The ceiling collapse at the East London Central Synagogue in Nelson Street on January 10 is a big blow to the East End's Jewish legacy.
One immediate consequence is that the Holocaust Memorial inter-faith event due to take place there on Sunday January 26 is now set to be held at Sandy’s Row Synagogue, 4A Sandy's Row, Spitalfields, London E1 7HW, a short walk from Liverpool Street station. Full details should shortly appear on the Tower Hamlets Council website at http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=70899
The associated guided walk on January 26 on the theme The Jewish East End, World War Two and the Holocaust, led by East End historian and qualified guide Clive Bettington, will take place as planned. The meeting point is Aldgate tube station at midday, and the walk will end at about 2.30 in time for the inter-faith Holocaust Memorial Service.
Nelson Street is one of the East End's last functioning synagogues and due to celebrate its centenary next year. The cost of repairs is expected to be some £500,000. If that cannot be found, this historic building, with its beautiful interior, will be lost.