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Shul gets listed

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-05-31

Golders Green Synagogue

Golders Green Synagogue

Golders Green Synagogue in north west London which is celebrating its 85th anniversary has another reason for celebration this year - it has officially become a Grade 2 listed building.

In its description, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said of the shul in Dunstan Road:

"The Building was judged to be a building of special architectural or historical interest.  This is because of its historic interest as the first and major synagogue in this area, which rapidly developed as one of the most significant Jewish neighbourhoods in C20 London and where its discrete traditional Neo-Georgian exterior, designed by two of the best known Jewish architects in this period, was intended to blend in with the architecture of the garden suburb; and for its particularly impressive interior, seen in the building’s scale and spatial qualities as well as the quality and intactness of its fittings."

The recognition has delighted the community.

"The listing offers us the opportunity to develop our communal facilities whilst preserving our unique status and position as the first major synagogue in the area," said Golders Green Synagogue vice-chair Jacqui Zinkin.