Less than a year after being under threat of closure, Highams Park and Chingford Synagogue has upgraded to full member status of the United Synagogue.
The move was a “no brainer”, said Steven Strum, chair of a new and energetic board of management. Despite the reservations of some of the old guard, “once we looked into the matter, it was an obvious decision for our board.
“We will now have the strength of the United Synagogue around us, making us better equipped to grow our community. Already our financial affairs have been straightened out and we are now in a really good position financially speaking.”
Founded just over 80 years ago, the shul’s current membership is around 200.
Backed by his fellow board members and part-time minister Rabbi Avromi Kahan, Mr Strum aims to put on a range of new activities to enhance community spirit and encourage more people to attend services. Shabbat morning service numbers are up and a communal Seder, Highams Park’s first in 30 years, attracted more than 50 participants.
“We are moving forward and I will be doing everything in my power to keep the shul going,” Mr Strum added.