Abraham’s Tent Project

South London Liberal Synagogue has launched a project to turn part of the synagogue building into a home for refugees. Called the ‘Abraham’s Tent’ project, this is the community’s most ambitious ever fundraising drive, as we look for £50,000. With that money, we will be able to house a family of refugees in the former caretaker’s flat attached to the building. A group of committed volunteers is working to fundraise.

We are exploring the possibility of supporting the family through Community Sponsorship by partnering with organisations across and beyond the Jewish community. However if this is not feasible, the family we house will either come through Lambeth Council’s commitment to the government’s Syrian vulnerable person’s resettlement scheme. Either way we at South London Liberal Synagogue will be working with partners to help a refugee family make a new home in Streatham. South London Liberal Synagogue is a registered charity number 236711

SLLS will receive rent from Lambeth Council for the flat, capped at the Local Authority Housing allowance, but it is significantly below market rate. At present, Lambeth Council has been unable to resettle all the refugees it has committed to because of a lack of affordable housing.

Following an inspiring campaign launch, attended by over 100 people from all faiths and backgrounds, we have had a very successful start to our fundraising campaign in February 2017. Thanks to the generosity of over 200 donors, we have now raised over £35,000 towards our goal, and are currently looking into commissioning the building work necessary to establish Abraham’s tent at SLLS in 2018. In the unlikely event that we are unable to complete this project, money raised through this appeal will be donated to the UNHCR Syrian Refugee Appeal. This is registered charity number 268369.

Keep up to date by following us on twitter @LondonSynagogue.  To get in contact with the project team please e-mail:  abrahamstent@southlondon.org