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Solidarity with Bevis Marks Synagogue

Posted Mon, 05/13/2024 - 11:14 by Lazzaro

 

Christian clergy from across City of London churches with Rabbi Morris and members of the community at Bevis Marks

Bevis Marks Synagogue is the only dedicated place of worship, other than Christian churches, in the City of London, nestled in its courtyard, with an unbroken thread of worship for over three hundred years.

In 2021 Bevis Marks Synagogue and its supporters successfully campaigned against a 48 storey tower in Bury Street.  In 2023, there was a successful campaign to expand the proposed Creechurch conservation area to preserve the setting of the Synagogue from future development.  During that campaign the leaders of Bevis Marks, St Katherine Cree and St Botolph’s Aldgate published a joint letter to encourage people in the area to protect not only the medieval cityscape of the Priory (the option proposed by the City of London), but also the Jewish history and heritage of the area, including the site of the Great Synagogue.

In 2024 there is yet another threat to the ability of the congregation of Bevis Marks to worship, including the prayers said at the appearance of the new moon. The developers have submitted another application, this time for a 45 storey tower.   As clergy in the City of London we consider this not just to be a local issue for the eastern side of the City, instead to underline that places of worship are not merely ‘heritage assets’ but living places of worship and community. Our joint letter expresses our solidarity with Rabbi Morris and the community at the synagogue. The consultation closes on 15 May.  

If you wish to support Bevis Marks Synagogue and object to this planning application, please submit your comment online here: https://www.planning2.cityoflondon.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=S6YBENFHH1E00

 

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