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At London’s Sandys Row Synagogue: Delving into Layers of History

Sandys Row Synagogue, London’s oldest still functioning Ashkenazi Synagogue, was established in the 19th century by Dutch Jews from Amsterdam in a building that was originally constructed in 1766 as a Protestant chapel. In this personal essay, writer and artist Rachel Lichtenstein, who is working on a book that explores the story of the synagogue, describes its current status and complex history — as well as her personal relationship with the building and London’s East End.

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