Major backing for Jewish heritage project in Merthyr Tydfil
Dawn Bowden MS has expressed “real joy at the announcement by the Foundation for Jewish Heritage can proceed with work at the former synagogue in Merthyr Tydfil”. Having acquired the building last year the Foundation have now assembled the funds to progres to the next stage of the project”.
Dawn said “this is a significant and landmark building with a history that is another part of the jigsaw in telling the story of the town. It is exciting to think that it will now form part of the town’s future. I was pleased to show Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister, around the town and this is one of the sites we visited. It is good to see plans falling into place”.
As the press release states “the Foundation for Jewish Heritage has successfully secured major funding for the next stage of its flagship project to preserve and re-purpose the former Merthyr Tydfil synagogue in Wales. This follows on from the Foundation purchasing the site last year.
Funding will go towards urgently needed repairs to the synagogue building as a result of grants received from Cadw – the Welsh Government’s heritage agency, and three major Foundations – The Pilgrim Trust, The Los Angeles-based [email protected] and the Philip King Charitable Trust.
In addition, leading UK heritage body the Architectural Heritage Fund, which has been advising on the project, has given a grant to enable the commissioning of a consultant to carry out research and prepare a detailed business plan. This will provide crucial information on the Synagogue’s future use and its long-term viability”.