Participants from all over the country took part in the first-ever free practical course for volunteers from the Jewish community who care for historic synagogues.
This unique "Faith In Maintenance" (FiM) day, developed by Britain's oldest conservation charity, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), was hosted by the Grade I Listed New West End Synagogue (London) in association with Jewish Heritage.
FiM is led by architect and former SPAB Scholar Sara Crofts. She says: "It has become absolutely clear that volunteers genuinely want to learn about the buildings they care for so that they can do the right things to protect and maintain them. The response has been overwhelming, demonstrating a real need for this kind of advice. Along with thoroughly enjoying the day, participants have found the course inspiring and confidence-boosting”.
Dr Sharman Kadish, Director of Jewish Heritage, says: “ ‘Faith In Maintenance’ is a wonderfully positive initiative which can really benefit the Jewish community. We needn’t be daunted by the challenges of cherishing our architectural heritage. There is expert help out there!”