The grant is in two stages. The first grant is for £17,000 plus VAT, enabling Golders Green to prepare the necessary specifications and to then send the work out to tender. Provided this first stage is done to the satisfaction of English Heritage, Golders Green Shul will then receive a further £94,000 towards the work.
The original Synagogue building was opened in 1922, extended in 1928 and survived the Blitz during the Second World War. The building is architecturally beautiful and Grade 2 listed, but as the last major decoration and repair work took place in 1976 the building is in need of major work.
This initial grant is an excellent first step in Golders Green United Synagogue’s huge community development and building refurbishment programme. This programme which will cost the community about £3million will take time to raise. With currently 500 member families, the community plans to further develop and enhance the United Synagogue presence in Golders Green. The aim is to create a facility which enhances the Shul’s image and provide communal facilities for the local and wider Jewish community.
Jacqui Zinkin, vice chair of Golders Green United Synagogue said “The grant is a major boost to the regeneration of the Dunstan Road community and its historic home. The money is to be used towards replacing the roof of the main building which is currently in a very poor state. The award of a grant of this size shows the importance both the community and English Heritage place on not only the building but the presence of a United Synagogue in Golders Green.”