PLY­MOUTH’S GEM

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

I was for­tu­nate to at­tend the ser­vice in Ply­mouth’s beau­ti­ful small syn­a­gogue last Fri­day evening, un­aware then of your ar­ti­cle ( JC, Oc­to­ber 9) on the sale of its rare rim­monim and yad.

The at­ten­dance was small, but in­cluded res­i­dents, stu­dents, Is­raelis and vis­i­tors. Though they rarely have a minyan, ser­vices are held ev­ery Sab­bath eve and morn­ing, as well as of course at the Fes­ti­vals.

It is in­spir­ing that this small com­mu­nity main­tains and keeps in use this lovely and his­toric Ge­or­gian build­ing — the old­est in the coun­try out­side Lon­don — which sur­vived the de­struc­tion of al­most all cen­tral Ply­mouth by the Luft­waffe.

Any vis­i­tor to the area should seize the op­por­tu­nity to wor­ship there. If its trea­sures have to be sold to main­tain it, in ad­di­tion to any grants that can be ob­tained, their his­tor­i­cal value takes sec­ond place to pre­serv­ing this splen­did, still ac­tive house of wor­ship. Alan Tyler Ash­combe Av­enue, Sur­biton, Sur­rey

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