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

A Constituent of the Movement for Reform Judaism

Sat 23 Feb 2019

18 AdarI 5779

Forthcoming Events

Don't forget about the baskets near the front door.  They are for our donations of food and toiletries that go to HARP, the local charity that helps the homeless.  Please remember to drop some item of food or toiletries into the basket next time you come to the Synagogue.  Every little bit helps.

Rabbi Elf will be taking services on the following dates 

Friday 1st March at 7.30pm and Saturday 2nd March at 10.30am

Friday 15th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 16th March at 10.30am

Friday 29th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 30th March at 10.30am

Other Saturday services will be taken by the lay readers


Due to the new General Data Protection regulations magazines will no longer be available on the website If you would like a magazine mailed to you, please e-mail your request quoting your full name and address.

As most people know, the parking restrictions in the stretch of the London Road, where SDRS is, have stopped anyone parking between 8.30  am to 9.30 am and 4.30pm to 6.00 pm.  These restrictions have now been stopped and you can park along that stretch of road at any time during the day.  However, please note, that this has unfortunately not made parking easier as residents and other members of the public are now parking as they no longer have to move their cars when the restrictions used to come in.


After the Shabbat service on 16th February, there was  a Kiddush to celebrate our new members to the shul and also to celebrate those members who have celebrated a special birthday recently.  It was a great occasion and Rabbi Elf invited all the participants who were blessed with a 'special' birthday or were new members to go up on the Bimah to be honoured with a mitzvah.  Everyone enjoyed the Kiddush ably prepared by our wonderful Ladies' Guild as usual.

On Saturday, 30th March, there will be a special service to mark the wonderful honour that our Rabbi, Warren Elf, has received.  That of his MBE.  Invitations are being sent out to some special guests and it is hoped that as many of the congregation as can will come to this service, which will be followed by the usual fantastic kiddush that the Ladies Guild prepare.

On Sunday, 28th April, there will be a special service to commemorate Yom Hashoah.  The service will start at 11.00 am.  Further details to follow.

On Shabbat, 11th May there will be a very special service. What makes it special is that it will be led entirely by the ladies of the Shul.  Further details to follow.

Following the success of the concert held last year which Della Carr was instrumental in arranging, it has been decided to follow that up this year with a concert to remember Della and to raise even more money for her favourite charity of Havens.  The format will be similar to last year and the cost of entry will be £10.  It is hoped that members of the Shul will bake cakes for the occasion to be served with tea and coffee.  Details regarding tickets will follow nearer to the date.


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.