Reading Liberal Jewish Community

Reading, Berkshire





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Congregation Data


Reading Liberal Jewish Community (RLJC)

Name Former

Thames Valley Progressive Jewish Community (until about 2007)(i)


The congregation does not have its own synagogue but meets (as of 2019, twice monthly) in rented premises in the centre of Reading.(ii)  

Although based in Reading RLJC serves Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and South Oxfordshire.(ii)

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Liberal (Progressive)


A constituent community of Liberal Judaism (formerly Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues) since its formation.(iv)




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Rabbi William Wolff - early 1990s(vi)

Rabbi Sybil Sheridan - from 1994 until 2003(vii)

Rabbi Hadassah Davis - from about 2003 until at least about 2015 (viii)

Membership Data

Board of Deputies return

1994 - 44

National Reports and Surveys(x)

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

2016 - listed as having 50 to 99 members (by household)

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no. 281610), registered as Thames Valley Progressive Jewish Community on 25 September 2011. The governing document is the congregation's constitution dated 3 September 1980.(xi)

Registration District (BMD):

Reading(xii) (since 1 April 1998) - Link to Register Office website


see Cemeteries of Liberal Judaism

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) This was the name under which the congregation  was listed in Jewish Year Books until 2007.

  • (ii) Congregation's website, last accessed 5 May 2019.

  • (iii) Congregation's website (the congregation having celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018). (Some issues of the Jewish Year Book (from 1998) incorrectly refer to the congregation as being established in 1979).

  • (iv) The congregation was so listed in Jewish Year Books from its first appearance in 1986.

  • (v) Reserved.

  • (vi) Rabbi Wolf's website, accessed 13 December 2018.

  • (vii) Based upon "Who's Who" entries in Jewish Year Books to 2015.

  • (viii) Based upon Rabbi Davis's listing in Jewish Year Books from 2004 to 2015 (the last edition).

  • (ix) Reserved.

  • (x) Reports on "Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2010" and "...in 2016", published by BOD and JPR. The 2010 membership size was stated to be inferred from 2005 data as it was not possible to obtain the data directly.  Link to reports.

  • (xi) Charity Commission website, in beta development, and Open Charities website, both accessed 5 May 2019.

  • (xii) The former Registration Districts were Reading from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1974 and Reading & Wokingham from 1 April 1974 to 1 April 1998. Any registers would now be held by current register office.

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Page created: 22 May 2003
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 5 May 2019
Latest revision or update: 7 August 2019

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