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

A Constituent of the Movement for Reform Judaism

Fri 20 Jan 2017

22 Tevet 5777

Forthcoming Events

Our belated 70th Anniversary Quiz is taking place on Saturday night, 21st January, 2017 and should start promptly at 7.00 pm.  There may be spaces still available so, if you haven't booked yet, and want to come, please contact Diana Miller.  The price is £16 per head and includes a fish and chip supper.  Look forward to seeing you there.

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.

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 night, Erev Shabbat, 30th December, there was a special Chanucah Service led by Rabbi Elf and Student Rabbi Karstadt.  A good size congregation celebrated the 7th night of Chanucah with the lighting of the candles and lots of festive songs.  This was followed by the Shabbat service.  Then everyone enjoyed the supper which included latkes and doughnuts etc.  Elliott was presented with a plaque to celebrate his time with SDRS and the wish that he comes back to visit us in the future.

On Friday, 14th April, 2017 we will be holding our annual Pesach Seder Night.  Put the date in your diaries now. The cost to Members: £20 and Non-members £25 (under 16’s: £10).  To book your places, please fill in the form in the latest edition of the magazine, or contact Diana Miller for more information.  The Seder will commence at    6.30 pm.

From Friday to Sunday, 2nd - 4th June, the Synagogue will hold an 'Open Weekend'.  Included in this it is hoped to have a session of 'I'm Jewish, my Partner isn't'.  Keep looking out as further details will follow in due course.

The AGM of the Synagogue Council will be held on 16th July, 2017


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.