Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue

Hove, East Sussex




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Congregation Data


Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue

Former Name

Brighton & Hove New Synagogue, until about 2005.(i)


Palmeira Avenue, Hove BN3 3GE
The synagogue, which was dedicated in 1967,(ii) was designed by architect Derek J. Sharp, ARIBA.(iii)

Former Addresses:

65 Holland Road, Hove (from 1958)(iv)

Boyle House, 6 Third Avenue, Hove (from 1955 to 1958)(v)

Current Status:


Date Formed:





A constituent synagogue of the the Movement for Reform Judaism, formerly known as the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain (RSGB), having joined the movement in 1955. However, due to a financial dispute, the congregation's membership of the movement ceased in 1972, the congregation remaining an independent Reform synagogue, until it rejoined the movement in 1984.(vii)

From about 1963 until the early 1980s, the Tunbridge Wells Jewish Fellowship was affiliated to the congregation.(viii)




(To view a short profile of a minister who also served other UK congregations - name in blue - hold the cursor over his name.)

Rabbi Erwin S. Rosenblum - the first minister of the congregation, from 1956 until 1984,(x) and thereafter emeritus rabbi until 1995.

Rabbi Jeremy Collick - from 1984 until 1999.(xi)

Rabbi Dr. David Meyer - from 2001 until 2006.(xii)

Rabbi Paul Glantz - in 2007.(xiii)

Rabbi Charles Wallach - from January 2008 to April 2012.(xiv)

Rabbi Dr. Andrea Zanardo - from September 2012 until present (June 2020).(xv)

Congregation's Newsletter:

Sha'are Shalom Newsletter

Membership Data


1956 - 80 families(xviii)

1962 - 300 members(xviii)

National Reports and Surveys(xx)

1977 - 600 male (or household) members and 500 female members

1983 - 410 male (or household) members and 625 female members

1990 - 612 members (households)

1996 - 760 members (households)

2010 - listed as having 300 to 399 members (by household)

2016 - 2016 - listed as having 300 to 399 members (by household)

Legal and Charitable Status:

The congregation became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) on 13 July 2013 although it did not start to operate as a CIO until 1 April 2014, the congregation's new constitution as a CIO being registered by the Charity Commission on 24 January 2014 (registered charity no. 1155461).(xxi)

Registration District

Brighton & Hove (since 1 November 1998)(xxii) - Link to Register Office website.


The congregation is a member synagogue of the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS), through which the congregation's members participate in a burial scheme. The congregation's members generally use Non-Orthodox Jewish section at the Hove Cemetery. (For further details see Cemetery Information the Brighton and Hove community page)

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Based upon this being the name under which the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books from 1956 (its first appearance) through 2005.

  • (ii) Congregation's website, last accessed 18 August 2019.

  • (iii) Carol Herselle Krinsky - Synagogues of Europe - Architecture, History, Meaning, 1996, Appendix I, p. 430. To view a description of the Jewish architectural works by D.J. Sharp, hold your cursor over his name.

  • (iv) Based upon the History of the congregation (see below) and this being the address given for the congregation in Jewish Year Books commencing from 1959.

  • (v) Based upon the History of the congregation (see below) and this being the address given for the congregation in Jewish Year Books from 1956 through 1958.

  • (vi) Congregation's website, accessed 18 August 2019.

  • (vii) Tradition and Change - A History of Reform Judaism in Britain 1840-1995, by A.J. Kershen and J.A. Romain (1995), pp. 254/4, 316 and 358.

  • (viii) Jewish Year Books 1963 through 1980 refer to such affiliation (under Tunbridge Wells) and from 1981 through 1983 enquiries relating to the Fellowship are directed to the congregation.

  • (ix) Reserved.

  • (x) Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History p. 815. and Brighton Jewry 250 - An Anthology of the Brighton & Hove Jewish Community 1788-2016 p. 64. Rabbi Rosenblum was actually listed as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Book until 1989, but the latter years appear to be an error.

  • (xi) Based upon Brighton Jewry 250 (see above) p. 64 and the History of the congregation (see below), although Rabbi Collick was only listed as minister of the congregation in the Jewish Year Book from 1990 through 1996, which appears to be an error.

  • (xii) Based upon Brighton Jewry 250 (see above) p. 64. Rabbi Meyer was listed as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books 2002 through 2008. 

  • (xiii) Jewish Chronicle report of 11 May 2007.

  • (xiv) Based upon Rabbi Wallach's LinkedIn profile, accessed 18 August 2019.

  • (xv) Congregation's website, last accessed 7 January 2020. Rabbi Zanardo was born in Milan, Italy, and in 1999, he helped found the first Progressive (Reform) Jewish Congregation in Italy. Following studies in Jerusalem, at Hebrew Union College and Conservative Yeshiva, he moved London, being ordained as a rabbi at Leo Baeck College in July 2012.

  • (xvi) and (xvii) Reserved.

  • (xviii) History of the congregation (see below).

  • (xix) Reserved.

  • (xx) Reports on synagogue membership in the United Kingdom, published by or on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and which can be viewed on the website of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research. Click HERE for links to the various reports.

  • (xxi) Annual Reports to the Charities Commission, 2014 through 2017.

  • (xxii) For previous registration districts, see on Brighton home page. Any registers would now be held by the current register office.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

Brighton & Hove Jewish Community home page

List of Reform Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in East Sussex

List of Member Synagogues of the Jewish Joint Burial Society

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 25 November 2005
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 18 August 2019
Page most recently amended: 6 May 2024

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