Thanet & District Reform Synagogue

Ramsgate, Thanet, Kent




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Thanet & District Reform Synagogue

Former Names

Thanet & District Reform Jewish Synagogue and Thanet & District Reform Jewish Community(ii)

Hebrew Name

Etz Chaim(iii) ("Tree of Life")


293A Margate Road, Ramsgate, CT12 6TE(iv)

Current Status:


Date Formed:





A constituent synagogue of the the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly known as the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain (RSGB)), having been initially (until 1990) an associate community.(vi)




(To view a short profile of a minister who also served other UK congregations - name in blue - hold the cursor over his or her name.)

Rabbi Sonny Herman - served many years as part-time rabbi, was rabbi emeritus from 2007 to 2009(x)

Rabbi Hadassah Davis - dates currently unknown(xi)

Rabbi Cliff Cohen - 2003 to present (February 2020)(xii)

Congregation's Newsletter:

Etz Chaim

Membership Data

National Reports and Surveys(xvi)

1990 - 69 members (households)

1996 - 81 members (comprising 62 households, 5 individual male and 14 individual female members)

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

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

Charitable Status:

The congregation is a registered charity (no. 294859), under the name Thanet And District Reform Jewish Synagogue, registered on 25 July 1986. The governing document is the congregation's constitution dated 25 June 1986, as amended 29 March 2015.(xvii)

Registration District (BMD):

Kent (since 1 April 2004)(xviii)  - Link to Register Office website.

Group for Marriage Certification: West London Synagogue.


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 uses a dedicated section, sometimes referred to as the Reform Hebrew Section (part of section LIII), at the Margate (St. John's) Cemetery, Manston Road, Margate CT9 4LZ, which commenced in 1986.(xix)

(See also IAJGS International Jewish Cemeteries Project - Margate)

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved

  • (ii) Based upon the congregation being listed in Jewish Year Books under the former name in 1991 and under the latter name from 1987 through 1990.

  • (iii) Congregation'a website, last accessed 26 September 2019.

  • (iv) This was the address given in all Jewish Year Books from 1991 and is the current address given on the congregation'a website, last accessed 26 September 2019.

  • (v) Jewish Year Books.

  • (vi) The congregation was listed in Jewish Year Books as an associate community of RSGB 1989 and 1990 and as a constituent of RSGB from 1991.

  • (vii) to (ix) Reserved

  • (x) Rabbi Herman's years of service at the congregation are unclear and could have extended from as early as the 1980s - source Etz Chaim magazine Autumn 2009.

  • (xi) Based upon brief profile of Rabbi Davis on website of North Western Synagogue.

  • (xii) Based upon communications received from Rabbi Cohen in February 2020.

  • (xiii) to (xv) Reserved.

  • (xvi) 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.

  • (xxii) Charities Commission's website (in beta trial stage) and open charities website, both accessed 26 September 2019.

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

  • (xix) Margate Cemetery Extension Proposal, dated 17 November 2011 and communication from the congregation, February 2020.


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregation

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

Ramsgate Jewish Community home page

List of Reform Judaism Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Kent

List of Member Synagogues of the Jewish Joint Burial Society

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 24 February 2006
Data significantly expanded and notes added: 26 September 2019
Latest revision or update: 11 February 2020

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