The South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue is an exciting and diverse
Reform Community based in Newbury Park, Essex.


If you are already a member of SWESRS - welcome. Please browse the website and login / register to view the member-only areas.

If you are not a member, we’d love to welcome you to SWESRS, to become a part of our community, at whatever stage you are in your life.
Why not contact us today, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.



The South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue (SWESRS) is an exciting and diverse Reform Community based in Newbury Park, Essex.  Its welcoming and inclusive style, together with its innovative approach to services, makes it a shining example of Progressive Jewry in East London.



SWESRS meets the needs of its members at all stages in their lives: sharing the joys of simchat, supporting and comforting them during difficult times.



Whether you enjoy spiritually uplifting services in our unique light filled, circular Prayer Hall, resonating with the sounds of our famous choir, or engaging in thought provoking learning, SWESRS will help and encourage you to participate fully in community life, whatever your background or level of Jewish understanding. Erev Shabbat / Shabbat Services are held weekly.



Members are encouraged to be actively involved with all aspects of synagogue life, religious, educational, social, fun, caring for vulnerable members of our community, with daily activities for members of all ages.  To find out more, please continue to browse.

Upcoming Events

  • Communal Seder Service

    Saturday March 31, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Members and their guests are welcome and it will be an opportunity to participate in a lively and enjoyable atmosphere. All the traditional songs will be sung, and in accordance with tradition your questions will be encouraged.

    The three course meal will be fully kosher for Pesach and will be accompanied by the usual four glasses of wine; as much Matzah as you can eat and all the normal trappings of the Seder.



    Children under the age of 12 £12.00 each
    Senior Citizens (members) £21.00 each
    Older children and adults £24.00 each
    All Non Members £25.50 each

    To avoid disappointment and so that tickets can be sent out, please contact the Synagogue Office, no later than Friday 23rd March. There are a maximum number so early booking is advisable.


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  • BACK TO THE FUTURE PART 2 – Strategic Planning!

    Sunday April 22, 9:45 am to 12:45 pm

    Last September, following a year of celebrations for our 60th anniversary, a community workshop event was held to think together about future directions for SWESRS.  We asked what we can learn from our past and considered how we can move on into a successful future.

    We noted that changing demographics coupled with changing attitudes to synagogue membership and community life are issues that affect all of UK Jewry and that the ways in which we choose to address these challenges will be as individual as our community.  Together, we looked at our strengths and our weaknesses; at current and future opportunities; and at the challenges ahead.  We explored key questions that we must answer before moving forward.   This was important initial work and since then Council has been debating the issues you raised, with a Strategic Planning Working Group meeting to start to progress these ideas.

    You are now invited to return to, or join in, the discussion and help develop an action plan to take this work forward.   Please join us on Sunday April 22 and have your say, as we continue planning together for our future.   We know that you will help to make this a creative, productive and important morning.

    RSVP for catering purposes to admin@swesrs.org.uk or call the synagogue office on 020 8599 0936.

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