£7m home opens

The New North London Synagogue in Finchley has celebrated the first Shabbat in its new £7 million home.

Based within the grounds of the Sternberg Centre in East End Road in Finchley, the Masorti community centre incorporates prayer spaces, a youth room and a kindergarten for its 2,700-plus members.

As an example of its multi-purpose facilities, one of the prayer spaces will also serve as a library, study room and resource for tikkun olam projects.

Sustainability has been central to the design with a ground source heat pump producing the majority of the building's heating.

"This project has been in the making for 15 years," said NNLS executive director Claire Mandel. "It's amazing to see our vision finally realised."

NNLS rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg hoped it would provide "the inspiration to deepen our Judaism".

    Last updated: 11:55am, April 28 2011