Our Move to Stanmore Hill, Update 5, March 2021

The arrangements for our move from Harrow to Stanmore Hill are now gaining pace.

We will be leaving Bessborough Road in early April. Before then we have been emptying the building of items which are no longer required and selling what we can – even the giant chandeliers have attracted buyers. Many thanks to the over 20 members of all 3 of our synagogues who have offered space in their houses and garages, which has saved us over £8,000 in not having to use commercial storage facilities.

Although there will not be an opportunity to say an in-person farewell to the building, two Zoom events are planned. On Tuesday March 30th we will be conducting a brief service during which the scrolls will be removed from the ark for the last time. For the coming months they will be stored safely so they can be available as soon as we are able to resume face to face services in a temporary location, and ready for their new home at Stanmore Hill.  The Czech scroll and display case will be in the care of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue.

Then on Sunday May 23rd an afternoon of fun reminiscences including presentations, music and contributions by Mosaic members of all ages is being planned. More details of this will be advertised soon – and if you have any memories of Bessborough Rd that you would like to share then please email us with them.

While we have been readying ourselves for the move out, building work has accelerated at Stanmore Hill. The work underground has started and the pile drivers have moved in.  The structure is expected to be above ground by early April. That is the next significant milestone.

We are also continuing to engage with the developers on major infrastructure issues like the moveable partition walls, and cabling to be installed to ensure the new building can support all the activities we are planning.

Once we have left Bessborough Road we will continue to offer our current activities on Zoom, and we will start some in-person activities when the Covid situation safely allows. Our Rabbis and other staff will continue to work from home and the office is re-locating to Pinner – details of that will follow soon. Please note that you will still be able to contact us on 020 8864 0133.

We will provide further updates in the months ahead. Meanwhile if you would like to be part of the arrangements for the numerous aspects of our move or have any questions then please contact us .

March 3, 2021