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Built in 1869 by Simon Magnus, in memory of his son Lazarus, on the site of an even older Synagogue, Chatham Memorial Synagogue is  the home of  the Jewish community in mid and north Kent.

Chatham Memorial Synagogue is actually located in historic Rochester on the River Medway in the county of Kent, about 35 miles South-east of London and only 35 minutes by high speed train from St Pancras (45 minutes from Victoria).

Rochester, the home of the author Charles Dickens, is a popular tourist destination. For further information about Rochester, please visit our Historic Rochester page.

Purim Service and Party


Communal Seder

We will be reading the Megillah (Book of Esther) followed by a Purim party (optional fancy dress) at the synagogue on Sunday 8 March 2015. Full details are on our Events page


Our Communal Seder will take place at Nucleus Arts in Chatham on Saturday 4 April 2015 at 6:30 pm. Please check out our Events page for full details.


Synagogue member appears in Coronation Street

Juliette Kaplan, a member of Chatham Memorial Synagogue and a former star of Last of the Summer Wine, currently appearing in 8 episodes of Coronation Street. She is playing the part of Agnes, the grandmother of regular character Beth Tinker. Congratulations to Juliette on excellent characterization.

150th Anniversary of Chatham Memorial Synagogue

2015 is the 150th anniversary of the laying of the Synagogue's foundation stone. Two major events are being planned, on Sunday June 28th & Sunday 25th October. For further information, please visit our Events page.

Festival Calendar

The Festival Calendar has been updated to include dates for 2015 and 2016.

Online Donations

It is now possible to make online donations to Chatham Memorial Synagogue via Virgin Money Giving. Due to the high costs of running and maintaining this beautiful synagogue, all donations are gratefully received.

By using this method, the synagogue will be able to automatically take advantage of Gift Aid

If you wish to make a donation please click on the logo on the right


Audio Resources and storytelling

To coincide with the 2014 Arts Festival in the synagogue  David Herling has recorded a series of six audio files of the writing of Bruno Schulz and seven stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Please click here to go to out Audio Resources page.


A new Jewish arts blog edited by our newsletter editor Jo Freeman was also set up to coincide with the Arts Festival. Please visit  Chatshularts blog

Friday Evening Services

Friday evening services will be at 6pm, throughout the autumn and winter, until the clock go back in the spring, then at 7pm during the summer

Shabbat information

Details of candle lighting times and the week’s Torah reading can be found on the Shabbat page of the services section of the web site.

Prayer Recordings

To help our members and friends who are studying the liturgy and forms of prayer, it is our intention to build up a series of recordings of different prayers, which can be accessed from our Prayer Recordings page.

The initial examples are the Ashkenazi and Sephardi pronunciations of the Mourners’ Kaddish and the Shema.

Facebook and Twitter

Chatham Memorial Synagogue now has a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Please visit our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for more details.

Contact Details

For further information about the synagogue or the community or to contact us about any topic, please fill in our Contact Form and select the appropriate category. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Site Navigation

Please navigate around the site using the menu on the left hand side of the screen. In particular please visit our This Month page as well as our Services and Events pages for up to date information on what is happening at the synagogue.




Chatham Memorial Synagogue is a registered charity - No. 800902

 Website last updated on 26 February 2015

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