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Birmingham synagogue wins English Heritage award
Inside Singers Hill Synagogue
Singers Hill Synagogue was consecrated in 1856

A Birmingham synagogue has been praised by English Heritage for the work that has gone on to look after the building.

Singers Hill Synagogue has been awarded the title of 'most improved Place of Worship in the West Midlands'.

It was highlighted as a success story in an English Heritage report looking at the condition of religious buildings.

The survey found that over 200 West Midlands places of worship could be at risk of needing urgent major repairs.


English Heritage highlights Singers Hill as a place that was "previously vulnerable" but now restored and "definitely not being at risk".

The Synagogue was consecrated in 1856 and was designed by Yeoville Thomason who went on to design Birmingham Council House.

An English Heritage grant has helped fund work to sort out outbreaks of wet and dry rot and the congregation's own fundraising efforts have paid for repairs to stonework and windows.

Advice guide

The Chief Minister of the Synagogue, Rabbi Yossi Jacobs said the award was "a great honour and privilege which has been bestowed upon our congregation".

Keith Rowe, who is chairman of the Synagogue said he was delighted with the award which he described as a "wonderful accolade."

Meanwhile, English Heritage has put together a guide called Caring for Places of Worship which offers help and advice to congregations who are trying to fund and organise the upkeep of their faith buildings.

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