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Birmingham Central Synagogue in move to join the United Synagogue
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Thursday 10th November 2016

Birmingham Central Synagogue, a major provincial Orthodox shul in the Midlands, is proposing to join the United Synagogue as a full member synagogue.

The community which is over 200 member strong has recently moved in to a new facility which combines both excellent religious and communal facilities as well as hosting the only exclusive kosher shop in the environs of Birmingham.

Birmingham Central Synagogue is also the first choice for the large number of Jewish students who study in Birmingham, many of whom live during term-time close to the synagogue and boost the regular Shabbat attendances providing a youthful dynamic to this provincial community.

The shul leadership has been in active discussions with the United Synagogue in regard to joining for several months and will be putting their findings and recommendations to its membership for their consideration and for a vote in December 2016.

Sheffield in 2014 became the first major synagogue to join the United Synagogue from outside of the Greater London area and it is hoped that Childwall Synagogue in Liverpool will also join the United Synagogue family over the coming months.

David Korn, Chair of the Birmingham Central Synagogue commented that, “I strongly support this recommendation as not only would it provide a long term security for the community, but it would also help drive new programmes and initiatives that our current and potential members will be able to benefit from”.

Leonie Lewis, Vice President of the United Synagogue and Trustee responsible for communities added, “ the United Synagogue is excited about the prospect of such a warm and vibrant community joining the United Synagogue and showing clearly that the US is there to be a partner for orthodox communities from all over the United Kingdom.”