London’s oldest Ashkenazi shul appealing for anecdotes and photos of congregants
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London’s oldest Ashkenazi shul appealing for anecdotes and photos of congregants

Sandys Row Synagogue hopes to tell the stories of congregants named on its seat plaques as part of the Our Roots project

Sandys Row Synagogue (Credit: Deror avi https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4265609)
Sandys Row Synagogue (Credit: Deror avi https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4265609)

Now its Our Roots project, to launch online on 22 July at 7.45pm, seeks to offer snapshots of the personal lives of its members past and present.

The Grand Plan, by Adam Dant

As part of the project, the synagogue’s artist-in-residence Adam Dant captured the shul’s ornate decor and benches in “The Grand Plan”, to be exhibited in the building.

The painting has been uploaded online, with an eye to matching personal photographs and anecdotes with seat plaques. “If you and members of your family are or were associated with the Sandys Row Synagogue, London’s oldest Ashkenazi community, we want to hear from you,” Leonie Lewis, project coordinator at the shul, said on Wednesday.

“This project will provide an ongoing live, shared narrative, telling our stories, and keeping the shul at the heartbeat of the Jewish East End, the City of London and beyond,” she added.

Rose Edmands, trustee of the synagogue, said the appeal is “the first stage of our Living History project, where we are seeking support to convert our basement into a permanent exhibition centre, showcasing our rich and unique heritage.”

To contribute to the Our Roots project, visit the web page https://sandysrowsynagogue.org/your-roots/.

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