851 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 9SZ
Tel: 01702 711663 • Email • Charity No. 237616 •

A Constituent of the Movement for Reform Judaism

Sun 11 Dec 2016

11 Kislev 5777

Forthcoming Events

On Saturday, 19th November, 2016, SDRS celebrated their 70th Anniversary with a special service, led by our Rabbi, Warren Elf.  Many dignatories attended the service, including our MP Sir David Amess, the Mayor of Southend and many more.  See the report and photos in the Gallery on this website.

The meeting of the Jewish Geneological Society of Great Britain took place at  SDRS on Sunday,20th November,    Anne Marcus led  the session.  It was a very successful meeting with many participants finding out more information to add to their family trees.  The next meeting is proposed for February, 2017 - further details to follow.

Come and meet Student Rabbi ELLIOTT KARSTADT on the following dates:-

On the evening of Saturday, 3rd December there was an evening of fun and entertainment.  There was a play, lots of singers and various acts that made everyone laugh and all this was followed by some light refreshments.  Our Master of Ceremonies was Maurice Caplan and he was aided and abetted by Rabbi Warren Elf, David Perry, Gerald Calmus and Rosemary Apple.  The play, entitled 'The Landlord Cometh' was performed by The First Stage Drama Group.  To see more photos, go to The Gallery on this site.

On Friday, 4th November, 2016, Rabbi Elf led the Erev Shabbat service and conducted a baby blessing for Eliza Miller.  A wonderful service with parents, grandparents and great grandparents plus many other relations, friends and members of the Community attending.  After the service everyone enjoyed some delicious pastries and a welcome cup of tea.  

On Friday evening, Erev Shabbat, 25th November, members of the congregation came together to have a Chavurah Supper after the service, which was led by Student Rabbi Elliott Karstadt.  It was a very meaningful service and the food that had been brought in by members of the congregation was enjoyed by all.

On Friday night, Erev Shabbat, 30th December, there will be a special Chanucah Service led by Rabbi Elf and Student Rabbi Karstadt which will start at 6.30 pm and will be followed by such things as latkes and doughnuts etc.  Hope you can all come and join us in celebrating Chanucah.

On Friday, 14th April, 2017 we will be holding our annual Pesach Seder Night.  Put the date in your diaries now.  Further details to follow.


Welcome to the website of Southend and District Reform Synagogue which is a Constituent of the Movement for Reform Judaism (MRJ and their link) and is based at 851 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 9SZ.

The Synagogue was founded as Southend Liberal Synagogue in Leigh on Sea in October 1946 and moved to London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea in 1961, renamed as Southend Progressive Synagogue. In March 1972 we changed our name to Southend and District Reform Synagogue and joined the Reform Movement.

Shabbat Morning Services are held weekly at 10.30 a.m and Friday Night Services at 7.30 pm on alternate weeks (see ‘Services’ for dates).

The Synagogue has a hearing loop, disabled access and facilities, and a baby changing facility.