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Remembering Stepney Orthodox
Synagogue, Stepney Green.
Stepney Orthodox Synagogue came
into being in 1896 as a protest against the use of a mixed voice
choir in the nearby East London Synagogue in Rectory Square.
The protesters considered the use of female voices in a service
an outrage against Orthodox Jewish practice. The
Reverend Joseph Stern of the East London Synagogue responded to
his detractors by saying that his mixed voice choir was in
full accordance with Orthodox Jewish practice.
Nevertheless, a group of dissenters left to form their own
separate synagogue in Stepney Green. Their first premises were
located in Paragon Mansions, Stepney Green. In 1914 they
acquired, converted and moved into a former Primitive Methodist
Chapel a short distance away. Stepney Orthodox Synagogue
survived until 1980 when it closed to merge with Fieldgate
Street Synagogue. The building is now The Rosalind Green
Hall - an amateur boxing club and skills training workshop.
From the outside there is little to see other than a rather
plain square building, but inside vestiges of the synagogue
remain, in particular the ark and the upstairs ladies
gallery. In August 2012 I was fortunate to be invited
inside with my camera, and the following photos are the result.
A plaque in the interior
is dedicated to the first patron of the boxing club - Jewish
philanthropist Phil Green. Rosalind Green Hall was named for the
daughter of Mr & Mrs Philip Green, who died tragically at the
age of 10. The Greens were members of Sandy's Row synagogue
in Spitalfields where the plaque below, located adjacent to
Sandy's Row's ark commemorates the life of their daughter.
Phil Green ran market stalls in Petticoat Lane.
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