To celebrate the end of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot, Greenwich Reform Synagogue (GRS) will hold a brief service at their future home at 92 Orchard Street, on Sunday, October 4 at 1:00 pm.
Rabbi Andrew Sklarz will lead the service, and Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei will speak.
Ground-breaking for the new home of GRS will begin later in October, and it is hoped that the new building will be ready in time for the 2016 High Holy Days.
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. The architectural firm of Mark B. Thompson Associates LLC created the design.
“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 375-year history has a synagogue been built, and we are very excited to add to the history of the town and of our congregation. GRS marched with pride in the 375th Anniversary Parade on September 27.”
Parking for the event will be at Central Middle School; please contact the GRS office for details: info@GRS.org or (203) 629-0018.
Greenwich Reform Synagogue was founded in 1976, nearly 40 years ago. 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.