Sheffield & District Reform Jewish Congregation

Sheffield, South Yorkshire




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Congregation Data


Sheffield & District Reform Jewish Congregation

Hebrew Name

Kehillat Shivah Harim ("Seven Hills Shul")(iii)


The Congregation does not have a synagogue building. However it meets regularly at a local community centre – and occasionally in members’ houses.(iv)

Current Status:


Date Formed:

Formed in 1989 from a nucleus of members of Sinai Synagogue in Leeds living in the Sheffield area(v)




A constituent synagogue of the the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly known as the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain (RSGB) from about 2000, having previously been as associate community.(vi)




none listed

Congregation's Newsletter:

Omer, published approximately every quarter.

Membership Data

National Reports and Surveys(x)

1990 - 23 members (comprising 11 households, 5 individual male and 7 individual female members)

1996 - 46 members (4 households)

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

Legal and Charitable Status:

On 14 November 2008, the congregation was incorporated as a registered (non-profit) company (company no. 06749181), a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital (and with an exemption from use of the word 'Limited').(xi)

The congregation is a also registered charity (registered charity no. 1127317), registered on 30 December 2008.(xii)

The congregation had a previous registration as a charity (prior to its incorporation as a company) from 17 October 1991 (registered charity no. 1004853) until it was removed from the register on 3 August 2010 (as the non-incorporated entity had ceased to exist).(xiii)

Registration District:

Sheffield (since 1 July 1837)  - Link to Register Office website.


The congregation is a member synagogue of the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS), through which the congregation's members participate in a burial scheme.

The Congregation administers its own Jewish Cemetery – in a Section of a City Council cemetery, as a result of an arrangement with Sheffield City Council.

The Congregation has also now introduced a separate mixed-faith area in its cemetery (to allow members to be laid to rest with their non-Jewish partner (in some specific circumstances).(xiv)

See also Cemetery Information on Sheffield Jewish Community home page.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) and (ii) Reserved.

  • (iii) This is the translation of the Hebrew as used by the congregation (as per its logo). Kehillah (or Kehillat) actually means congregation or community. Har (plural harim) can also mean mountain.

  • (iv) The congregation'a website, last accessed 2 September 2019.

  • (v) The congregation'a website, accessed 4 July 2017.

  • (vi) Based upon the congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books to 2000 as an associate community of RSGB and thereafter as a constituent synagogue.

  • (vii) to (ix) Reserved.

  • (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) Companies House website (in beta trial stage) accessed 2 September 2019.

  • (xii) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) and open charities website, both accessed 2 Septem 2019.

  • (xiii) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) accessed 2 September 2019.

  • (xxiii) The congregation'a website, accessed 4 July 2017.

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