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A £4 MIL­LION im­prove­ments pro­gramme at Alyth Sy­n­a­gogue in Gold­ers Green has been ap­proved by Bar­net coun­cil­lors.

The plans al­low for the re­ten­tion of the core of the orig­i­nal 1930s build­ing — home to a Re­form com­mu­nity of 3,300 — al­though there will be en­hance­ments to acous­tics. Also re­tained will be the sy­n­a­gogue kinder­garten, rated out­stand­ing by Of­sted last year. The rest of the premises will be re­mod­elled and up­dated.

There will be a sec­ond ded­i­cated prayer space and a two-storey ex­ten­sion will con­tain a new en­trance and re­cep­tion area. Flex­i­ble, multi-use spa­ces will ac­com­mo­date youth and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and meet­ings. A com­mu­nity kitchen is among other fea­tures.

“Our vi­sion for the re­newed build­ing is to cre­ate a fully ac­ces­si­ble, beau­ti­ful and spir­i­tual space,” said Noeleen Co­hen, Alyth’s chair, who is fronting the project with vice-chair Rus­sell Baum. “We aim for the build­ing to be com­pleted by the start of 2020.”

Just over £500,000 to­wards the project has been pledged from mem­bers. The hope is that two-thirds of the to­tal out­lay will be raised by the sum­mer of 2018, when con­struc­tion work is ex­pected to be­gin.

“We are aim­ing for the whole com­mu­nity to be in­volved in the project,” said Alyth’s Rabbi Mark Gold­smith.

“Money has come in from every­thing from sup­per quizzes to spon­sored walks. We are not a gala din­ner kind of com­mu­nity. We are hop­ing to build up the money in £10,000 blocks.”

Many Alyth fam­i­lies are the third or fourth gen­er­a­tion to be in­volved in the shul and, said Rabbi Gold­smith, saw the re­de­vel­op­ment as a com­mit­ment to the next gen­er­a­tion.

An artist’s view of the re­mod­elled build­ings

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