Miss­ing £1m halts build­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

BRONDESBURY PARK Sy­n­a­gogue will de­cide in July whether to go ahead with a £5 mil­lion re­build after an an­tic­i­pated £1 mil­lion ex­ter­nal do­na­tion failed to ma­te­ri­alise.

The £1 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion would have en­abled shul lead­ers to present fi­nalised plans and a build­ing sched­ule to mem­bers.

At a meet­ing at­tended by around 70 con­gre­gants of the north-west Lon­don com­mu­nity, it was de­cided to make a fi­nal ap­peal for dona­tions to­wards the miss­ing fund­ing for a three-storey re­build.

In a mes­sage to mem­bers, the shul pledged: “What­ever the out­come, whether re­build or re­furb, we will be em­bark­ing on a build­ing project in this com­ing year that will trans­form the build­ing at the cen­tre of our com­mu­nity.

“The de­gree of trans­for­ma­tion is de­pen­dent on what ex­tent all our mem­bers com­mit to sup­port our fi­nal ef­forts to close out fund­ing for the new build­ing.”

With­out the £1 mil­lion, the shul will be forced to con­sider a more mod­est but “sig­nif­i­cant up­grade” of the ex­ist­ing build­ing, in­cor­po­rat­ing an ex­ten­sion.

Un­der the spir­i­tual lead­er­ship of Rabbi Baruch Levin, Brondesbury has be­come a vic­tim of its own suc­cess. The shul now has more than 350 fam­i­lies among its mem­ber­ship and at­tracts around 200 adults for Shab­bat morn­ing ser­vices — and as many as 500 of all ages for a bar- or bat­mitz­vah.

The United Sy­n­a­gogue has con­trib­uted £1 mil­lion to­wards the re­build with the other fund­ing com­ing equally from the con­gre­ga­tion and the Charles Wolf­son Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

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