Build­ing starts on Ma­sorti’s £4m shul

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JAY GRENBY

WORK BE­GAN this week on a £4 mil­lion build­ing for the New North Lon­don Ma­sorti Syn­a­gogue — al­most a year af­ter the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony at the com­mu­nity’s base at the Stern­berg Cen­tre site in Finch­ley.

Con­gre­gants will still be able to at­tend ser­vices and other ac­tiv­i­ties in the shul’s ex­ist­ing premises dur­ing the works. How­ever, they are be­ing warned to watch out for ex­tra-deep bore holes, drilled to ac­com­mo­date a ground-source heat pump, which will help re­duce CO2 emis­sions by up to 20 per cent.

“We are for­tu­nate that the in­stal­la­tion of this re­new­able en­ergy source has earned us a £30,000 grant from the Big Lot­tery Fund in con­junc­tion with the Build­ing Re­search Es­tab­lish­ment,” NNLS ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Claire Mandel said.

This, to­gether with a lower-than-ex­pected ten­der from the builders and a crop of new pledges and do­na­tions, has pleased NNLS trea­surer Bernard Man­son, who is “thrilled by the com­mit­ment and gen­eros­ity of our mem­bers”. Mean­while, the re­main­ing fund­ing gap will be slashed by a sur­charge of £70 per adult on mem­ber­ship fees from next month, a move agreed at an EGM. The shul says that “in recog­ni­tion of this ex­tra bur­den, we are hold­ing un­der­ly­ing fees flat this year”.

As well as a syn­a­gogue, the new build­ing will house class­rooms for the com­mu­nity’s Gan Alon nurs­ery, a func­tions kitchen and shul offices. The hope is for com­ple­tion by the end of 2010.

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