We have a small synagogue: the room where we pray gets converted into the dining area. The back wall of the room has a washing station already. There is some money to update the synagogue, and some people want to get rid of the washing station and make everyone use the kitchen. I want to know if there are sources to support keeping the washing station. I know that all kosher restaurants I have been to have one, but besides that....
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The Rema talks about the time to walk 22 amot. But unless you are running, this implies that the distance should be less than 22 amot. So the Rema might be a source for not abandoning the washing station assuming that it is nearer to the table than 22 amot. (If the existing washing station is further than 22 amot, and the kitchen even further than that, the matter is open to discussion).
Gershon Gold reports that a synagogue he once attended had installed a washing station in the prayer hall so as to avoid kohanim and l'viyim's leaving the room during the chazan's repetition of the amida (which could cut the number of men present to fewer than ten).
That can be an argument against getting rid of the washing station in your synagogue.