(Shelter of Peace)
a Reform synagogue in Wanstead
The Rabbi is David Hulbert
1, Victory Road,
Hermon Hill, Wanstead,
London, E11 1UL.
Tel: 020 8530 3345
|The synagogue welcomes visits from schools.
The synagogue is the former Wanstead Hospital chapel, a Victorian Grade 2 listed building completed in 1863. The architect was George Somers Clarke (1841-1926), a pupil of Sir Charles Barry, who designed the Houses of Parliament.
The members of Sukkat Shalom received English Heritage and Lottery funding awards of £330,000 to restore the building and also raised £80,000 themselves. The Edwardian oak paneling and many of the fittings came from the former Tottenham Jewish Home and Hospital.
In the room behind the beautifully carved ark (holding the Torah scrolls) you can see stained glass windows of angels, showing the original use of the building.
The stained glass windows from the Tottenham Jewish home are suspended from the ceiling, the synagogue aims to add lighting behind them to enhance their beauty.
The entrance area has a memorial in the form of a tree, with dedications on each leaf.
Text and photographs by Anne Krisman (except *)