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England’s Jewish heritage under threat

16 November 2006 by Danny

Princes Road Synagogue

The interior of Princes Road Synagogue

A piece on this morning’s Today programme on Radio 4 highlighted the endangered status of a number of England’s architecturally-important inner city synagogues, and coincided with the publication of an English Heritage guidebook entitled ’Jewish Heritage in England: An Architectural Guide’ by Dr Sharman Kadish.

Diminishing congregations and population migration away from the inner cities are putting a number of these historical buildings at risk of being repurposed or redeveloped, and English Heritage is calling on the UK Government to help. These calls follow the launch in May of its ‘Inspired!’ campaign, which put the cost of repairing all of England’s listed places of worship at £925 million over the next five years. Read more…