the short-lived

Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community

Gloucestershire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire




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Counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire

These three counties are in the West Midlands of England. The principal towns are Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester and Tewkesbury (in Gloucestershire), Hereford (in Herefordshire) and Worcester, Kidderminster and Redditch (in Worcestershire).

Jewish Community

There are, or were, small Jewish communities in several of the town in the counties - Cheltenham, Gloucester, Hereford, Stroud and Worcester (all see separately).

Congregation Data


Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community


It iwas intended that services would be held in various locations throughout the counties, including Cheltenham, Gloucester, Hereford, Southam, Prestbury, Woodmancote and Bishops Cleeve.(i)

Date Founded:

The congregation was formed on 20 July 2019, on the merger of Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community (GLJC) and Herefordshire Jewish Community (HJC).(ii) However, this merger appears to have been short-lived, or even still-born and GLJC re-emerged shortly thereafter (or continued) as a independent entity. HJC was not re-established.(iii)

Current Status:



Liberal / Progressive


A constituent community Liberal Judaism with effect from the merger.(iv)


The merged congregation never appeared to have established its own website.


Student Rabbi Lev Taylor was appointed to serve the congregation - from July 2019(v)

Membership Data:

2019 - approximately 150 members(vii)

Legal and Charitable Status:

The congregation does not appear to have established separate corporate or charitable status.

Registration Districts:(viii)

Gloucestershire - link to register office website

Herefordshire - link to register office website

Worcestershire - link to register office website

Cemetery Information:

GLJC has its own designated section at the Cheltenham Municipal Cemetery, Bouncer's Lane, Prestbury, Cheltenham, opened in April 2009. The section is described as "All-Inclusive Jewish", meaning that "Jews of all denominations and people of mixed faith can be buried side-by-side."(ix)

(For additional information, see also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Cheltenham)

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) These towns, apart from Hereford, were listed in GLJC's annual report for year ended 30 September 2018, filed with Charities Commission, p. 3.

  • (ii) Liberal Judaism news report dated 30 May 2019.

  • (iii) By at least December 2019, there was no longer any reference to the merged congregation and GLJC was continuing to operate as previously.

  • (iv) As shown in list on Liberal Judaism's website, accessed 22 July 2019.

  • (v) Liberal Judaism news report dated 30 May 2019 (see Note (ii) above).

  • (vi) Reserved.

  • (vii) Liberal Judaism news report dated 30 May 2019 (see Note (ii) above).

  • (viii) From date of formation of congregation.

  • (ix) Gloucestershire Live website, 21 April 2009.


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