In 1943 a handful of families, looking for an alternative to Orthodox Judaism, started holding services in each other's homes. Following the ideals of the founders of the Liberal Jewish movement, they were determined to build a community of like-minded Jews - people who were looking for a form of their religion that was meaningful and relevant to 20th century Britain and one that provided equal status for men and women in synagogue life.
The present site was acquired in 1954; the original house, named Richard Michael House, is now used as administrative offices, by the Religion School and other Synagogue groups. What was the large garden is now the site of the Schindler Hall and provides High Holyday seating for 450 congregants and for 160 at sit down functions.
In 1989, we opened our purpose-built Synagogue situated at the side of the house. 160 congregants can pray in this beautiful and tranquil sanctuary. The whole self-contained complex serves the needs of some 850 members and their children, with a wide range of religious and secular activities. Now in its seventh decade, Southgate Progressive Synagogue continues to develop as a warm and friendly community and we aim to make everyone feel very welcome.
Always looking to the future needs of our community, the proposed building project will provide much needed space for Youth activities, as well as providing additional facilities for the less able.
Southgate Progressive Synagogue is an active constituent of Liberal Judaism and is represented on the Board of Deputies of British Jews. The Synagogue is a supporter of the Leo Baeck College - Centre for Jewish Education in Finchley.
The Southgate Centre for Judaism (SCJ) is the name of the site we occupy.
The Centre comprises: Our beautiful, custom-built Sanctuary, which is used for Shabbat services:
Richard Michael House, which serves as the home for our administrative offices, as well as many of the Religion School classes and meeting rooms.
Schindler Hall, which is used as the Synagogue for High Holy Day services, and provides a large hall
The home of Southgate Progressive Youth (SPY), which provides club activities for our young people.
Need a Venue for your Simcha? Then contact the Synagogue office on 020 8886 0977 to discuss hiring the Schindler Hall. Also available for quiz suppers, bingo evenings and dancing to live music.
Looking for a Place to Hold a Meeting or Presentation? Rooms in the Richard Michael House can also be hired for private use. Contact the Synagogue office on 020 8886 0977 for full details.