South Bucks Jewish Community

Amersham, Buckinghamshire





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Congregation Data


South Bucks Jewish Community (SBJC)

Name Former

South Bucks Liberal Jewish Community (until about 1992)(i)


Services generally held in The Friends Meeting House, Whielden Street, Amersham, Bucks, from about 1992(ii)  
(previously held at Chesham High School, Chesham, Bucks.).

Current Status:


Date Formed:

About 1986(iii)


Liberal (Progressive)


A constituent of Liberal Judaism (formerly Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues)




(To view a short profile of a rabbi, hold the curser over his or her name.)

Rabbi Harry Martin Jacobi - from about 1997 until about 2002(iv)

Rabbi Rachel Benjamin - from about 2006 until about December 2015(v)

Rabbi Charley Baginsky - from May 2016 until present (March 2019)(vi)

Membership Data

National Reports and Surveys(vii)

2010 - listed as having 50 to 99 members (by household)

2016 - listed as having 100 to 199 members (by household)

Congregation's Annual Reports

2011 - 187(viii)

2012 - 194(viii)

2013 - 193 (in addition to 11 friends)(viii)

2014 - 207 (in addition to 9 friends)(ix)

2015 - 223 (including friends and affiliated members)(x)

2016 - 205 (including friends andaffiliated members)(x)

Membership of the congregation is spread over a relatively wide area, including Amersham and Chesham (both in Chiltern District), Beaconsfield and Gerrard Cross (both in Bucks - South Bucks District), as well as Berkhamsted and Tring (both in Hertfordshire - Dacorum Borough).(xi)

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no. 1098078). The governing document is the congregation's constitution dated 29 November 1989, as amended 24 June 1990.(xii).


There is no Jewish cemetery in Buckinghamshire. However, the congragation would appear to have some arrangement with the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St Johns Wood for the use of their section of the Edgwarebury Cemetery, Edgware.(xiii) see Cemeteries of Liberal Judaism

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) his was the name listed in Jewish Year Books until 1992.

  • (ii) Jewish Year Books from 1993.

  • (iii) Based upon the congregation being first listed in Jewish Year Book 1987.

  • (iv) Based on Rabbi Jacobi listing and "Who's Who" entry in Jewish Year Books from 1998 through 2002.

  • (v) Based upon Rabbi Benjamin's profile formerly on LJS website (accessed 1 May 2018), Liberal Judaism report of 11 January 2016 of Rabbi Benjamin's farewell to the community (after "nine years") and upon listing in Jewish Year Books from 2010.

  • (vi) Congregation's website, last accessed 28 February 2019.

  • (vii) Reports on "Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2010" and "...in 2016", published by BOD and JPR. Link to reports.

  • (viii) Congregation's 2013 Annual Report (for year ended 31 August 2013), p.18, filed with Charities Commission, see below.

  • (ix) Congregation's 2014 Annual Report (for year ended 31 August 2014), p.6, filed with Charities Commission, see below.

  • (x) Congregation's 2016 Annual Report (for year ended 31 August 2016), p.16, filed with Charities Commission, see below.

  • (xi) Congregation's website, accessed 30 July 2018.

  • (xii) Charity Commission website, in beta development, accessed 30 July 2018.

  • (xiii) In the listing of the congregation in Jewish Year Books, and elsewhere, there is referemce to this cemetery.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

  • Annual Reports filed with the Charities Commission (pdf):

Chiltern Jewish Community home page

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Buckinghamshire

Jewish Congregations in Greater London and its Outskirts home page

Greater London home page

Page created: 1 March 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 30 July 2018
Latest revision or update: 20 March 201

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