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New Year Greetings

If you have not yet seen the New Year Greetings list, it can be viewed by clicking here.

Mitzvah Day 16th November 2014

Chatham memorial Synagogue was proud to support this important annual day of social action based on the values of Tikkun Olam, Tzedek and Gemilut Chasadim with tens of thousands of people taking part in projects around the world.

For our Mitzvah we collected food for the Medway Food Bank - Emergency food for people in crisis.

For more information visit the Mitzvah Day web site.

Hilary Halpern - Joint Life President

The stone consecration for the late Hilary Halpern took place on Sunday 2 November in the Jewish section of Chatham Cemetery. There was also a well-attended memorial service  in the synagogue  on Sunday 13 July 2014. The service was conducted by the Revd Malcolm Weisman OBE, Minister for Small Communities and included a special prayer for Hilary by synagogue chairman, Jon Weiner.

Hilary, who died in July 2013, served the community for many years as a former chairman, chairman of trustees and as honorary architect and he will be remembered among other things for his tireless dedication to preserving the fabric of our beautiful historic synagogue.

To read the obituary by Gabriel Lancaster MBE please click here.

Painting © Marissa Mardon - (click on picture to enlarge)

Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

The Medway Holocaust Memorial Day event took place in Rochester Cathedral on Monday 27 January. See our Holocaust Memorial Day page for further details.

Chatham community honours Marie Halpern

At the Chanukah party on 1 December 2013, Marie Halpern was appointed Guild President of the Chatham Memorial Synagogue for life, in recognition of many years service to the community and its Guild (formerly known as the Ladies Guild).

A commemorative certificate and a bouquet of flowers were presented to Marie by synagogue chairman Jon Weiner


Synagogue Open Day

The Synagogue Open Day took place on Sunday 15 September 2013.

The open day was organised in conjunction with English Heritage and Bnei Brith UK.

In the two sessions we had around 100 visitors, who were very interested to hear about the history of the synagogue and various aspects of the Jewish religion and our community.




Holocaust Memorial Day

The Medway commemorative event for HMD 2013, took place on Sunday 27 January and included contributions from local schools and representatives of the synagogue. For further details visit our Holocaust page.

Click here to see the Meridian News coverage of the event.

Rededication of Sifrei Torah

On Sunday 2 December 2012, we held a service to rededicate 2 Torah scrolls which were recently restored by London sofer (scribe), Bernard Benarroch. During the service, in which we were joined by Rev Malcolm Weisman, Rabbi Cliif Cohen and Professor Les Lancaster, one of the restored scrolls was named “the Lancaster Sefer Torah” in honour of the recent 90th birthday of Joint Life President, Gabriel Lancaster MBE and in recognition of his many years’ service to the community.

Relaxing in the Succah

Members of Chatham Memorial Synagogue on Sunday 30 September, having completed the succah.

26 people, including a number of children, helped to build the succah in the morning and 32 people enjoyed the service and Kiddush in the succah in the evening.


The New Year 2012 newsletter is available to down load from the Newsletters page.

Synagogue Open Day

Our combined English Heritage and Bnei Brith Open Day took place on Sunday 9 September, when we had an almost record number of visitors. We hope they had an interesting and enjoyable visit.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2012

Thank you to everyone who filled the synagogue for this year’s commemorative event as part of an extended Friday evening service on 27 January. This year’s national theme is  “Speak Up, Speak Out”. See our Holocaust page for details.

Remembering Rifleman Jacobs

After our monthly Shabbat service on 5 November 2011, the congregation went to the grave of Rifleman Lazarus Jacobs in the cemetery behind the synagogue. A poppy with a Magen David was placed on the grave ahead of Remembrance Day. A memorial prayer was recited followed by the Mourners’ Kaddish.

Mazeltov to Lior Murphy on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah - Shabbat Shuvah, 1 october 2011 and to Adam Halpern and Lee Raphael, our Chatan Torah and Chatan Bereshit.

Synagogue Open Day - September 2011

Thank you to the volunteers who helped show our visitors round the synagogue on the Open Day.

Visit of the Bishop of Rochester - September 2011

We were delighted and honoured that the Right Reverend James Langstaff, 107th Bishop of Rochester, was our guest at the Shabbat morning service on 3 September. The Bishop was accompanied by the acting Dean, The Rev'd Dr Philip Hesketh. We were pleased to welcome members of Kent Liberal Jewish Community - Ohel Rachel and Thanet and District Reform Synagogue to share this important occasion with us.

Another Successful Seder - April 2011

Thanks to the hard work of Dalia and her catering team, around 40 people enjoyed a traditional but light-hearted second Seder night at Chatham Memorial Synagogue.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2011

The Medway Holocaust Memorial Day event took place on Thursday 27 January 2011 in Rochester Cathedral. For further details click please visit our Holocaust Memorial Day page.

A wedding in the synagogue- January 2011

Mazeltov to to Ari and Ismini Phillips on the occasion of their wedding ceremony in the synagogue on 23 January 2011.

Pesach 2011

More than 40 people enjoyed a communal Seder in the Centenary Hall at the synagogue. The catering was organised by Vice Chairman, David Herling, and his wife Joanna

Purim 2010

Thank you to Juliette Kaplan for producing and directing our children’s Purim play and to Rosie Freeman for the choreography.

January 2010

Holocaust Memorial Day

The Holocaust Memorial Day event took place in the Corn Exchange on 27 January 2011. The event was organised by the Medway Youth Parliament.

Gabriel Lancaster MBE

Mazeltov to our Joint Life president, Gabriel Lancaster, who has been awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours List for services to the community in Medway.

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