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 Jul 2016

17 Tammuz 5776

Forthcoming Events

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date of this function has had to be altered.  So, on the afternoon of Sunday, 11th September, SDRS will be celebrating the Commemoration of their new Memorial Boards.  It is our hope that family members of the people commemorated will attend this occasion together with other members of the congregation.  Please contact the Synagogue via the Contact Us heading if you or anyone you know has family members on the Memorial Boards on on our Tree of Life so that we can send them an invitation.

On Sunday, 17th July, SDRS celebrated our 70th Anniversary in style.  Our Joint Chairmen, Lewis Miller and Della Carr welcomed everyone and explained how the afternoon would go.  The audience were treated to a sumptuous lunch, followed by entertainment from the Eastwood Chorale Choristers, who sang medleys from The Phantom of the Opera, and West Side Story to name a couple.  Then everyone enjoyed a recital of classical and light music by Roni Rothwell on the cello and Jane Compton on the keyboard.   Time for tea and delicious cakes and biscuits.

On Saturday, 19th November, 2016, SDRS will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary with a celebratory service, led by our Rabbi, Warren Elf.  Further details to follow.

24 people, including members of the Synagogue Council, attended the Shul's AGM on Sunday, 19th June, 2016.  The present Chairman, Lewis Miller, announced that he would be standing down as Chairman as his job kept him away from home a lot and he has been unable to commit as much time as he would like to the position.  However, a compromise was reached as Lewis decided to stay on as Co-Chairman with Della Carr.  According to the Constitution of the Synagogue, this situation is an allowable one.

Our Annual Quiz this year will incorporate the celebrations for our 70th Anniversary and will be held on the 29th October - full details to follow.

The Aufruf for Jo Levitas' forthcoming wedding will be on Friday evening, 5th August, with the service starting as usual at 7.30 pm.  The congregation are invited to attend this special occasion by Jo's parents


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.