Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire




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Beth Shalom Synagogue Cambridge
Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue, Cambridge, 2015

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Congregation Data


Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue


Auckland Road, off off Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8DW from 13 June 2015. This was the first new reform synagogue to be built in Britain in 21st century.(i)
(Previously, the congregation gave its address as PO Box 756, Cambridge CB5 9WB.(ii))

Current Status:


Date Founded:

The Beth Shalom congregation was founded in 1981, having developed from the Cambridge Reform Jewish Community, which was founded in October 1976.(iii)




The congregation is a constituent synagogue of the Movement for Reform Judaism, formerly known as the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain, since the mid-1980s(v) but was formerly unaffiliated.



Affiliated Community:

The Jewish Community in West Norfolk and the Fens, a small community centred in King's Lynn, is affiliated to the Beth Shalom congregation.(vi)


None listed

Membership Data:

Reports & Surveys(vii)

1983 - 24 male (or household) members and estimated 27 female members

1990 - 77 members (comprising 45 households, 12 individual male and 20 individual female members)

1996 - 150 members (150 households)

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

Congregation's Annual Reports(viii)




256 adults (including 184 families)

263 adults (including 187 families)

295 adults (including 182 families)

Legal & Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered company (company no. 7240029), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital (and with an exemption from use of the word 'Limited'), incorporated on 30 April 2010.(ix)

It is also a registered charity (no. 1136605).(x)

The governing documents were the Company's Memorandum & Articles Association.

Registration District:

Cambridgeshire (since 1 October 2007)(xi) - Link to Register Office website


Members of the congregation contribute to the Joint Jewish Burial Society (JJBS).

JJBS membership covers the cost burial at the Western Cemetery in Cheshunt, or at the Woodland Cemetery in Cheshunt. It also allows for burial in the congregation's own section of the Huntingdon Road Cemetery, Cambridge, but there are some additional charges for this. The JJBS will also cover certain costs for cremation.(xii)

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Congregation's website and press release of Movement for Reform Judaism 15 June 2015. 

  • (ii) Congregation'swebsite to 2015.

  • (iii) Congregation'swebsite,accessed 7 May 2019. The congregation was not listed in Jewish Year Books until 1985.

  • (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) The congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books as a constituent synagogue from 1987.

  • (vi) Jewish Chronicle report of 30 April 2021.

  • (vii) 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.

  • (viii) Extracted from filings with Charities Commission. Numbers includes students.

  • (ix) Companies House website, in beta development, accessed 7 May 2019.

  • (x) Charity Commission website, in beta development, accessed 7 May 2019.

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

  • (xii) Congregation's website, accessed 7 May 2019.


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Cambridge Jewish Community home page

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Jewish Congregations in Cambridgeshire

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