Gold­ers Green grow­ing once again

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

AF­TER YEARS of de­clin­ing mem­ber­ship, Gold­ers Green Syn­a­gogue is on the up again thanks in large part to a £4 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment project. The re­de­vel­op­ment has seen the open­ing of the Ri­mon Pri­mary School on the syn­a­gogue site, as well as a ma­jor re­pair and re­fur­bish­ment pro­gramme.

Shul chair­man Prof Benny Chain re­ported a mem­ber­ship in­crease of 70, tak­ing them up to al­most 600.

“Strik­ingly, they’re mostly young fam­i­lies with very young chil­dren, which has led to a big change in our shul ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

Ri­mon opened its doors at the back of the Dun­stan Road syn­a­gogue two years ago, backed by £3 mil­lion of govern­ment fund­ing through its free schools scheme.

Fi­nal con­struc­tion will be com­pleted by the end of the sum­mer and pupil num­bers will rise above 8o in the new aca­demic year.

“Even­tu­ally, there will be al­most 200 chil­dren spread over seven classes,” Prof Chain said. “We al­ready have a mas­sive wait­ing list.”

Mean­while, more than £1.1 mil­lion has been spent on over­haul­ing the front of the shul — start­ing with the roof, which was re­placed as a re­sult of fund­ing from the Wohl Founda- tion and the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. In­side, re­vamped seat­ing, light­ing, of­fice space and a new kitchen had pro­vided a more in­ti­mate at­mos­phere for the ser­vices, talks and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes now held.

A new bimah and me­chitzah, de­signed by mem­ber Brian Ba­der­man, have also been added.

The shul’s fundrais­ing com­mit­tee is reap­ply­ing to the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund for cash to sup­port the fi­nal work to the up­stairs area of the syn­a­gogue.

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