In 2015, the Leicester Hebrew Congregation was awarded a first round grant by The Heritage Lottery Fund to 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’ and Educational Centre to welcome the public, schools and various other groups, responding to a high demand for Heritage visits. The Project will allow the enhancement of the Synagogue by creating a new entrance and will open up spaces previously unavailable to the public also allowing for full disabled access to most areas.
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.
In 2017, HLF awarded the Leicester Hebrew Congregation a grant of £1,157 million to create the Centre and work is expected to start in August 2018. Please consult the website for future updates, and Leicester looks forward to welcoming you to the building in the future.
For further information, images and interviews, please contact Sandra Cohen, Project Administrator, through the contact form.