Shul faces clo­sure

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

ONE OF the busiest syn­a­gogues in the coun­try has been threat­ened with clo­sure and needs £200,000 of es­sen­tial work to its age­ing build­ing.

Sal­ford’s Machzikei Hadass Synagogue, used daily by around 1,000 peo­ple, has been re­fused in­surance and wil need to close un­less it com­pletes a £20,000 elec­tri­cal over­haul. But the MH ex­ec­u­tive have said the ma­jor works must also in­clude re­plac­ing al­most all floor­ing, cost­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds.

Jon Man­son, di­rec­tor of the Manch­ester branch of the Jelf-Man­son in­surance group, said that old com­mu­nal build­ings were be­ing af­fected as un­der­writ­ers con­sol­i­dated their risks.

He said: “More fires are started by faulty electrics than any other causes. It seems in­surance com­pa­nies are not pre­pared to take a more lib­eral attitude in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial cli­mate”.

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