Sandys Row Synagogue in Spitalfields was founded by 50 pioneering Dutch families in 1854. Since that time the unique building has never closed down.Sandys Row is the London’s oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue and the last fully functioning Synagogue in the area, located just off Bishopsgate. It is the heart of London’s former Jewish East End.Sandy Rows has been known as a continuous place of worship.It was built as a church as before that it was a wooden structure.Jewish people needed to pray so the community at Bricklane,Liver pool street had a local church called Sandy Rows and the Sandy Rows was near to them.The Sandy Rows was very locally to them and this is the reason why the Jewish community visited Sandy Row’s.
Rachel Lichtenstein who is a writer and artist, is the Project Manager that has been working closely with Bishopsgate Institute on this project. Fragile archival material based at Sandys Row Synagogue has been removed for safe keeping to Bishopsgate Institute’s Archives, where it is being conserved and preserved for the future. Rachel has been cataloguing and documenting this collection preparing it to be returned to Sandys Row. Synagogue.Sandys Rows Synagogue was built for the Jewish community. Now,everybody is welcome at Sandy Row’s.Some people don’t even know that this place exists.Sandy Rows has hidden stories.It was built in 1766 as a Huguenot church, then a chapel, until the pioneering Dutch founders of this community first rented it in 1854. A £400,000 restoration of the roof and interior was recently completed with major grants from English Heritage for the Grade II-listed building.Rachel Lichtenstein works with 15 volunteers who specifically work on a archive project.They are trying to find information of the community who had connections in the past with the Sandy Row Synagogue.The second thing is to shift the archive to Bishopsgate where it can be conserved and looked after.Those Volunteers work on the project to get information of the history of Sandy Row Synagogue.The volunteers have done a good job as they have found a lot of information in relation to archive material.The Synagogue was produced because many years ago the people used to meet in their homes and houses as then they purchased the Synagogue building.They have found stories, photos and historical content material of the Sandy Row Synagogue.When the project will be completed,it will lead to an exhibition.The volunteers do a lot of voice recordings as this helps them to find facts in relation to the past of the Synagogue.The area of the Sandy Rows was very crowdy and there was a large community.During 1880 to 1930 there was a hundred thousand Jewish people who visited the Synagogue.
Own opinion of the visit to Sandy’s Row:
I found my visit to the Sandy’s Row quite useful as Rachel Lichtenstein gave a good talk about the Rag Trade. I collected some great photos and also some archive material which I found good to see.e.g.I saw the different detailed designs of the archive photos which were very interesting e.g. in terms of the different stories which happened many years ago.Also,I saw lots of buildings and people which were linked to the archive.I found the different photos of the archive effective as they showed different past stories of the Rag Trade.