Exeter shul celebrates 250th anniversary
by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2013-02-22
A £125,000 fundraising drive has been started for Exeter Synagogue so that it will be able to restore its building in time for celebrations to mark its 250th anniversary in the summer.
The independent synagogue was built in 1763 and serves a wide geographic population of Jews in the south west of England.
Despite its small Jewish population, the synagogue holds regular Friday and Saturday shabbat services.
"As we approach our 250th Anniversary, we are about to embark on another major repair and restoration programme, eliminating some of the causes of damp, and repairing parts which have been damaged or just generally deteriorated over time," the synagogue says on its website.
"This work will be very costly and we will need much financial help from our members, supporters and friends."
So far, according to synagogue treasurer Richard Yoffey £16,000 has been raised in just three weeks and they hope it should not take long to meet their £125,000 target.
Those wishing to help can show their support by visiting te Exeter Synagogue Just Giving page to make an online donation.