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