Conn. town turns down synagogue


A Connecticut town’s decision to reject a Chabad synagogue plan could wind up in court.


Rabbi Joseph Eisenbach of Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County said he would decide in the next few days whether to take Litchfield to court after its Historic District Commission rejected a plan to make an addition and other architectural changes to a 135-year-old home. The commission’s vote on Dec. 20 was 5-0.


The New York Times reported that the three-month quest to create a synagogue had caused division in the town of 9,000 residents, some of whom oppose the synagogue and others who accuse the opponents of anti-Semtism.


The commission, according to the newspaper, is known for its desire to keep buildings in architectural harmony. It turned down, for example, plans for a double door on the synagogue and a clock tower.




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