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

A Constituent of the Movement for Reform Judaism

Wed 19 Sep 2018

10 Tishri 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 (This does not include the services for the High Holydays, see below for these dates):-

Friday 17th August at 7.30             Saturday 18th August at 10.30

Friday 31st August at 7.30             Saturday 1st September at 10.30

Friday 14th September at 7.30       Saturday 15th September at 10.30

Friday 28th September at 7.30       Saturday 29th September at 10.30

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.

High Holyday Dates and Times are as follows:-

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sunday, 9th September at 7.30 pm (Rabbi Elf)

1st day Rosh Hashanah - Monday, 10th September at 10.30 am (Rabbi Elf)

2nd day Rosh Hashanah - Tuesday, 11th September at 10.30 am

Kol Nidre - Tuesday, 18th September at 7.30 pm (Rabbi Elf)

Yom Kippur - Wednesday, 19th September at 10.30 am (Rabbi Elf)

Succah building will be on Sunday 23rd September at 10.30 am

Succot Evening Service - Sunday 23rd September with Rabbi Elf

At SDRS today, we celebrated the 40 years that Della Carr has spent working within the Reform Movement.  Among those who attended was Sir David Amess, Della's family and visitors from the Reform Movement, SWESRS  plus many of her friends from the synagogue and JACS.  In fact, there was a packed house for the service led as usual by Rabbi Elf.  A wonderful kiddush was provided after the service by Diana Miller and Sue Levitas and their loyal band of helpers.  Della was presented with a beautiful bouquet. Visit 'Image Galleries' to see the photos.

Our Annual Quiz this year will be held on Saturday, 24th November - so put the date in your diary and start getting your table together now.  Contact the Synagogue for more details.

On Shabbat, 18th August, there will be a special service to say thank you to James and his son Liam, who are shortly making Aliyah to Israel.  James has acted as one of our Lay Readers for some time now and both he and his son have been fully involved in our community.  We will be sad to see them go but wish them Mazeltov.  There will be the usual kiddushim  after the service.  All the community are invited to come and celebrate with them.

At SDRS today, Della Carr and members of the congregation, along with Sir David Amess and Rabbi Elf, presented a cheque for £3100 which is the money raised from the recent Middsummer Night Concert plus other donations.


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.