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Middle Street Synagogue in Brighton, England



There are approximately 4,000 Jews living in the Brighton area and the community’s landmark building is the beautiful Middle Street synagogue situated in the city centre, owned by the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation.  The synagogue was opened in 1875 and is today a nationally recognised heritage site with grade II* listed status. .


The Challenge


The Jewish community moved out of the centre of Brighton causing a decline in the membership of Middle Street and its eventual closure in 2004.  The building has been lying empty and largely unused since then, its condition deteriorating.  Urgent repairs were recently carried out.


The Plan


In order to safeguard the future of Middle Street synagogue, the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation has commissioned the Foundation for Jewish Heritage to conduct a review of the building and its future potential.  This will involve undertaking a Feasibility Study to identify and evaluate various options as to how the building could be brought back into use, serving the Jewish and wider community of Brighton and beyond.

The site has significant potential given its undoubted heritage importance, its position within Brighton, and the level of local interest.   

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