Friday 21 August 2009
Alaster has slate expectations for shul roof project
After making an appeal in the Jewish Telegraph last month, Princes Road synagogue has already sold 20 per cent of its new roof slates.
The synagogue, a Grade 1 listed building built in 1874, requires two thousand new slates to replace the old and worn ones, which will offer superior protection for the extravagant interior of the building.
Project manager Alaster Burman said: "The response to our roof slate sale has been remarkable - 20 per cent sold before we laid the first slate.
"People's generosity has been fantastic, both from the Jewish and non-Jewish community and beyond Merseyside."
"It is a source of pride to the congregation that people think so highly of this magnificent building and we thank the Jewish Telegraph for help us achieve our aims through the newspaper."
English Heritage has supported the building repairs, but the shul is still looking for more donations of £10 per slate to complete the work.
So far, more than 450 slates have been sold, raising more than £4,000.
Every donor will receive a certificate of authentication and their names will be inscribed in a leather-bound book, which will be displayed alongside the original donors list of 1872.