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Our synagogue has been named Neve Shalom. This means oasis of peace and is a tribute to the village near Jerusalem known as Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam in which Jews, Christians and Muslims live together to create harmony and diversity. The life of that village is a constant source of inspiration and a beacon of hope for peace.
Rabbi Mark Solomon officiates on a part time basis sharing his duties with Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community (Sukkat Shalom). As well as leading services and running an educational programme he is able to provide pastoral support and advice.
Leicester Progressive Jewish Community is an affiliate of Liberal Judaism and we value the continuity of our Jewish heritage. We also reinterpret Jewish traditions to keep pace with our modern society whilst we believe in preserving all that is good in tradition.
Liberal Judaism values truth above tradition, sincerity above conformity, and all human needs above legal technicalities. It promotes pluralism and engages in dialogue with other streams of Judaism, other religions, cultures and philosophies.
As a consequence our religious practice is a blend of both traditional and modern interpretation of texts. Our community supports gender equality in the participation of services and children are encouraged to be fully involved.
We actively participate in the multi faith life in Leicester. Our president represents the community on Leicester Council of Faiths. Our social action officer is our representative on the Leicester Faith Support Group for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
Our Chairperson takes a strong education role in the wider Leicestershire community. In addition she has a high profile within the wider Jewish community in Leicester including being involved in the 342 Trust.
She is also involved in the support of the elderly and vulnerable within the Leicestershire Jewish Community.
She is actively involved in fund raising, improving our resources and facilities. She has established monthly Friday night dinners for our own community (visitors welcome). These have proved to be vibrant, sociable and highly successful events within the framework of Shabbat.
How to find us
The synagogue is in a conservation area of Leicester and can be found at 24 Avenue Road, Leicester, LE2 3EA. It is situated within easy access of the railway station, the A6 and M1.
The synagogue is fully accessible to disabled persons; there is on street parking with no restrictions and seats for 80-90 people.
If you would like to become involved in our community contact the Chairperson.