Eastbourne Liberal Jewish Community

Eastbourne, East Sussex




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 Congregation Data


Eastbourne Liberal Jewish Community

Hebrew Name:

Beit Chavarim (House of Friends)

Former Name:

Eastbourne Progressive Jewish Community (until about 2013)(ii)


The congregation does not have its own premises and since Juky 2019 holds services at a church hall in Eastbourne and other rented premises.(iii)

Previously serves had been held at a number of venues, including WRVS, Russell Centre 24 Hyde Road, Eastbourne BN2 4SX (2012-2013) and Friends Meeting House, Wish Lane, Eastbourne (2011-2012)(iv)

Current Status:


Date Founded:



Liberal / Progressive


A constituent community of of Liberal Judaism (formerly the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues), having been listed as an associate community until 2005.(vi)




Rabbi William Wolff - held Friday night outreach services in 1997, rotating between the congregation and the Worthing community.(vii)

Rabbi Harry Martin Jacobi - from 2004 to 2007 (post-retirement).(viii)

Rabbi Roberta Harris-Eckstein - (part-time) from 2018 to about 2020.(ix)

Membership Data:

National Reports and Surveys(xi)

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

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no. 1115670), registered on 2 August 2006. The governing document is the constitution dated 16 July 2006, as amended 7 October 2018.(xii)

Registration District:

East Sussex(xiii) (since 1 May 2008) - Link to Register Office website.


Although Eastbourne has a Jewish Cemetery (see Eastbourne Cemetery Information on the Eastbourne home page), it is uncertain whether it is open to members of this congregation

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) This was the name under which the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books through to 2013.

  • (iii) Details previously on the congregation's website, accessed 19 July 2019.

  • (iv) These addresses were shown, respectively, in Jewish Year Books 2012 and 2013.

  • (v) The Congregation's website, accessed 19 July 2019.

  • (vi) The change of status is first noted in the Jewish Year Book 2006.

  • (vii) Jewish Chronicle report of 18 April 1997

  • (viii) Tribute to Rabbi Jacobi on Liberal Judaism's website. He is not listed in any Jewish Year Book as a minister of this congregation.

  • (ix) Profile on Liberal Judaism's website, when accessed in January 2021, but no rabbi was listed for the congregation, when the website was accessed in March 2023.

  • (x) Reserved.

  • (xi) 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.

  • (xii) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) and open charities website, both accessed 19 July 2019.

  • (xiii) The former Registration District was Eastbourne from 1 July 1837 to 1 May 2008. Any registers would now be held by current register office.

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