Maidenhead Synagogue is a vibrant and growing Jewish community,
which covers the whole of the Thames valley area, with members living
throughout Berkshire and Buckinghamshire as well as parts of Oxfordshire,
Surrey and Hampshire. Currently, it comprises 800 households and has a
wide range of social, cultural, educational and religious activities.
There is a large Religion School and active youth
club. There are also special facilities such as a Kosher Shop, Judaica Shop and
Jewish Library. We are a member of the Movement for Reform Judaism, but welcome
Jews of all persuasions and opinions. A number of our members are in
mixed-faith marriages, and both they and their spouses are equally welcome.
We have a full-time rabbi, Rabbi Dr Jonathan
Romain, MBE, who is also a well-known writer and broadcaster. He is always
happy to meet members and help in any way. Members are kept in touch via a
monthly newsletter bursting with news and activities. Membership of the
Synagogue automatically includes burial rights, as well as insurance towards
costs of burial or cremation.
Among the congregation are people from overseas
working in the area on contracts, as well as families who have settled in the
UK, especially those from the USA, Canada and South Africa.
In 2014 we introduced live streaming of the Shabbat morning service to enable members who live too far away to attend regularly, or who are unable to attend due to ill health, to view the service in the comfort of their homes. This has proved to be very popular.