Har­row and North­wood may merge

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY WALLY LEAF

HAR­ROW AND Wem­b­ley Pro­gres­sive Syn­a­gogue is con­sid­er­ing clos­ing as an in­de­pen­dent syn­a­gogue to merge with six-mile dis­tant North­wood and Pin­ner Lib­eral shul.

Har­row chair­man Adrian Co­hen, af­ter a shul coun­cil meet­ing, said: “We’re com­mit­ted to ex­plor­ing this.”

Sell­ing Har­row’s present 7,000 sq ft premises would pro­duce a £1 mil­lion­plus “dowry”. Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith would con­tinue tak­ing pas­toral and ed­u­ca­tional work, while col­lab­o­rat­ing with the NPLS rab­binate. The shuls’ lay teams would sim­i­larly dove­tail. Both shuls are form­ing sub-com­mit­tees to as­sess the im­pli­ca­tions. North­wood chair­man David Edel­man es­ti­mated, “it can take months to fi­nalise”.

Har­row trea­surer Steven San­der­son re­ported ris­ing debts and a de­clin­ing com­mu­nity.

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