Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS), which is also the home of The Northwood Venue, is raising money for a hybrid physical-virtual space, which would allow the community centre to operate in the times of COVID-19.
NPLS is trying to raise £5,000 to get the project up and running – and having raised more than £1,000 already, they have entered the implementation phase of the project.
Before COVID-19, NPLS was a true community hub with a wide range of social and cultural activities for all, irrespective of faith and background. Aside from the use as a synagogue, the building was used extensively by the local community for events that included: parties, classes, exhibitions and adult education.
The classes, run by external instructors or synagogue members, reached adults and children by providing a diverse range of activities.
All of these activities came to a halt in the building when the lockdown started.
This project would give those class providers a physical space and online platform, to enable them to deliver classes simultaneously and smoothly to an audience in the hall and a second audience online – allowing those who will continue to have to shield to also take advantage of the classes.
While the synagogue are investing themselves, they are also hoping for the community’s help.
For more information or to donate, go to avivacommunityfund.co.uk/creating-a-physical-virtual-hybrid-space#start