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The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, founded in 1911, is the oldest and largest (over 2,000 men, women and children) of more than thirty congregations belonging to Liberal Judaism.

The LJS has a tradition of leadership of the Liberal movement, its rabbis have been involved in writing the liturgy, and excellent musical accompaniment has long been a feature of the services. Rabbi (later Dr) John Rayner became Assistant Minister in 1957 with Rabbi Edgar, and then from 1961 until his retirement in 1989 Senior Rabbi and the leader of Liberal Judaism. Rabbi David Goldberg succeeded him and is now Rabbi Emeritus. Rabbi Alexandra Wright has been Senior Rabbi since 2004.

From its inception there was a Religion School, with correspondence classes for children who could not attend; and a flourishing Youth Group (The Alumni Society) started in 1918.

Membership in 2010 is around 2,000, the largest of the Liberal congregations.
Over 50% of our members are in the 30-55 year-old age range. A full range of activities is provided for all ages.

  • The Liberal Jewish Synagaogue is a constituent member of Liberal Judaism which was founded in 1902 as the Jewish Religious Union.
    The history of the movement  Liberal Judaism - The First Hundred years - by Lawrence Rigal and Rosita Rosenberg ...
  • The LJS was founded in 1911, by the Committee of The Jewish Religious Union, as the first Liberal congregation. By 1912 premises had been acquired in a former chapel in Hill Street, Park Road. By 1918 it was evident that a larger building was needed...
  • The LJS has two Czech scrolls, one of them since 1968,...
  • The LJS Shoah memorial, made by Anish Kapoor, is inside the main entrance to the building. ...
  • The LJS has a long history of inspired Rabbinic leadership.

    We are very proud to have received leadership from the 3 M's - Montefiore, Montagu and Mattuck.
    Lily Montagu was one of the founders of the Jewish Religious Union, Claude Montefiore was ...

  • Welcome to the LJS Archive. Our main features are LJS Council minutes, Annual Reports, service and High Holy Day records, rabbinic correspondence regarding the Liberal Movement and our liaison with other progressive, reform and liberal congregations....
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