The Board of Deputies has backed a resolution to urge all UK synagogues and Jewish community organisations to take practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint.
At its plenary meeting last week, deputies voted for the resolution, which called on members to recognise the responsibility of the Jewish community to play its part in tackling global climate concerns. The policy, devised by the Board’s Community Issues Division, advised all UK synagogues and Jewish organisations to take action as soon as possible to make their premises environmentally friendly and energy-efficient.
A lengthy £2.3 million restoration project has been completed at the Grade II-star listed Hampstead Synagogue.
Work on the Dennington Park Road building has included new roofing, heating and ventilation, electricals and disabled access. The kitchen has been refurbished and brick and stonework repaired. The money was raised from donations and the sale of adjoining premises.
“It looks absolutely stunning,” said heritage architect Stephen Levrant. “Instead of being dreary and oppressive, it’s light and wonderful.