Liverpool Reform Synagogue

The Liverpool Reform Synagogue is a Reform Jewish congregation and synagogue, located at 28 Church Road North, in the Wavertree district of Liverpool, England, in the United Kingdom. The congregation is a member of the Movement for Reform Judaism.[2]

Liverpool Reform Synagogue
Front entrance to the synagogue in 2017
AffiliationReform Judaism
Ecclesiastical or organisational statusSynagogue
LeadershipRabbi Warren Elf MBE
Location28 Church Road North, Wavertree, Liverpool, England
CountryUnited Kingdom
Liverpool Reform Synagogue is located in Liverpool
Liverpool Reform Synagogue
Location of the synagogue in Liverpool
Geographic coordinates53°23′49.8″N 2°54′56″W / 53.397167°N 2.91556°W / 53.397167; -2.91556
Date established1928 (as a congregation)



The congregation was established in 1928 as the Liverpool Liberal Jewish Congregation, a member of the Jewish Religious Union for the Advancement of Liberal Judaism, and was one of the first progressive Jewish communities that were established outside London.[3] From c. 1937 until 1962, the Liberal congregation was located at 1 Hope Place (off Hope Street) in the city centre, the site of the former Liverpool New Hebrew Congregation.[1] The former Hope Place building subsequently housed the Unity Theatre.[4]

In 1962, under the name, Progressive Synagogue, the congregation moved to premises located at either 28 (or 28a) Church Road North, located adjacent to the current synagogue building. The congregation subsequently moved to its current location, a smaller building in the gardens on the same site at 28 Church Road North.[1][3] The former synagogue building on this site was closed, converted into a block of apartments and, in 1952, was listed as a Grade II building.[5]

The congregation's part time rabbi is Warren Elf MBE. Elf is based in Manchester and is also the part-time rabbi at Southend and District Reform Synagogue in Southend-on-Sea.[6][7]

Notable members


See also

The former Progressive synagogue
The former Progressive synagogue, now apartments, in 2017
Location28A Church Road North, Liverpool, England
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name28A AND 28, CHURCH ROAD NORTH
Designated28 June 1952
Reference no.1068326
Entrance gates to the synagogue


  1. ^ a b c "Liverpool Reform". Jewish Communities and Records – UK. JewishGen and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. 3 May 2023. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  2. ^ "Liverpool Reform Synagogue". Synagogue Directory. Movement for Reform Judaism. Archived from the original on 9 August 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Our Story So Far". Liverpool Reform Synagogue.[self-published source?]
  4. ^ "Home". Unity Theatre, Liverpool.
  5. ^ Historic England (28 June 1952). "28A AND 28, CHURCH ROAD NORTH (Grade II) (1068326)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  6. ^ "Our Synagogues". Synagogue Directory. Movement for Reform Judaism. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Rabbi Warren Elf". About SDRS. Southend & District Reform Synagogue. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  8. ^ Dysch, Marcus (21 June 2013). "Luciana Berger pledges to help women follow in her footsteps". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 11 September 2015.