Birmingham's Singers Hill Synagogue was packed for a choral Selihot service a few days before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
The special occasion, which was presided over by the Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks, and attended by Jewish Heritage Director Dr Sharman Kadish, doubled as an opportunity to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the senior "cathedral synagogue" of England, which was opened back in September 1856. In recent years, owing to dwindling membership, the building has been fighting hard to stave off the possibility of redundancy. Situated in the middle of a neighbourhood that is rapidly being regenerated, the signs are now good for its long-term future. Worshippers were treated to a fine rendition of the traditional prayers by Hazan Lionel Rosenfeld and the Shabbaton Choir, enhanced by the excellent acoustics of the building.