Jewish Heritage Report
Vol. I, Nos. 3-4 / Winter 1997-98
Congregation Votes to Sell Landmark Synagogue in Sheffield, England
The Jewish Chronicle reported (October 17, 1997) that Sheffield Hebrew Congregation members have voted by more than a two-to-one majority to sell their grade two listed synagogue to a Baptist church. After meeting twice to consider alternatives, including the sale of Kingfield Hall, its communal center and banqueting suite, the congregation will accept an offer of £200,000. A congregant's offer to provide the basis of a fund to maintain both buildings was rejected.
The meeting was swayed by arguments from younger members who expressed concern at being left with the responsibility for two buildings. There was strong support for the view that as Kingfield Hall had been built as a dual-purpose structure - and could be converted into a synagogue - there was no need to retain the synagogue itself. The synagogue, in Wilson Road, had gained its listed status for its fine interior, particularly its wooden fittings.
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