Welcome to the Catford And Bromley United Synagogue

Since it’s establishment in 1936, our synagogue has brought together members of the Jewish community from across South-East London and Kent.

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Our Faith

At our core is a beautiful synagogue where Shabbat services are conducted, and festivals are celebrated. The congregation is led by our enthusiastic minister and chazan, Minister David Rome. He creates a warm environment in which we can enrich our Jewish lives.

Community

Our inclusive and friendly community is one of our biggest strengths. A warm welcome is always guaranteed, whatever the occasion. Happy events are celebrated and shared in the community, and support is never far away during difficult times. Our synagogue is home to a diverse range of lively social groups, in which there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. An active and well-resourced Maccabi youth club is based on-site, providing after school activities and camps during school holidays. Our Young People’s Group meets regularly, and our Friendship Club for senior members holds a lunch every week.

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Learning

Many new families have joined the synagogue in recent years, and their children attend our flourishing nursery and cheder. The children are taught history, religious practice, and to read Jewish texts, so they can take part in synagogue services whenever possible. There are opportunities for adult learning as well.

Outreach

Links with the wider community are strong, with visits from school groups encouraged. We are pleased to have a close relationship with various inter-faith groups, and our representatives are working with them to enhance a mutual understanding of each other’s beliefs and customs.

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The synagogue has a proud history and is looking forward to a bright future.

Our History

1936

Catford's First Service

The first services were conducted in member’s homes.

1939

Our Congregation Was Formed

Over 100 members joined the congregation and Reverend Cooper became our first minister.

1940

The Synagogue Opened Its Doors

The new synagogue opened in its first home at 53 Catford Hill.

1940 - 1947

Difficult Years

Difficult years for the shul with declining membership caused by the outbreak of war and bomb damage to the shul.

1948

Rabbi Rockman Joined Us

Rabbi J. H. Rockman became our minister and the community was growing again.

1952

The Move To Crantock Road

New premises were needed and found. After a huge fund raising effort the Glennifer laundry sports ground was purchased in Crantock Road. Services were conducted in an old squash court. Shortly afterwards Rabbi Rockman left and took up a new position in Harrogate, returning to Catford Synagogue in 1958.

1965

Funds Were Raised To Build Our Synagogue

High Holy Day services were conducted in various venues, hired from Bromley Council as the Arnold Robins Hall wall was not big enough to accommodate the congregation. After some difficulties with alternative venues, funds were raised to create a purpose built synagogue.

1967

Our First Newsletter Was Published

The first regular newsletter was published called The Shofar. The name was later changed to The Gazette.

1968

Our Synagogue Was Completed

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The first Service to be held in the new Synagogue was in February, a memorable occasion followed by the first Bar Mitzvah in March. At last we had a Synagogue which made us independent of the Town Hall - one that could accommodate all our members.

1999

'Togetherness' Award

The synagogue Contact Committee won the Chief Rabbi's award for attracting community togetherness.

2002

One Day Limmud

The Catford And Bromley United Synagogue and Bromley Reform Synagogue collaborated to organise a successful one day Limmud in Bromley.

2007

The Friendship Club Celebrated 50 Years

The Friendship Club celebrated 50 years since its first meeting at 53, Catford Hill.

2012

Minister Rome Joined Us

Minister Cantor David Rome was appointed. He is the grandson of Rabbi Rockman who had served the community for 44 years.

2014

75 Year Anniversary!

The community celebrated its 75th anniversary with a celebratory tea which was attended by Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks.