During the Second World War, the synagogue was not directly hit but shock waves from bombing nearby damaged the structure of the building. This letter from S. Warman (in Glasgow) to Reinstein, The Synagogue Secretary, in London, is a poignant reminder of how precarious life was in London during the war.
“We heard about the V2 dropping in Middlesex St. and naturally thought of you and the synagogue. But TG all is well and will continue to be so.”
Much of the East End was devastated by German bombs. The East End was a particular target because of the docks, the railways and industry and Sandy Row Synagogue was right in the middle of it all. S. Warman writes: “The tension in London must be awful. We do want to come home but as you say, it is best to stay away for the time being, at any rate.”