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. Lambeth Council is actively working with the synagogue 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. Thanks to the generosity of over 150 donors, we have now raised £18,500 towards our goal, and are more motivated than ever to build Abraham's tent at SLLS. 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.