Sandys Row Synagogue in Spitalfields was founded by 50 pioneering Dutch families in 1854 and opened in 1870. Since that time this unique building has never closed its doors. Sandys Row is London’s oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue and the last fully functioning Synagogue in the area, located just off Bishopsgate, in the heart of London’s former Jewish East End.
Sandys Row has recently received Heritage Lottery Funding for an oral history and local community heritage project called “Our Hidden Histories” which has involved collecting memories, photographs and artefacts relating to the heritage of the building from 1854 to the present day.
Project Manager Rachel Lichtenstein has been working closely with the Bishopsgate Institute, The Board of Sandys Row Synagogue, elderly members of the synagogue and a team of excellent volunteers. Watch the film to learn more, browse through the timeline to view information gathered from various archives, click on the audio archive to hear excerpts of oral history interviews, meet the team, download the teacher’s pack or add your own story to this ongoing archive. To discover more about the history of this unique building come and visit Sandys Row Synagogue and see the multimedia exhibition created about the project.
Our Hidden Histories
4a Sandys Row, Spitalfields, London E1 7HW
020 7377 6196
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