Based in the heart of South London, we are a welcoming and inclusive centre of Jewish life. We are proud of our diverse community, our progressive values, our quest for learning, and our 90 years of tradition.
History of the Synagogue
The synagogue was established in 1929 as one of the first Liberal congregations in the UK. Its first president was the Honourable Lily H Montagu, one of the founders of Liberal Judaism. Two years earlier, Samuel Morris Rich and several of his friends discovered a potential nucleus for a congregation in South London and so set about gathering people together.
A discussion group was formed so that members would understand the ideas and principles of Liberal Judaism. The congregation moved to its present home in Prentis Road (formerly a girls’ school) in 1938. It appointed its first full time minister, Rabbi John Rayner in 1953. Before then, services had been conducted by a number of capable lay leaders. SLLS has had nine ministers since then, perhaps most well known being Rabbi Julia Neuberger, minister from 1977-1989.
Rabbi Nathan Godleman
Nathan was brought up in London and had a career as a teacher before entering Leo Baeck College. He is a member of Mosaic Liberal Synagogue and sang in the members’ choir at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue. For the last two years of his rabbinic studies Nathan served South London Liberal Synagogue where he continues in his first rabbinic appointment.
While the front entrance has steps, the synagogue has stepfree access through a side entrance. Please let us know if you require stepfree access and we will arrange this. There is stepfree access to the sanctuary via a lift. There is a toilet which is accessible to some wheelchair users, although please be aware that it does not have a grab rail.
We have large print siddurim (prayer books) available. There is a hearing loop in use at all services.
If you have any questions about access, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.