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Labour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle


4 July 2021

Celebrating a construction milestone with a Topping Out Ceremony

On 1 July we were joined by MP Peter Kyle and Jewish community leaders to celebrate reaching the highest point in our build with a Topping Out ceremony. Hosted in partnership with our contractor, Osborne, the ceremony marked a milestone moment in the construction of our ambitious Jewish community development, due to open in 2022. The event was an opportunity for community leaders to come together to reflect on the progress of this forward-thinking project that aims to revitalise the Jewish community in Brighton & Hove.

Amongst those in attendance was local MP for Hove, Peter Kyle, representatives from the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation, as well as leaders from local Jewish organisations across the city. The ceremony marked the start of a new chapter for Brighton’s Jewish community, united behind the mission to honour 250 years of Jewish history in Brighton & Hove by providing the facilities to ensure Jewish life will continue to thrive in the years to come.

Speaking to the attendees of the Topping Out ceremony, Peter Kyle praised the significance of building a Jewish Community hub in central Hove, commenting that:
“In an era where lots of people are talking about the Jewish community, most will only see Jewish life from the outside. Not many have the chance to see it from within. What excites me most is that this will be a facility for everyone to walk in and experience Jewish life, interact with Jewish culture, Jewish food and feel a part of it. We’re so proud that this has been created in our community.” Peter Kyle, MP
Guests enjoyed the stunning views of the sea and the South Downs from the tallest part of the site and were treated to a L’Chaim (a Jewish toast ‘to life’), a slice of cake and a sneak-peek of the development. The event also included a trowel ceremony, where BNJC trustee Michael Davids laid a final section of concrete on the top floor of the building, alongside David Seidel (Chair of Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation) and Andrew Osborne, Chairman of Osborne. At the end of the ceremony, Rabbi Rader (Rabbi of Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation), led an emotional inaugural Mincha (afternoon prayer) service, in the shell of the beautiful new synagogue.

During the ceremony, attendees heard an exclusive announcement from BNJC’s CEO Marc Sugarman about Sapphire Hove, the fantastic residential offer on-site at New Church Road, Hove. In speaking about these 45 outstanding homes, Marc Sugarman commented:

“In property, the adage is location, location, location - and we have just that! A beautiful part of Hove, right by the seaside, the south downs, and less than an hour from London. Our stunning homes offer an opportunity for purposeful living in a wonderful community, with incredible facilities and outstanding kosher food. We hope people from across the UK will consider Brighton as a place to live and to bring up a family. ”
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Topping Out trowel ceremony. From the right: Andrew Osborne (Chairman of Osborne), Michael Davids (BNJC Trustee), David Seidel (Chair of Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation)
Sapphire Hove offers a diverse range of outstanding housing just 500 metres from the beach. From spacious mews houses and penthouses with stunning views, to affordable and stylish apartments, these 45 homes have been built to suit a range of budgets and life stages. Some apartments also qualify for Help to Buy support for first-time buyers. All Sapphire Hove residents will have access to BNJC’s fantastic on-site facilities as well as 24/7 security, concierge service and underground car parking.
Register interest now to be the first to hear about the progress of the 45 stunning properties available in the centre of a vibrant seaside Jewish community on the brink of a new chapter.