Our Synagogue is situated in Finchley Road, Westcliff. The Synagogue was built in 1968 using funds raised exclusively from within the community. Set in over an acre of land, the Shul has fine modern architecture, combined with beautiful stained glass windows.
The Community encompasses all ages, background and interests. The Congregation has always been blessed with a succession of distinguished Ministers and talented lay leaders who have all played their part in the Kehillah’s success.
The services are modelled on traditional lines and members of the Community are encouraged to take part in leading the davening where possible. Services are held everyday for Shacharit and Mincha and Ma’ariv with more than one minyan per service (staggered at different times).
The weekday services are held all year round in the Beit Hamedrash (a multi-functional room to cater for the large Library, education and occasionally family simchas) and kept going by a dedicated team of individuals who are in Shul everyday so that those who wish to say Kaddish following a bereavement or Yahrzeit can do so.
On every Shabbat morning and Yom Tovim, there are Children’s Services.
Many Simchas take place during the Shabbat morning service. A lot of organization goes into making a Simcha a success with much preparation beforehand. We try to make the celebration personal and special in a relaxed atmosphere all around the Synagogue. A warm welcome awaits everyone, new members and visitors, of whom, there are many throughout the year – they come from far and wide.
The Gabbaim (wardens) make every effort to ensure the Simcha, whether a Barmitzvah/Batmitzvah; Special Birthday/Anniversary or Auf Ruf, is one that will live in the memory for many years to come.
The Synagogue is usually crowded on a Simcha and packed out over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. During Yom Tov, various people hold topical discussion groups which cater for both men and women alike.
Particularly popular on a Shabbat morning is the famous Kiddush prepared every week by the Ladies Guild. The Kiddush has become a focal point for the Congregation and many important decisions have been made in the Shul Hall after the service!!
There are several themed Shabbatot during the year such as Ajex and Aid Society Shabbat. From time to time there is a Youth Shabbat when the Youth participate in the service.
There is a Shabbat service every Friday evening and this takes place in the Beit Hamidrash. You can hear our Rabbi daven a Carlebach style service to traditional tunes, you can join in the singing and absorb the atmosphere as a prelude to the Simcha which will take place in the Shul the next day. A small Kiddush is provided by the Synagogue towards the end of the service.
On Shabbat afternoon, there is the popular Seudah Shlishit (third Shabbat meal).