Highgate Synagogue commences services in newly built shul
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Thursday 29th September 2016

This weekend, Highgate United Synagogue celebrated its first Shabbat in its newly built synagogue.    

The new building now seats an additional 60 people and has a dedicated library, an enlarged hall and two extra cheder classrooms. Since the old building was demolished in November 2015, the community has been generously hosted by Highgate School.   

Rabbi Nicky Liss, Rabbi of Highgate Synagogue said: “This is the shul that the wonderfully warm Highgate Synagogue community deserves.  Without the volunteer committees for fundraising, oversight, communications and ultimately building and fitting it out, we would never have accomplished so much in just a year. I want to thank all of them, as well as all our members who donated so generously and the United Synagogue for their tireless help. We now have a shul building that meets the needs of our growing community with significantly more seats, a beautiful new social hall multi-purpose spaces and we are also now much better able to welcome and accommodate wheel chair users.” 

 Rabbi Liss affixes the Mezuzah

Co-Chairs Ruth Green and David Smith added: “During this period of upheaval, the wider Highgate community and in particular Highgate School, led by headmaster Adam Petit and his team have gone out of their way to find space to host us, and accommodated all of our requirements.  Highgate US and Highgate School have always had a close relationship, but we are delighted how much closer it has become in the last year.  

“We look forward to welcoming the school, our neighbours and of course our members, into our fantastic new building.”