Heritage Bid

HLF-LogoIt was announced recently that Leicester Synagogue has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its “Sharing Jewish Heritage” project: a grant of £81,700 has been awarded to develop the £1.2 million pound project.

The project will preserve, celebrate and share Leicester’s rich Jewish heritage. The Leicester Hebrew Congregation Synagogue has been used by the Jewish community for worship and educational purposes since 1897. Currently the building welcomes over 2500 visitors a year as well as being used for regular worship by the local Jewish Community. The historic school rooms will be transformed into a Visitors’ Centre to welcome public and education groups, responding to high demand (particularly from schools) for heritage visits. The project will open up all the main spaces, including the synagogue itself, the ritual pool (mikvah) and the upstairs gallery, with level/lift access throughout.

The restored spaces will support activities including hands on sessions for schools, family activities, research sessions and heritage days. New displays will let people discover the community’s hidden history and historic artefacts. Existing and new volunteers will be trained to support visits. New links, engagement activities and partnerships will create a sustainable future for the building and the wider history of Leicester it represents.

The project is expected to start in the Autumn of 2015 with the new Visitors’ Centre opening in March 2018. During all of this period the Synagogue will still be available to both congregants and visitors.

About Leicester Hebrew Congregation (LHC)
LHC was founded in 1876 and the custom built synagogue opened in 1897. The orthodox congregation is currently led by Rabbi Shmuli Pink and his wife Rivkie.

For further information, images and interviews, please contact Sandra Cohen, Project Administrator, through the contact form.