Plans for a 21-storey high-rise office block at 33 Creechurch Lane threaten Bevis Marks, Europe’s oldest Synagogue in continual use. Join our campaign to Save Bevis Marks.
Save Bevis Marks Synagogue
If the planning application for 33 Creechurch Lane is allowed to go ahead, Bevis Marks could cease to function as a living synagogue as it will become increasingly difficult to hold services and ceremonies here.How You Can Help
Bevis Marks welcomes the October 2021 decision by the City of London to refuse the office block at 31 Bury Street. But the threat to our historic synagogue does not end there, and our campaign continues into 2022 to ensure 33 Creechurch Lane is refused too.
With the uncertainty over the Synagogue’s future now lasting over four years, we are calling on the City of London finally to refuse this application as soon as possible, and we need your help to make this happen.
”The synagogue is considered to be a cherished landmark of our community, and a source of great spiritual sustenance to British Jews. I believe it is essential that it be carefully protected, as any other place of worship so steeped in history would. I hope that the views of the local community will be received with the utmost seriousness.Chief RabbiBevis Marks Campaign
”Historic places of worship, both Christian and of other faiths, are hallmarks of the London architectural landscape. I hope…that everything possible is done to protect the Bevis Marks Synagogue from developments that would be detrimental both to its architectural context and to the needs of the worshipping community.”Cardinal Vincent Nichols Archbishop of Westminster.Bevis Marks Campaign
”Since it was built in 1701, the Jewish community has not once been the victim of an organised programme of state violence, unlike the vast majority of our sister communities in Europe. Bevis Marks Synagogue stands testament to that. It is also a symbol to wider society, of how diversity is integral to London. Before the first red bus or tube train; before pearly kings and queens; before even Buckingham Palace, there was Bevis Marks Synagogue, proclaiming cosmopolitan values at the heart of London.”President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Marie van der ZylBevis Marks Campaign