over 12,000 square feet of space. It is being designed by architectural firm of Mark B. Thompson Associates LLC.

“This is an enormous event, not just for GRS, but for the Town of Greenwich,” said Marc Abrams, Co-President of the Board of GRS. “Only once before in this town’s history has a synagogue been built, and we are very excited to add to the history of the town and of our congregation.”

About Greenwich Reform Synagogue (grs.org)

Greenwich Reform Synagogue was founded in 1976. GRS provides a flexible, progressive environment for prayer, study, celebration of Shabbat and Jewish holidays and for all life cycle events. GRS’s mission is to be a spiritual home that is welcoming to all, and to connect the congregation through friendship, tradition, community and love. GRS is a member synagogue of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Renderings of Greenwich Reform Synagogue’s planned building in Cos Cob. All litigation over the plans has been resolved and construction is expected to begin soon.

Renderings of Greenwich Reform Synagogue’s planned building in Cos Cob. All litigation over the plans has been resolved and construction is expected to begin soon.

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