Welcome to Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue
We are friendly Reform community based in Wanstead London E11 1UL. Our synagogue is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II* listed building that was once part of the old Wanstead Hospital complex and prior to that the Merchant Seaman’s Orphan's Asylum. We are a growing community of over 450 Full Members and Associate Members plus around 110 children, Sukkat Shalom usually offers its members a choice of services and activities as listed at the bottom of this page.
During the Covid 19 outbreak the synagogue would be happy to receive stories and anecdotes on the situation for inclusion on the website in our weekly Newsletter and in the Shema.
As there is nobody at the shul to answer the phone you can leave a message on 020 8530 3345.
For any enquiries please contact Frank Godson the Administrator on or by phone on 07545 349999
FOR ALL NEW ONLINE ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES
including Lehrhaus Classes go to Education then Adult Education.
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Reflection on the the past year 2020
As of January 2021 the synagogue will be 40 years old. It is unlikely that we will be able to celebrate this event near to the actual anniversary date so we will defer any celebration until later in 2021 once the synagogue is open again and most of us have been vaccinated.
Its been a tough year for the synagogue with our doors closed and all services and other activities including education and committee meetings held on Zoom. This has created hours of work for our Senior Warden and Chair of Adult Education.
Just because the synagogue has been closed it does not mean that the Board of Trustees, the Rabbi & the Administrator have been idol, far from it.
The usual life and work of the synagogue goes on. Members leave and new members join, all weddings have been organised and un-organised finally to be deferred to 2021. We had one Barmitzvah during 2020. Our tenant the JJBS have moved out of the building and arrangements have been made for a new tenant to move in.
The synagogue became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and the committee involved in this work spent a lot of time on the project. The building still needs to be maintained and our Chair of House has spent many hours organising the work and seeing to the buildings maintenance. The car accident which destroyed the front wall of the synagogue meant that many hours were spent dealing with contractors, clearing up and involvement with the insurance brokers. Lots of work for our Treasurer and others. We have instigated a new weekly Newsletter with a new editor, Oren Rosenmann and many hours were spent discussing content etc. Please send any news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also many thanks to those members who have been involved in telephoning the elderly members during the year. If you would like to help make some calls please contact Frank Godson.
The Book club has carried on meeting throughout the year, many thanks to the organisers for this. Covid reports and risk assessments have had to be written and rewritten. The Shema was compiled and circulated. Many thanks to all of the contributors and those that produced it. All Yoga & Pilates classes have been suspended during the Pandemic.
Sadly the synagogue has not been totally isolated from the effects of Covid -19 and some of our members who passed away in 2020 and at the beginning of 2021, had suffered symptoms prior to their deaths. We ask you all to take care and keep isolated until the worst effects of the Pandemic are over. We remember at this time the following members who passed away during 2020 and 2021:-
Lee Rosen, Francis Schwartz, Sylvia Lermer, Mark Gelb, Dorothy Jacobs, Gary Lee, Hazel Shinebroom, Sidney Lee, Barbara Reed, Nicholas Crego, Edna Kodish, Sidney Kirsh, Lesley Morpurgo, Willy Kodish, David Beecher & Loretta Herman. We wish all of their families a long life.
Finally I hope that we will see better times during 2021 and remind you to please let the Administrator know of any news and he will see that it is passed on (email@example.com)
Frank Godson - Honorary Life President
For those viewing this page and who wish to join
the community I have listed below all of out usual activities
Weekly Shabbat Morning services. Now via Zoom.
One Friday night service a month which is followed by a Chavurah meal. Now via Zoom. This generates lots of interesting conversation and people bring great food. Lunch & Learn sessions at least once
a month after a Shabbat service. Now via Zoom.
We celebrate all of the festivals and hold a Communal Seder
every year. Cheder (Religion School) classes for our children
on a Sunday morning for about 30 weeks in the year. Adult Education (Please go to the Education page for details of classes on line)
Lehrhaus classes in conjunction with the Leo Baeck College. Many sessions now via Zoom. Some sessions are held in conjunction with our neighbouring synagogues.
A Text Study class. Hebrew classes, Conversion classes. Bar/Bat Mitzvah tuition. Lunch & Learn sessions. now conducted on line.
Tikkun Olam Group, Social events. i.e Quizes, Cabaret Nights, Musical Concerts. Joint services with other local Progressive synagogues.
Bridge play is currently suspended due to Covid-19 Book Club meetings on a regular basis. Now meeting on Zoom.
We are a friendly family orientated synagogue with full inclusion
for women in all services and management of the synagogue.
We carry out wedding ceremonies both in the synagogue and at
We offer burial rights to all Full Members and those Associate
Members who join for burial
Finally as our Hebrew name translated says, we are a "Shelter of Peace". You can read more about the history of the community
on this website and
there are a number of videos to watch as well. If you are interested
in joining the synagogue please contact Frank Godson on
07545349999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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On 1 July, 2020 Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
We continue to be known as Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue. Our registered, operating and e-mail addresses are unchanged. We do, however, have a new Charity Registration Number – 1188399.
The Trustees of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue (Unincorporated Charity) have become the Trustees of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue (CIO).
The property, assets, rights and options of the unincorporated charity have transferred to the CIO and the CIO has assumed responsibility for any liabilities of the unincorporated charity. The CIO has taken over from the unincorporated charity the benefit and burden of any contracts with effect from 1 July, 2020.
Should you require further information, please contact the writer at the above address or by e-mail at
telephoning 07985 213283
Yours sincerely, Jeff Lustig Treasurer