Windows that need to be kept in frame

By Cathy Forman, March 11, 2013
An etched glass window at Central Synagogue

An etched glass window at Central Synagogue

Birmingham Central Synagogue is seeking homes for 36 etched glass windows before its move to smaller, modern premises on its Pershore Road site.

Shul president Geoffrey Clements explained that 42 windows, depicting the festivals and other significant occasions, “were specially commissioned in 1960 for the [then] new building and are unique. We only have the space to include six of the windows in our new building and are therefore looking to find homes for the other 36, generating some useful income for the community at the same time. They are extremely valuable and would cost in excess of £5,000 each if they were commissioned from new.”

Work is under way on a construction project, due for completion before the High Holy-Days, to convert the synagogue’s Malcolm Locker Hall into a shul for its 200 members. The current synagogue building was sold to a care home developer to fund the £500,000 redevelopment.

A celebratory dinner to mark 50 years of the Malcolm Locker Hall attracted 150 people. The evening’s brochure featured photos of community events down the years and film footage of the opening in 1961 was shown.
Images of the windows can be viewed on the shul website,

Last updated: 10:45am, March 11 2013