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Kent Liberal Jewish Community

Kent Liberal Jewish Community – Ohel Rachel – is a Progressive Jewish community welcoming all Jews, including those with non-Jewish partners and Jews by choice.

Formed in 1991, we have around 50 members living in all parts of Kent. We are a registered charity and are affiliated to Liberal Judaism, a national organisation with 10,000 members in 40 constituent congregations.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Annette Ray
Contact Position
07952 242432

Where to go

For security reasons, venue details can only be provided after contacting us
Street Not Given
ME14 1XQ

Services are held monthly in Maidstone on Shabbat mornings as well as for Jewish festivals followed by a generous kiddush. Occasional Erev Shabbat services are held in members’ homes on Friday nights followed by a bring and share meal. A portable Library with a wide collection of books and CDs is available.

In our services, everyone sits together, men, women and children. Men and women participate as equals in all aspects of the service. Services are usually conducted by a Ba’al/Ba’alat Tefillah (lay leader) or by a visiting Rabbi or student Rabbi. Part of the service is read in English and part in Hebrew so that everyone can follow. Transliterations of the Hebrew are available. We use the Liberal Judaism prayer book Siddur Lev Chadash, which has parallel texts of Hebrew and modern gender-inclusive English, together with original English passages.

KLJC is an egalitarian community, men and women may, if they wish, wear a kippah (skull cap) and tallit (prayer shawl), but these are not compulsory. Otherwise, there is no dress code.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Services are held monthly, starting at 10:45


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