Nottingham Liberal Synagogue

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire




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Congregation Data


Nottingham Liberal Synagogue

Former Names

Nottingham Progressive Jewish Congregation, until 2014(ii)


Lloyd Street, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 4BP, a purpose built synagogue in use from 1971, the official inaugaration took place on 1 October 1972.(iii)

Previously, from 1965 to 1971, the congregation held services at the Friends Meeting House, Clarendon Street.(iv)

Current Status:



Following an unsuccessful attempt to establish a progressive congregation in Nottingham in the 1950s, a formal meeting, held on 19 May 1965, approved the establishment of the congregation and the first services were held on 11 June 1965.(v)


Liberal / Progressive


A constituent community of Liberal Judaism (formerly the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues, ULPS), having joined in September 1965.




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

Rabbi Julia B.S. Neuberger - from about 1978 to about 1979(vii)

Rabbi Alan Mann - from 1979 until 1991 (part-time, voluntary)(viii)

Rabbi Seth Daniel Kunin - from 1993 until 1994(ix)

Rabbi Amanda Golby - from 1995 until about 2000(x)

Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich - from about 2007 (full-time from 2009) until about 2021(xi)

Rabbi Gili Zidkiyahu - from 2022 to present (May 2023)(xii)

Lay Officers:(xiv)


1972-1977 - Dr.John E. Hall

1977-1983 - Wifred Miron

1983-1997 - David Lipman

1997-date uncertain - Derrek Silk

Other Officers

Dr. John E. Hall - Chairman 1965-1972

Lou Kanas - Treasurer 1965-date uncertain

David Lipman - Secretary 1965-1975(xv)

Membership Data

National Reports and Surveys(xx)

1977 - 83 male (or household) members and 13 female members

1983 - 74 male (or household) members and 16 female members

1990 - 114 members (comprising 68 households, 23 individual male and 23 female members)

1996 - 114 members (comprising 67 households, 7 individual male and 40 female members)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having 100 to 199 members (by household)

Religious Classes:

Religous classes were established in 1965 with David Glass as headmaster.(xx)

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity, number 246773, registered on 28 February 1966. The governing document is the congregation's constitution adopted 15 September 1965, as subsequently amended.(xxii)

Worship Registration:

The synagogue, referred to as being in Mansfield Street, Sherwood, is registered as a Place of Worship - Worship Register Number 73094 - under the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855.(xxiii)


The congregation's cemetery is at Wilford Hill (Nottingham Southern Cemetery). It is approached by a narrow unadopted road off the Loughborough Road, West Bridgford.(xxiv) (For further details see Cemetery Information on the Nottingham Jewish community page).

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) Congregation's website, accessed July 2017 .

  • (iii) Eight Hundred Years - The Story of Nottingham's Jews (1998) by Nelson Fisher ("Eight Hundred Years"), p.161.

  • (iv) Eight Hundred Years, p.191.

  • (v) Eight Hundred Years, pp.157/8.

  • (vi) Reserved.

  • (vii) Based upon Rabbi Julia Neuberger's listing as minister of the congregation in the Jewish Year Book 1978. There was no minister listed prior to that date nor for 1979 through 1999. It is presumed that she was a viisiting minister, in light of her other commitments.

  • (viii) Eight Hundred Years, p. 183.

  • (ix) Eight Hundred Years, pp. 183/4.

  • (x) Based upon Rabbi Amanda's listing as minister of the congregation in the Jewish Year Book 2000 and <em>Eight Hundred Years</em>, p.184. There was no minister listed subsequent to that date until the year book ceased publication in 2015.

  • (xi) Congregation's website, accessed 5 January 2020 and Jewish Chronicle report of 19 February 2021 entitled "Nottingham rabbi takes on Elstree challenge".

  • (xii) Congregation's website, accessed May 2023.

  • (xiii) Reserved.

  • (xiv) Eight Hundred Years, pp. 157-164, unless otherwise stated.

  • (xv) Eight Hundred Years, p. 157 and listed as secretary in Jewish Year Book through 1976.

  • (xvi) to (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) Eight Hundred Years, p. 157.

  • (xxii) Charities Commission's website, last accessed 26 April 2023.

  • (xxiii) Page 1068 of the 2010 List of Places of Worship.

  • (xxiv) Congregation's website, accessed 24 July 2019.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

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

  • Bibliography relating to the Nottingham Jewish Community.

Nottingham Jewish Community home page

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Nottinghamshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 2 March 2004
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 24 July 2019
Latest revision or update: 5 May 2023

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