South Hampshire Reform Jewish Community

Southampton, Hampshire




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Congregation Data


South Hampshire Reform Jewish Community


Shabbat day services are held in community venues in Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester. Friday evening and Saturday evening Havdalah services are normally held in membersí homes.(iii)

Previous Address:

Various previous addresses appeared in Jewish Year Books from 1993 through 2000, including:

Winchester, Hampshire (from 1992 to 1993)

Crestwood Centre, Bryatt Wood, Evastleigh (from about 1993 to about 1997)(iv)

Unitarian Meeting Hall, London Road, Southampton (from about 1997 to about 1998)(v)

The Synagogue, Mordaunt Road, The Innner Avenue, Southampton (from about 1998 to about 2000)(vi)

Current Status:


Date Formed:





The congregation is a constituent synagogue of the the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain), having previously been an associate community from about 1988 to about 1995,(viii) and initially an affiliate of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue.(ix)




None listed

Membership Data


2006 - about 80(xiii)

National Reports and Surveys(xiv)

1990 - 45 members (comprising 27 households, 8 individual male and 10 individual female members)

1996 - 62 members (comprising 25 households, 8 individual male and 29 individual female members)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having under 50 members (by household)

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no. 1040109), registered on 16 August 1994. Its governing document is the congregation's constitution adopted 20 June 1993, as amended 26 April 1994 and 2 September 2007.(xv)

Registration Districts:

For Southampton - Southamptons (since 1 July 1837) - Link to Register Office website.
For Portsmouth - Portsmouth (since 1 July 1900)(xvi)- Link to Register Office website
For Winchester - Hampshire (since 1 April 2008)(xvii)- 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.

See also London Cemeteries of the Movement for Reform Judaism

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) and (ii) Reserved.

  • (iii) The congregation's website, accessed 1†September 2019.

  • (iv) Jewish Year Books 1993 through 1997.

  • (v) Jewish Year Book 1998.

  • (vi) Jewish Year Books 1999 and 2000.

  • (vii) Jewish Year Books, first mentioned 1987.

  • (viii) Listed as an associate community in Jewish Year Books 1989 through 1995.

  • (ix) Listed as affiliatedto Bournemouth Reform Synagogue in Jewish Year Books 1987 (its first appearance) and 1988.

  • (x) and (xii) Reserved.

  • (xiii) The congregation website, accessed 6 July 2017.

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

  • (xv) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) and Open Charities website, both accessed 1 September 2019.

  • (xvi) For previous registration districts for Portsmouth was Portsea Island, from 1 July 1837 to 1 July 1900.

  • (xvii) For previous registration districts for Winchester was Winchester, from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 2007.

Congregation Records


MS 394 Archives of the South Hampshire Reform Jewish Community, deposited with the University of Southampton, (Special Collection). It includes

  • Committee and annual general meetings papers, including the treasurerís reports, 1984-2001; copies of the constitution, 1992-5; administrative correspondence, 1990-2001; secretaryís and treasurerís papers, 1985-97; photographs of festivals, 1983-93; newsletters of the community, 1984-95, reports and other publications, 1983, 1991-6. (comprises 7 boxes)

Southampton Jewish Community home page

List of Reform Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Hampshire

List of Member Synagogues of the Jewish Joint Burial Society

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