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.
Where we are
Maidenhead is situated 25 miles west of London and has easy access to large parts of the country, served by both the M4 and the M40, as well as being within 15 minutes of the M25. Heathrow Airport can be reached in 20 minutes and Gatwick in an hour. Maidenhead is on a direct railway line to Paddington, a journey of 35 minutes. The area is at the heart of the computer industry. At the same time it is in a very peaceful part of the country, close to open fields and farmlands. There are many lovely and interesting places nearby, including Windsor, Henley-on-Thames and Ascot.