Photo of Shul by Catherine Yass (2000)

Hebrew - Congregation of Jacob
The Congregation of Jacob Synagogue
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Chevra Yisroel & Bicur Cholim & Stetziver Synagogue
351-353 Commercial Road, London, E1 2PS
Tel: 020 7790 2874
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Over 100 years of service to our community - Founded 5663-1903
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Photo (Left): Catherine Yass (2000) - Image (Right): Shul Pinkas (1903)

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Jewish Cronicle LogoJewish Chronicle -
20 August 2004 - 3 Elul 5764

Grant helps revival of historic East End shul

Gaby Wine

A 100-YEAR-OLD East End synagogue is to refurbish a disused ladies gallery thanks to an £8,000 grant.

The Federation-affiliated Congregation of Jacob in Commercial Road has received the grant from the United States-based Jewish Heritage Grant Program, which is part of the World Monuments Fund. It will be used to repair the walls and balcony in the ladies' gallery and to repair the fire doors and electrical wiring.

Michael Gold, the restoration project manager, told CC: "The gallery hasn't been used for around 40 years. Women sit downstairs behind a mechitzah (screen). The repairs will bring our 100-year old building up to modern standards. Then we can start work on other parts.

The original congregation consisted largely of immigrants from Poland and Lithuania. Today the community includes Jews from India and Germany, as well as some who were born in the East End and still live locally.

The synagogue has already undergone some work including repair of the floor, bimah and pews and new paintwork. Mr Gold said they were still looking for a further £30,000 to complete the refurbishmant.

The synagogue is in an area that was the heart of London's Jewish population in the early years of the last century. Thanks to a regeneration in the last decade, the 1904-founded shul now has around 150 members, including many young professionals who live in the area.


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