Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 - Rochester Cathedral

The theme for 2020 is "Stand Together". The aftermath of the Holocaust, and of subsequent genocides, continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations. HMD 2020 asks audiences to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime.

The 2020 Medway Holocaust Memorial Day event will take place at Rochester Cathedral on Monday 27 January at 6pm (refreshments from 5:30pm). The event will include presentations and prayers by local schools, Medway Youth Council., Medway Inter-Faith Action and  Kent Police, together with representatives of the synagogue.

Friday Evening Services


Friday evening services will be at 6:30pm prompt, from Friday 29 November 2019 until the clocks go forward in the spring.

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Damage to graves in the cemetery behind the synagogue

Photo Credit: Dalia Halpern-Matthews

It has been widely reported in both the local and national press that several gravestones have been upended and smashed in the old cemetery behind Chatham Memorial Synagogue.

This was reported to Kent Police on 8 October and we are grateful to them for their swift response to this dreadful crime.

If you have any information that may help the police with their enquiries, you can call them on 01634 792209. The crime reference is 46/194406/19. Alternatively, you can call  Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

National Hate Crime Week

At Chatham Memorial Synagogue, we are always grateful for the support of our Community Liaison Officer Bob Mahay and Kent Police and in turn we support the work they do to keep all our communities safe. Last Saturday evening, Bob Mahay organised an event at St Mark's Church in Gillingham, as part of National Hate Crime Week. From the synagogue, Jon Weiner and Dalia Halpern-Matthews took part in this important event. Jon Weiner read a prayer, written for the occasion, alongside representatives of other religions who also read prayers. We stand alongside our brothers and sisters of all faiths, in the face of intolerance and hatred.

Donations to the Synagogue

To make an  online donation to Chatham Memorial Synagogue via Virgin Money Giving, please clink on this icon:

Also check out our new campaign page for the cemetery and security:

Medway Walk for Peace - Service for Peace

The 2019 Medway Walk for Peace joined the congregation in the synagogue at the end of our Shabbat morning service on Saturday 6 July, for a short Service for Peace. This is the fourth year that the Medway Walk for Peace has come into  the synagogue, en route from Gillingham to Rochester. Members of the congregation joined the remainder of the walk to the War Memorial, after the service.

In these uncertain times, Chatham Memorial Synagogue is pleased and proud  to be  associated with the Medway Walk for Peace.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 - Cliffe Woods Primary School

Torn from home

On HMD 2019 we reflected on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.

The 2019 Medway Holocaust Memorial Day event took place place at Cliffe Woods Primary School on Monday 28 January. The event included presentations and prayers by local schools, Medway Youth Council., Medway Inter-Faith Action, Kent Police and a Bulgarian Orthodox Priest, together with representatives of the synagogue.

150th Anniversary 2015


2015 was the 150th anniversary of the laying of the Synagogue's foundation stone. Our celebrations included a Collection of Cultures and a Civic Service. Both anniversary events are featured in our blog - see below. 

A booklet about the history of the synagogue and the community was issued to commemorate this important  anniversary, as shown in the image opposite.


Click the button to order the commemorative booklet via this web site. 

Kent Police - Run, Hide, Tell

Kent Police have asked us to circulate a poster, advising us what to do in the event of an attack on the synagogue

 - click the button to display the poster.



Welcome to the web site of the Chatham Memorial Synagogue We hope that our website highlights the variety of our community events and services. Please feel free to read more about our synagogue on this site, or join us for one of our services or events. Visitors are always welcome, together with old and new members of the community.

Our Synagogue


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).



Although we are a small community we hold services for Shabbat every Friday evening and once a month (usually on the first Saturday morning of each calendar month, but it can vary (see our What’s On page). There is a Kiddush provided by the Guild after each of these services.

We also hold a range of services on the various Jewish festivals and a full set of services on the High Holydays.



Find out about our up and coming events and festivals. Everything relating to our varied programme of  community events can be found on our What’s on page.



Our festival calendar is regularly updated and now includes dates for 2019 and 2020

Featured posts

150th Anniversary Service

October 26, 2015

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What's on


Check out what's happening in the synagogue over the next few weeks


Future events


Find out about our events calendar for the coming year. Everything from our religous services to our open community events.


Dates for your diary

Next weekly service

Friday 24 January

Next monthly service


Saturday 1 February

Next event

Holocaust Memorial Day

Monday 27 January - Rochester Cathedral

360º tour

Visit our 360º tour page to view 360º photos of the synagogue.

Latest News | CMS Blog


See whats been happening recently in our community.



It is now possible to make online donations to Chatham Memorial Synagogue via Virgin Money Giving.

Please click on the logo to go to make your donation



At Chatham Memorial Synagogue, we fully support the principal of Inter-Faith dialogue. With all the problems and uncertainty in the world today, it is very important that the representatives of the major faiths stand together in support of the values which we share in common. Therefore we are pleased to have been elected a corporate member of the Medway Inter-Faith Action Forum (MIFA) with a seat on its executive committee.

See below for the 2020 programme

Photo Gallery


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