Fed­er­a­tion sells spare ceme­tery land for £8.3m

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY SI­MON ROCKER

THE FED­ER­A­TION of Syn­a­gogues has re­ceived a huge boost to its ex­pan­sion plans af­ter sell­ing spare land at its Rain­ham ceme­tery in Es­sex for £8.3 mil­lion.

Around 20 acres in­side the ceme­tery wall have been sold, along with land owned in the ad­join­ing Spring Farm, to an or­gan­i­sa­tion which owns sev­eral ceme­ter­ies in the UK.

Two years ago, the Fed­er­a­tion pur­chased land in Edg­ware­bury Lane for new plots in recog­ni­tion of the grow­ing shift of its mem­ber­ship from east to north-west Lon­don in re­cent decades.

Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent An­drew Co­hen said that “over the past two years, the trustees have repo­si­tioned the Fed­er­a­tion for growth, in­vest­ing in new com­mu­ni­ties both in Lon­don and Manch­ester and fo­cus­ing on ar­eas of Jewish pop­u­la­tion ex­pan­sion. We have set am­bi­tious goals and re­vi­talised the or­gan­i­sa­tion with new im­pe­tus.”

The Fed­er­a­tion, he added, was “now the nat­u­ral home for an in­creas­ing num­ber of thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties that strive to be part of the fu­ture of Ortho­dox An­glo-Jewry.

“Through this sale, the trustees con­tinue the ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of the Fed­er­a­tion’s as­sets and op­er­a­tions. We are suc­cess­fully de­liv­er­ing the am­bi­tious strat­egy pre­sented two years ago and will con­tinue to drive ex­pan­sion on a sound foot­ing.”

Rain­ham’s 106-acre plot was con­se­crated in 1939 with space for a pro­jected 50,000 graves. But it is cur­rently only 60 per cent oc­cu­pied. The Edg­ware­bury site is due to be ready later this year.

The Fed­er­a­tion’s ex­pan­sion plans have al­ready borne fruit with the pre­vi­ously in­de­pen­dent con­gre­ga­tion Net­zach Yis­roel join­ing it last year.

It has not re­vealed how much of the £8 mil­lion wind­fall will be avail­able for fu­ture projects, as op­posed to fi­nanc­ing cur­rent com­mit­ments.

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