High­gate re­builds for grow­ing con­gre­ga­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

HIGH­GATE SYN­A­GOGUE is be­ing re­built in a £2 mil­lion-plus project to pro­vide mod­ern, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly premises for a mem­ber­ship that has al­most tripled to 400 over the past three decades.

Three years ago, the High­gate board con­cluded that fur­ther growth was im­pos­si­ble un­less a new and larger build­ing re­placed the late-Vic­to­rian con­verted hall and ad­join­ing cot­tage it was us­ing. With United Syn­a­gogue sup­port, the shul em­barked on a fundrais­ing cam­paign.

Fea­tures of the new build­ing will in­clude a learn­ing cen­tre in hon­our of the late his­to­rian, Sir Martin Gil­bert, who was a reg­u­lar con­gre­gant, as well as a larger house on site for Rabbi Nicky Liss and his fam­ily.

“It is fan­tas­tic news that in High­gate’s 90th year, we can look for­ward to a new shul that will bet­ter meet the needs of our young and grow­ing com­mu­nity,” Rabbi Liss said. “I must pay trib­ute to those lay lead­ers in High­gate who have worked so hard to make this dream come true.”

Syn­a­gogue pres­i­dent Duncan Gee ex­pressed the con­gre­ga­tion’s grat­i­tude to the head and gov­er­nors of nearby High­gate School for making rooms avail­able for Shab­bat ser­vices dur­ing the 40 weeks of build­ing work.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing them as guests of hon­our when the Chief Rabbi con­se­crates our new shul be­fore the High Holy Days next year.”

‘It is fan­tas­tic news in our 90th year’

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