There is so much going on locally, both in Shul and in the wider community. Everything from choirs to cards, support groups, charities, social clubs and more…

Below is an alphabetical list of the groups, support networks, social meetings and charity organisations in our local area. If you can see your group missing or information is not correct, please contact the webmaster.

Aid Society

Jewish Care’s support group in Southend, working closely with the Jewish Community Centre in Cobham Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. We were formed in 1953 to help people who cannot help themselves with practical or financial support. Monies are raised from donations and functions, and everything collected stays in the town and is used locally.

AID Society Bridge takes place at Thorpe Bay Bridge Club regularly, see the weekly Newsletter for dates and times.

Telephone Chairman, Jeffrey Greenstein 01702 477617.


An active branch of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women.

Local Representative Via the Shul Office 01702 344900


Association of Jewish Refugees serving holocaust refugees and survivors nationwide.

Info Sheet here
Local Representative TBC, please contact the Shul Office for further information.

Board of Deputies

Local Representative Peter Baum via the Shul Office 01702 344900

SWHC Chesed Club

SWHC CHESSED CLUB – (Act of Kindness)

In response to the current pandemic, many have come together in our community to help anyone in need. If you, or anyone you know, could do with assistance, we are here for you.

Willing to help with…
– A regular call to see if you are ok
– Groceries, or other supplies delivered

– Cooked meals from the Day Centre (under Jewish Care Supervision)
– Deliveries on Thursdays from the Shul Shop

Call our ‘HOTLINE’ 07932 066581 between 10am – 12noon, Monday to Friday

Should you like to volunteer to help and support the “SWHC Chessed Club” please email your details (name, address, phone numbers and email) for the attention of Alan Witzenfeld at


Community Care Committee

The Community Care Committee are there to assist anyone in need. Between them they cover hospital visiting, befriending, keeping in touch with the lonely and recently bereaved which includes the Bereavement Support Group who meet once a month.

In addition an informal monthly ‘Pop In’ meeting is held in the Shul Hall where anyone can join us for tea, delicious homemade cakes and a chat. Dates can be found in the weekly Newsletter, Community Voice magazine and on the website or via the Shul Office 01702 344900.

For more information, help or advice please contact Janice Steel.
Mobile 07752 874065

Concert Series at SWHC

Music comes to Westcliff with talent from far and wide brought to play here at our Shul.  So far we’ve enjoyed a string quartet, a 16 piece big jazz band, klezmer group and an authentic Motown band.

Contact Yael

connect@southend (Jewish Care)

Active Life Exercise Sessions
Every Monday at SDRS from 1:30 – 3pm
• Sessions vary on a weekly basis, e.g., circuits, total body, pure stretch
• Low impact to suit all
• Refreshments included
• £2.50 per weekly session

connect@the centre
Every Tuesday at Southend & Westcliff Community Centre in Cobham Road from 4-6pm
• “connect@the centre” will include, among other things, the introduction of an exercise session, a facilitated art group, 1-2-1 computer sessions, scrabble, rummikub, discussion group, music appreciation.
• Refreshments included
• £2.50 per weekly session

For more information, please contact
Telephone 01702 334 655

Council of Christians and Jews

A local branch of a national organisation bringing together Christian and Jewish organisations to fight against prejudice, discrimination and intolerance between people of different faiths. Also Fair Reporting, working in partnership with CCJ.

Local Representatives Cedric Jacobs (07915 084792)

CST / Security

Every Shabbat, every Yom Tov, every single event that takes place at SWHC we are kept safe by a dedicated group of volunteers. We still need more people to volunteer as Security Stewards, no experience necessary, full training given. All you need is a pair of eyes and common sense! For those who want to take the next step, you can become a CST Officer. For more details, please contact us.

Head of Southend CST Dave Ramet


A charitable organisation raising money to go towards building homes for needy children in Israel. An annual Garden Party at Porters Lodge is amongst some of the events the local Emunah organisation hosts.

Local Representative Rochelle Spector 01702 436791


A local branch of the Jewish Association of Cultural Societies national organisation meeting every Wednesday in the Shul Hall at Finchley Road 2pm-3pm.

Contact Maurice Symons
01702 351845 

Jewish Community Centre (Jewish Care)

1 Cobham Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 8EG

Offering a wide range of activities, clubs and outings for anyone who enjoys company and fun. There are crafts, The Cobham Singers choir, card games and even computer classes if you want to become more confident around technology. Regular Salt Beef Supper evenings and there is also the opportunity to enjoy a kosher lunch and tea for more details see our brochure.

We’re always looking for volunteers to help out at the centre too, hours to suit you, please get in contact.

The centre is open between 9:15am – 3:30pm Monday to Thursday, 9:15am – 1pm on Fridays.

Telephone 01702 334 655

Jewish Genealogical Society

Ever wanted to know more about the history of your family? Anne Marcus is here to help! Regular talks and presentations held, check the Shul Newsletter for forthcoming events.

Also Jewish Southend-on-Sea a facebook group run by Anne with a wealth of photos and memories, both new and old. Reconnect with friends and share your experiences of Jewish Southend here.

Telephone 01702 586877

Meals on Wheels

Frozen heat and ready to eat to your door.  Meals on wheels service available (subject to criteria).

Contact Laura Johnson
01702 334655

Monday Club (Shalom Friendship Club)

A friendly social club for those who love card games, there’s lots going on. We play Solo, Canasta and Kalooki and more. Please come and give us a try you will be sure of a warm welcome.

Time 11:45am – 3:30pm.
Cost £3 to include a light lunch of sandwiches and tea/coffee.
Venue Shul Hall

Contact Maurice Symons
01702 351845 

Shebson Lodge

16 independent living apartments with 24 hour support. Please contact Jewish Care for more details.

Telephone 01702 334 655


Ladies singing group meeting fortnightly on Mondays. We sing a mixture of Hebrew, Yiddish and English songs, from the sacred to the secular. No experience needed and you don’t need to be able to read music or Hebrew. Just come along with your enthusiasm and your voice! Always keen to welcome new members!

Contact Shirley Shalet
Telephone 01702 432662

Southend Friends of Israel

The objectives of SFI are simple – to promote goodwill and harmony amongst all faiths regarding Israel and her peoples through a process of education and understanding. Discussion, debates, lectures , talks, film shows, interfaith dialogue, social events are all be a part of SFI’s agenda and meetings are held monthly.

Contact Peter Baum

Tuesday Nighters

A group of (now much older) young-marrieds who get together for social meetings on Tuesday nights once a month. Come and join us!

Contact Lawrence Collin 01702 353416

Westcliff & District WIZO

Women’s International Zionist Organization. We raise funds to support over 800 vital social welfare and educational projects in Israel. WIZO campaigns for the advancement of women in society and human rights issues. Locally, we arrange trips, organise fundraising events and meet socially.

Local Representative Jackie Kalms
Telephone 01702 437801