Chatham Memorial Synagogue - Events

Forthcoming Events

We are currently preparing a calendar of events for 2015, which will appear on this page in the next few days.

Previous Events

Alexander Bodin Saphir, the son of a former synagogue chairman Nicholas Saphir is a filmmaker currently working on a number of Israeli/UK film projects. He is also a trustee of New Israel Fund UK and chair of its New Generation group.

Alexander gave a very interesting talk after the service on Saturday 1 November 2014 about the work of this peace organisation of which he is Chairman. There was also a very lively discussion.

Arts Festival/Open Day

The Arts Festival in memory of Hilary Halpern and our annual Open Day took place on 20/21 September and were very successful and well attended. The following photographs are of the Deputy mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Medway, actress Juliette Kaplan (in her character of Pearl in Last of the Summer Wine), Chairman Jon Weiner, Life President Gabriel Lancaster and Special Events Co-ordinator Jo Freeman who organised the event. More photographs can be found on our Facebook page.

To coincide with the Arts Festival, David Herling has recorded a series of six audio files of the writing of Bruno Schulz. In the near future he will add more audio resources including his excellent reading of stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Please click here to go to out Audio Resources page.


was held at Chatham Memorial Synagogue on Saturday 5th April 2014


At Chatham Memorial Synagogue, every religious occasion is also a social occasion. We have a Kiddush after every service (except Yom Kippur, of course!) where members, friends and visitors can socialise and enjoy a glass of wine or grape juice accompanied by light refreshments.

Of course if it is a Bar Mitzvah or other celebration then the Kiddush can be more sumptuous with fish balls, herrings and other Jewish delicacies.

In recent months we have introduced a Kiddush after the service on Friday evenings preceded by a rousing chorus of the traditional song Shalom Aleichem.

Chanukah and Purim are always the focus of the social calendar at Chatham Memorial Synagogue with a traditional tea and whenever possible, entertainment for the children. We had a Purim play in 2010 for the children of Jewish Kent and we hope to repeat this in the future. Similarly Simchat Torah has always been celebrated with great gusto though occasionally we combine it with Shabbat Bereshit.

We also hold a communal Seder at Passover on the second Seder night, when we usually enjoy the company of around 40 members and friends. Unfortunately, due to a number of members being away, it may not be possible in 2014.

Over the years, a number of concerts have been held in the synagogue which boasts excellent acoustics,. Details of some of these events can be found on our Concerts page.

For details of other events held in previous years, please visit our Previous Events page.

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Chatham Memorial Synagogue is a registered charity - No. 800902        Website last updated 17 December 2014