Loughton Shul - Affiliated to the Federation of Synagogues

Our Shul – A Modern Community with Traditional Values

At Loughton Synagogue we pride ourselves on being a modern community with traditional values. We are affiliated to the Federation of Synagogues.

Loughton Shul - Affiliated to the Federation of Synagogues
Loughton Shul offers a warm, caring and non-judgmental environment to every person who walks through its doors.

We’re not just a Shul, we’re a vibrant, youthful and energetic hub for Jewish families in and around the Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Epping, Theydon Bois, Chigwell and Abridge areas.

Loughton Synagogue Forthcoming Social Events

15th October – The Oscar Band and Dinner @ 7:30pm

27th & 28th October – Shabbat UK – Loughton Synagogue hosting Friday night Dinner

12th November – Wot? No Fish!!

19th/20th November – Prague Trip

Children Service led by Rebbetzin Orly – 2nd Shabbat of each calendar month.

Shabbat Mevorchim Kiddush is also the Shabbat that precedes Rosh Chodesh (New Moon)

Sunday Shacharit Service and Breakfast – 2nd Sunday of each calendar month.

“Balfour Declaration Year” is the time for a Royal Visit to Israel by Prince Charles

Richard Cohen Loughton, United Kingdom

The Royal Family have visited many Arab and Muslim countries. It is time for balance. One hundred years after the Balfour Declaration seems as timely as any date in history. There is no reason why he cannot visit Arab Communities whilst there and actively promote peaceful coexistence.

“With the Arab question as it presents itself within the limits of Palestine. It will require tact, and require judgement, it will require above all sympathetic goodwill on the part both of Jew and Arab. So far as the Arabs are concerned a great and interesting and an attractive race I hope they will remember that while this assembly and all Jews that it represents through the world desire under the aegis of Great Britain to establish this home for the Jewish people, the Great Powers, and among all the Great Powers most especially Great Britain, has freed them, the Arab race, from the tyranny of their brutal conqueror (Ottomans) who had kept them under his heel for these many centuries.

I hope they will remember it is we who have established the independent Arab sovereignty of the Hejaz (Saudi Arabia) hope they will remember that it is we who desire in Mesopotamia (Iraq) to prepare the way for the future of a self-governing, autonomous Arab State, and I hope that, remembering all that, they will not grudge that small notch for it is no more geographically, whatever it may be historically-that small notch in what are now Arab territories being given to the people who for all these hundreds of years have been separated from it but surely have a title to develop on their own lines in the land of their forefathers, which ought to appeal to the sympathy of the Arab people as it, I am convinced appeals to the great mass of my own Christian fellow countrymen. That is the first difficulty. That can be got over and will be got over by mutual goodwill”

(Lord Balfour Albert Hall 1921)

Prince Charles as a self-declared defender of faiths is well placed to foster peaceful relations amongst different communities within Israel and peace with its neighbours.

Richard Cohen started this petition with a single signature, and now has 18 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about. To sign click on this link:


Forthcoming Social Events

Loughton synagogue are proud to present Danny Braverman’s one man show Wot? No Fish!! on Sunday November 12th.

It’s not a quiz it’s not a magic show it’s not a song or dance routine. It is almost unique. This clip on you tube best explains the show.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfj9n8L3b8I

Please save the date. More details including ticket prices will be available shortly so please keep the date and invite your friends and family to share a memorable experience.

Recent Events


The Loughton Synagogue Community enjoyed a wonderful Purim today (12th March, 2017)

Below are a few pictures, not necessarily in the right order, showing our Rabbi, President, Chairman, Chair Lady of the Ladies Guild and the community letting their hair down – or putting their hair on which ever may be the case!?!

Barmitzvah next Shabbat – First Aliya Shachrit Purim – Not the conclusion – but the beginning teaches Rabbi Svi Portnoy – Father Stephen, Grand Father Michael and President Leigh look on. Today we have two presidents – see below!!

Stanley Perry sports his Egyptian colours.

Our Rabbi Zvi Portnoy aka King Henry VIII

Rabbi Zvi Portnoy and warden Gary Roll

Rabbi Zvi, accompanied by his wardens – Alan Kurt and Gary Roll

Our Chairman, Michael Newman, contemplates Shul affairs.

Our President, Phillip Leigh, addresses the community

Our Ladies’ Guild Chair Lady – Ruth Leigh – leads the incredible effort of her team.

Our Administrator, Sheryl Weintraub with one of her children

Some children watch a slide show – the story of Purim

Mary Poppins (Leslie Adams) dropped in to direct the ceremonies – better than a spoon full of sugar.

A Shule with 2 Presidents? Well done Alan Kurt – Warden

Our Rebbetzin with two of the family’s four children.

Is that you Grandma and if it is, why are you wearing that funny gear???

Visit by President of the Board of Deputies to Loughton Saturday 19th November 2016 (Motzei Shabbat)


Members of Loughton Synagogue have been invited by Barbara and Richard Cohen to join them at their house to question Jonathan Arkush about his role at the Board of Deputies at 5.30 pm (after Shabbat) in an informal setting with tea and soft drinks. 


We are always looking to improve our Shul.

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Loughton Schule – Our beautiful flower beds – lovingly maintained by Pauline Witzenfeld

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4th November 2015

Ashley Blaker Loughton

Pictures from this event……

23rd/24th October – Shabbat UK 2015

shabbat uk 2015

Pictures now on Portnoy Brothers

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget her cunning.
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,
If I remember thee not;
If I set not Jerusalem
above my chiefest joy.
(Against) who said:
‘Rase it, rase it, even to its very foundation.’

אִם-אֶשְׁכָּחֵךְ יְרוּשָׁלִָם–
תִּשְׁכַּח יְמִינִי.
תִּדְבַּק-לְשׁוֹנִי, לְחִכִּי–
אִם-לֹא אֶזְכְּרֵכִי:
אִם-לֹא אַעֲלֶה, אֶת-יְרוּשָׁלִַם–
עַל, רֹאשׁ שִׂמְחָתִי.