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 26 May 2019

21 Iyyar 5779

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 24th May at 7.30pm and Saturday 25th May at 10.30am

Friday 7th June at 7.30pm and Saturday 8th June at 10.30am

Friday 21st June at 7.30pm and Saturday 22nd June 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.

There is a new Social Group which runs from 7 pm to 10.30 pm on a Tuesday evening.   It has now been decided that they open fortnightly at the Southend and District Reform Synagogue in the London Road, opposite Chalkwell Park.  Your first visit is free and it is £3 including refreshments every time after that.  The programmes up to 17th September are listed below:-

28th May - A Musical Singalong 

11th June - Talk by Pat DePass about converting to Judaism

25th June -  Light-hearted table top quiz

On 11th May, Southend & District Reform Synagogue held a special all-women led Shabbat service.

Women play an equal role to men in synagogue worship. Our synagogue decided to celebrate this by having a service led entirely by women.  Also, the men provided the Kiddush!

It was a pleasure to see so many of our synagogue members participating and attending this service.”

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.

On Sunday, 21st July, the Shul's Annual General Meeting will be held.  Further information to follow.

On Sunday morning, 9th June, there will be a Shavuot service, with Rabbi Elf presiding.  This will be followed by a Kiddush with traditional cheesecake and ice cream.

On Sunday, 17th November, we will be celebrating the Annual Mitzvah Day with a cream tea.  Time of start to follow.  Each participant will bring either a tin or packet for the homeless charity we support or some toiletries for the hostel we also support.   More 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.