Labour Visit


13 October 2021

Labour’s shadow culture secretary tours BNJC and Middle Street Synagogue

Leaders attending the Brighton Labour Conference take a tour of our exciting new Jewish community hub and the beautiful Grade II listed Middle Street Synagogue.
Inside Middle Street Synagogue: Rabbi Rader, Claudia Mendoza of the JLC, MP Jo Stevens and BNJC's CEO Marc Sugarman
Together with the Jewish Leadership Council and the Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation (BHHC), we were delighted to host a contingent of guests attending the Labour Party Conference in Brighton to spotlight the importance and value of Brighton's Jewish present, its future, and its past. Guests included Jo Stevens MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Claudia Mendoza Co-Chief Executive of Jewish Leadership Council and Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies.

The group first visited BNJC, where our CEO Marc Sugarman hosted a hard hat tour of the site, pointing out the areas that will soon become the BHHC synagogue, educational and co-working facilities, restaurant and deli, all built with the aim to revitalise Jewish life in Brighton & Hove. Guests were also able to see first-hand the outstanding accommodation being built on-site. Visit our Sapphire Hove website to learn more about these 45 stunning new homes.

The Cardiff Central MP, Jo Stevens particularly commended the environmental credentials of our development, and the importance and value of sharing Jewish culture with the wider local community, saying:
"It was a real pleasure to visit the Brighton and Hove Jewish Community centre and see for myself the ambitious vision for this project which will help to strengthen the Jewish community in Hove and establish a cultural destination for people across the whole of the city and beyond."
The group visiting the construction site of the Jewish community Development on New Church Road, Hove
Following the tour, the group moved on to visit Middle Street Synagogue, one of the most iconic synagogues in the UK. Guests heard from BHHC’s Rabbi Rader of the importance of the beautiful Grade II listed Synagogue as a vital heritage building both for Brighton & Hove and the Jewish world. There was an acknowledgement from all present of the need for investment to restore the building to its former magnificence.

Claudia Mendoza commented that Middle Street Synagogue was a “hidden treasure in Brighton and securing its future is important not only for Brighton’s Jewish community but for the nation. We hope that funding can be found to sustain this unique shul for future generations to experience.”

You can also read the articles in the Jewish News and the Jewish Chronicle about the visit.
Inside Middle Street Synagogue: Rabbi Rader in conversation with MP Jo Stevens