St Annes builds to a bet­ter fu­ture

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

ST ANNES He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion is look­ing to se­cure its fu­ture through a build­ing pro­ject which will see apart­ments con­structed on its site.

Shul pres­i­dent Robert Pinkus says the plan is to of­fer the site to a res­i­den­tial de­vel­oper, which in re­turn for the trans­fer, would build a new shul and flats.

Some of these would be avail­able as kosher homes for vis­i­tors to the Lan­cashire coastal re­sort.

The re­main­ing apart­ments would be sold or let by the de­vel­oper.

St Annes has re­ceived planning per­mis­sion for the con­struc­tion of a new sy­n­a­gogue and nine apart­ments on its site, which dates back to the late 1950s.

The com­pact new shul will be more in keep­ing with the cur­rent size (200 mem­bers) of the com­mu­nity.

“We were very con­scious of the im­bal­ance be­tween the ex­ist­ing build­ing — con­structed for a much larger mem­ber­ship — and our con­gre­ga­tion. We could fore­see a time when the build­ing be­came un­eco­nomic to main­tain,” Mr Pinkus said.

“The new shul will safe­guard the fu­ture of our con­gre­ga­tion for many years to come, both by pro­vid­ing a sy­n­a­gogue fit for pur­pose and apart­ments for vis­i­tors and res­i­dents alike.

He ex­pected the pro­ject “to take about 15 months. Dur­ing the build pe­riod we would find a tem­po­rary home for ser­vices.”

Mean­while, St Annes has ap­pointed Rabbi Danny Berg­son to suc­ceed Rabbi Ephraim Gut­tentag, who is leav­ing af­ter four years to join Hamp­stead Gar­den Sub­urb Sy­n­a­gogue.

Rabbi Berg­son — who has served Pin­ner Sy­n­a­gogue and the New­ton Mearns con­gre­ga­tion in Glas­gow — will start in Au­gust.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new build­ing — and (below) Rabbi Danny Berg­son

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