Jewish Communities in Norwich

Norwich Hebrew Congregation – Traditional Synagogue

Today there is a small but active Congregation with a resident Minister. We hold regular religious services, educational activities and cultural events. Services are held regularly each Shabbat morning at 10 am; we are traditional and use the previous Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks’ siddur. We have men’s seating, women’s seating and mixed seating areas. Following the service, a Kiddush is served in the communal hall.

The Synagogue is located at 3a Earlham Rd, opposite the Catholic Cathedral, NR2 3RA.

For more information, please visit the Norwich Hebrew Congregation website.

Norwich Liberal Jewish Community

Liberal Judaism reverences Jewish tradition, and seeks to preserve the values of the Judaism of the past while giving them contemporary force. It aspires to a Judaism that is always an active force for good in the lives of Jewish individuals, families and communities today, and equally makes its contribution to the betterment of society.

Services are held at the Old Meeting House, Colegate, NR3 1BW.

A prayer at the start of Sabbath:
The sun on the treetops no longer is seen,
Come gather to welcome the Sabbath, our Queen.
Behold her descending, the holy, the blessed,
And with her the angels of peace and of rest.
Draw near, draw near, and here abide,
Draw near, draw near, O Sabbath bride.
Peace also to you, ye Angels of Peace.
We’ve welcomed the Sabbath with song and with prayer
And home we return our heart’s gladness to share.
The table is set and the candles are glowing,
The food is prepared, the wine will be flowing,
O day of blessing, O day of rest,
O day of peace, forever blest,
Bring peace to us all, O Angels of Peace.

Said at the stone setting service at the graveside:
Much time has passed since we said our last farewell.
We have not ceased to miss (him/her),
And although our sorrow has become gentler,
This service reminds us of its first intensity.
We have not come here simply to grieve, though we do that,
But to remember and to give thanks.
We know that our loved one abides in our hearts,
And is a continuing influence upon us.
The righteous require no monument,
Their words are their memorial.
Yet it helps us to know that 
There is one place on earth forever dedicated to their memory.
We therefore consecrate this memorial as a visible symbol 
Of (his/her) enduring presence among us.

Visit the websites below to find out more about the Norwich Liberal Jewish Community and to read an interesting article in The JC about one man’s experience of relocating his family from London to Norwich.

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