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A welcome from Jules Wendon, chair of WCLS.

We welcome you to West Central Liberal Synagogue (WCLS), whether you are visiting London, travelling through or live in this wonderful vibrant city. WCLS is located in the centre of London in the Bloomsbury district and has a long and illustrious history having been established by Lily Montagu back in 1928. At that time many of the local Jewish community were employed in the fashion industry and as such were obliged to work on Saturday mornings. A solution needed to be found and Miss Lily, as she was known, created the unique concept of a morning Shabbat service that is held at 3 pm in the afternoon. The tradition became engrained and so even though Saturday working in the “rag trade” is no longer the standard for our Community, the 3 pm Service remains a fixed part of our life at WCLS, always followed by Kiddush, tea and schmoozing.

We are proud to be part of Liberal Judaism, with men and women taking equal roles in all aspects of the synagogue, services and community life. We welcome all and should you wish to attend services or enquire further please contact our administrator Carole Schomberg on office@wcls.org.uk. At present we do not have our own Rabbi and services are being led by visiting Rabbis and lay members with our Cantor, Adrian Harman, also supporting services.

We are delighted that Rabbi Tabick continues to lead Shabbat services and study sessions at WCLS twice a month: Judaism 101 looks at some of the basics in pre service study sessions and post service “Torah Teas” include learning, discussions and tea! All sessions are stand-alone so you can pick and choose your favourite topics. Check the programme on this page for more details.

We look forward to welcoming you to WCLS.