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Greenbank Synagogue Mossley May 2019

Stevepg

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Treading a well worn path to this behemoth of a building 

The foundation stone for Greenbank Drive Synagogue was laid on 14 June 1936 by Baron Tobias Globe attended by the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, Dr J H Hertz. The building was consecrated on August 15 1937 and opened by Professor Henry Cohen (a member of the congregation and later Lord Cohen of Birkenhead). The basement area of the building was originally used as a youth centre and the synagogue had its own scout troop (the 22nd Wavertree). During the blitz in 1941 Greenbank Drive Synagogue was used as a reception centre for bombed out families in Liverpool and held a non-Jewish service at Christmas. It was also used as a social centre during the war by American Jewish GIs stationed at an air base in Burtonwood, Warrington. After the war they presented a plaque to the congregation (displayed in the entrance hall). In May 1959 a burglar started a fire that destroyed the Ark and Torah scrolls and part of the roof structure. The building was subsequently restored by the original firm of architects at a cost of £50,000 and re-consecrated in 1961. Due to increasing competition the youth centre closed at this time. A further fire occurred in two first floor offices behind the ladies' gallery in 1965 but damage was confined to the former areas. The building ceases active use on January 5 2008.

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Aha nice one! Had a go at this once with @Ferox but we didn’t get in ☹ was sealed pretty tight but I think back in the day everyone & his dog visited this place. Think that was the day we wrote off Liverpool ? 

 

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The building looks very massive from the outside. I particularly like the interior shot taken from the gallery towards the window.

 

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A place i've been to on three occasions, and still never been in with varying degrees of hilarity :4_joy: . Sad that the Jews of Europe are leaving and the security note is just a little reminder of the threat they face on a daily basis. SheElohim yevarach otha. Nice pics and report.

 

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A place i've been to on three occasions, and still never been in with varying degrees of hilarity :4_joy: . Sad that the Jews of Europe are leaving and the security note is just a little reminder of the threat they face on a daily basis. SheElohim yevarach otha. Nice pics and report.
Drove through Tottenham area yesterday they’re very much still there in numbers! Sound report, I haven't seen it myself but cool it’s still explorable :)  

 

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Glad its not suffered any major vandalism. I found the atmosphere inside when I went very calming, a really pleasant building to spend some time in. 

 

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Good to see this pop up again

 
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