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The Restoration of the Exeter Synagogue

Exeter Synagogue was first built in 1763, which makes it the third oldest synagogue in Great Britain, after Plymouth Synagogue, built some eighteen months before, and the famous Bevis Marks Synagogue in London. It is the same age as the Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island. As it approaches its 250th anniversary this historic synagogue is undergoing a major restoration programme, with renewal of the Georgian panelling behind the seats, complete reconstruction of the roof light, installation of central heating, and, most important of all, a major restoration of the synagogue's historic ark. It was at the beginning of the restoration programme that English Heritage recognised the historic importance of the synagogue by upgrading its 'listing' - it has been "starred".

We are a tiny congregation with a precious heritage, both of our Judaism and the gem of a historic synagogue which still provides a spiritual focus for this community. If you are able to help us in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Report on the repairs to the ark and seating | Initial report by the polychromy conservator | Interim report by the polychromy conservator

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