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)


https://rljc.org/, although the site is currently restricted. Certain information may be available on WUPI webside.


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

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)

Rabbi Dr. Miri Lawrence - dates uncertain(ix)

Membership Data

National Reports and Surveys(x)

1983 - 35 male (or household) members and estimated 35 female members

1990 - 44 members (comprising 35 households, 4 individual male and 5 individual female members)

1996 - 22 members (comprising 14 households, 2 individual male and 6 individual female members)

2010 & 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) Undated report from congregation.

  • (x) 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.

  • (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: 23 October 2020

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