The synagogue building, Grenfell Lodge, provides a home for most of the wide range of activities we undertake as a community. We have enough classrooms and common rooms to enable children from reception age through to GCSE to be taught in individual year groups, as well as providing a range of adult education classes and discussion groups. Our children and their parents also enjoy the outside space, with a playground for younger children, football for middle years, a youth hut for teenagers, and plenty of areas for parents to enjoy a coffee and a bagel from our café. Our building is also the base for our various social groups, film nights and other social activities, and the community outreach programmes we undertake. Our rabbi, projects officer, youth worker, administrators, kosher shop, and others working in the Synagogue are all based here.
We hold all our religious services in the synagogue building, with the exception of the main High Holydays services which take place in a larger venue in Maidenhead. Maidenhead Synagogue is a member of the Movement for Reform Judaism and our services are a mixture of the traditional and the modern. Often changes come about as a result of the discovery of different traditions arising from the diversity of our membership. Services are highly inclusive, with men and women sitting together and taking an equal part in all aspects of the service. They are a mixture of Hebrew, English and some other languages spoken by Jews, with transliteration available for those who need this.
Our prayer hall is designed to feel comfortable whether there are twenty present or two hundred. Jews of all denominations, and partners and visitors of other faiths are none, are all welcome. We are proud that our scrolls include a scroll of the former Czech community which was destroyed in the Holocaust.
The project to improve our synagogue building has been completed in July 2016. This includes a much enlarged area for kiddushim and social events, and a reconfigured prayer hall. For pictures of the building work, please see here.