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Congregation Beth Sholom
Lawrence, NY

Founded by Orthodox Jews who had been part of the demographic shift from New York City to the suburbs in the mid 20th century, this elegant neo-Georgian-styled synagogue was inspired by Congregation Shearith Israel, in Manhattan. The original 1950s era building was expanded in the 1970s to include a larger sanctuary and overflow multipurpose space, and enlarged again in 2004 for the steadily growing congregation. As part of a major sanctuary renovation we designed new architectural features to efficiently distribute the cantor’s voice to listeners at the front and rear from a movable central bimah, specified materials and finishes for responsive congregational acoustics, and suggested noise reduction methods for the mechanical systems. All of these features work together to enhance unamplified speech. A speech reinforcement sound system was designed for non-Shabbat use initially, but prepared for upgrade to full Zomet compliance for Shabbat use in the future.

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