Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation

Leicester, Leicestershire




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A photograph of the Synagogue of the Leicester Progressive Jewish Community,
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 Congregation Data


Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation

Hebrew Name

Neve Shalom (oasis of peace)(ii)

Former Names

Leicester Liberal Jewish Congregation, from about 1966 until about 1969.(iii)

Leicester Liberal Jewish Group, prior to about 1966


24 Avenue Road, Leicester LE2 3EA (from 1995)(iv)
The building dates from 1885 and was used as school until the purchased by the congregation. Previously the congregation met in the Avenue Primary School and the Leicester Quakers Meeting House and prior to that in members' homes.

Current Status:


Date Formed:

Formed in 1950.(v) In 1976, the congregation was joined by members of the Leicester Reform Group, when that congregation dispanded.(vi)


Liberal / Progressive


A constituent community of Liberal Judaism, formerly the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues (ULPS)



Ministers (Part-Time):

(To view a short profile of a minister, hold the cursor over his or her name.)

Rabbi Larry Alan Tabick - from 1994 to 1998(vii)

Rabbi Elizabeth Tikva Sarah - from 1998 until 2000(viii)

Rabbi Roderick Young - from about 2002 until date uncertain(ix)

Rabbi Mark L. Solomon - from about 2014 until present (July 2019)(x)

Membership Data

National Reports and Surveys(xiii)

1977 - 18 male (or household) members and an estimated 18 female members

1983 - 23 male (or household) members and an estimated 22 female members

1990 - 56 members (comprising 22 households, 14 individual male and 20 individual female members)

1996 - 64 members (comprising 31 households, 19 individual male and 14 individual female members)

2010 & 2016 - listed as having 50 to 99 members (by household)

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no. 238867), registered on 10 May 1965.(xiv)

Registration District:

Leicester (since 1 April 1997)(xv)  - Link to Register Office website.


The Congregation generally uses Jewish Reform Section at Loughborough Municipal Cemetery. For details see Leicester Jewish Cemetery Information on Leicester home page.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) The Hebrew name is a tribute to the village near Jerusalem known as Neve Shalom (Wahat al Salam, in Arabic) in which Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel live together.

  • (iii) Based upon this being the name under which the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books 1967 through 1969. It was previously listed as Leicester Liberal Jewish Group

  • (iv) Congregation's website, last accessed 22 July 2019.

  • (v) Congregation's website, accessed 12 July 2017.

  • (vi) Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History edited by W.D. Rubinstein, M.A, Jolles and H.L. Rubinstein (2011), p.561.

  • (vii) Source to be added. He is not listed in any Jewish Year Book as a minister of the congregation..

  • (viii) Based upon Rabbi Sarah's profile on Liberal Judaism's website, last accessed 22 July 2019. She was, however, listed as minister of the congregation in Jewish Year Books until 2007, but this appears to be an error.

  • (ix) Based upon Rabbi Young's Biography, which refers to him serving the congregation when he returned to the UK in 2002, but does not indicate until when. He is not listed in any Jewish Year Book as a minister of the congregation.

  • (x) Based upon Rev. Solomon's profile on Liberal Judaism's website, last accessed 22 July 2019.

  • (xi) and (xii) Reserved.

  • (xiii) 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.

  • (xiv) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) and open charities website, both accessed 22 July 2019.

  • (xv) For previous registration districts, see on Leicester Home Page. Any registers would now be held by current register office.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

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

  • Bibliography:

Leicester Jewish Community home page

List of Liberal Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Leicestershire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 17 August 2005
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 22 July 2019
Latest revision or update: 24 September 2020

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