Exciting times for Beth Shalom Cambridge
Monday, 12 April 2010The Cambridge community is about to embark on a project to see the first Progressive synagogue built in the city’s history.
Beth Shalom has been in existence for over 25 years but has never had its own building. Frank Harris, Chair of Beth Shalom says: "Twice in the past we have tried to find a permanent home without success. Then in the autumn of 2009 we came across a site in Auckland Road in the centre of Cambridge. It looked promising – it faces east onto land that is to become an orchard and is located in a city centre site that is easily accessible for members as well as the many Progressive students in both universities located in Cambridge."
"However, the site was owned by the City Council and we knew that some form of bid would be necessary. After consultation we submitted a bid and the Council decided in our favour as we are a community project. The planned building will accommodate a prayer hall for at least 200 people and other social and educational needs."
The Synagogue Council successfully raised funds of over £500,000 to cover the cost of the land but further funds are needed to build the synagogue. Architects have been appointed and the community is now looking to raise £1,000,000 from members old and current, university alumni and other charitable foundations.
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