Windfall for investors in Iraqi communal centre
Taken from the Jewish Chronicle, March 11,
Donors who gave £1000 to open an Iraqi Jewish centre
35 years ago, will each receive £35,000 following
the sale and closure of the centre.
The building - The Gardenia Community Centre in Russell
road Kensington- was purchased and fitted out for £19,000
in 1969 following the arrival in the UK of large numbers
of Iraqi Jews who fled show-trials and assassinations.
The centre was sold in 1977 for £91,000 and a second
building in the same road was purchased in 1981 for f75,000.
It is now being sold to property developers for £1.5
million and each of the original donors will receive £135,000.
A further 15 people who gave a half-share of £2,500
to refurbish the second building will each receive £17,500
One of the original investors is Naim Dangoor, now 90,
who came to the UK from Baghdad in 1964. He told CC: "The
investors thought it was a donation and didn't expect
to get anything. There are a number of widows who will
find the money very useful".
Explaining why the building was being sold, he said: A
whole generation has passed and [Iraqi Jews] have integrated
into the community so there is no need to have a centre.