Harrogate gets a pre-festival makeover


The Harrogate Hebrew Congregation synagogue has undergone a major refit in time for the High Holy-Days. Improvements include an upgraded floor and new furniture in the Stanley Burton banqueting hall, roof repairs to the main building and the succah and enhanced toilet facilities.

Shul secretary Philip Morris said: "We are a haven in the heart of Harrogate, located in a secluded area in St Mary's Walk. We are blessed to enjoy a beautiful, traditional service with kiddushim every Shabbat. We provide a very warm welcome, excellent decorum and an offer of an aliyah to every visitor. We have started our regular services a little later at 10am and this has proved popular, resulting in increased attendance."

He added that the 130-member shul had been in "a strong position" to carry out such a large programme of work, having received two "very generous" legacies.

Harrogate attracts members and guests from a wide area, including congregants from the recently closed Bradford Synagogue. Country members include Londoners with holiday homes nearby. Services are conducted by a diverse roster of ministers, many of whom spend the weekend in the shul flat with their families.

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