Kingston Liberal Synagogue

Long Ditton, Elmbridge, Surrey




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Long Ditton

Long Ditton (which is situated just to the west of Surbiton in the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames) is in Thames Ditton in the borough of Elmbridge, a local government district of the county of Surrey, formed in 1974. Prior to 1974, it was part of the urban district of Esher.

Jewish Community

There is a small Jewish community in and around Thames Ditton, a Liberal congregation formed in the 1960s. The borough of Elbridge (of which Thames Ditton forms part) also has a reform congregation - the North West Surrey Synagogue.

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Congregation Data


Kingston Liberal Synagogue

Former Name:

Kingston and District Progressive Jewish Community (until about 1976)(i)


Rushett Road, Long Ditton, Surrey KT7 0UX.

These premises were acquired in 1976. Services were previously held in Quakers Hall in Kingston upon Thames.(ii)

Current Status:


Date Founded:

April 1967(iii)


Liberal Progressivei


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




Rabbi Danny Rich - from 1988 until 2004(v)

Rabbi Charley Baginsky - from November 2008 (Assistant from 2006) until May 2016(vi)

Rabbi Dr. René Pfertzel - from August 2017 until present (December 2018)(vii)

Membership Data:

Congregation's Website

1967 -   about 50

National Reports and Surveys(x)

Both 2010 and 2016 - listed as having 200 to 299 members (by household)

Charitable Status:

Kingston Liberal Synagogue is a registered charity (no. 270792). The governing document is the congregation's constitution dated 12 November 1967, as amended 10 October 1975 and 26 June 2003.(xi)

Registration District:

Surrey(xii) - Register Office website.

Cemetery Information:

There was no Jewish cemetery in Elmbridge. For details of the cemeteries of the Liberal Judaism, see Cemeteries of the Liberal Judaism Movement.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The congregation was listed under this name in Jewish Year Books 1969 through 1976.

  • (ii) Congregation's website.

  • (iii) Congregation's website. The first listing in a Jewish Year Book was 1969.

  • (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) Congregation's website and profile of Rabbi Rich on Liberal Judaism's website, both accessed 3 September 2018. Rabbi Rich was subsequently appointed Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism and is currently (October 2018) rabbi emeritus of the congregation.

  • (vi) Profile of Rabbi Baginsky on the Liberal Judaism's website, accessed 3 September 2018. She was subsequently rabbi of the South Bucks Jewish Community from 2016 until present (September 2018).

  • (vii) Profile of Rabbi Pfertzel on the Liberal Judaism's website, last accessed 24 December 2018. He was previously an assistant rabbi of Finchley Progressive Synagogue, and an assistant rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London (2015-17).

  • (viii) and (ix) Reserved.

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

  • (xi) Charity Commission website (in beta) development stage, accessed 3 September 2018.

  • (xii) The former Registration Districts were North Surrey, from 1 October 1996 until 4 August 2008, and Surrey Northern, from the formation of Congregation until 1 October 1996. Any registers would now be held by current register office.

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Page created: 22 September 2009
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 3 September 2018
Latest revision or update: 24 December 2018

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