Eastbourne Liberal Jewish Community - בית חברים

About Eastbourne Liberal Jewish Community

Eastbourne Liberal Jewish Community was founded by  Andrew and Angela Jay in 2001 with financial support from Liberal Judaism, then known as the ULPS. We are a registered charity under the name Eastbourne Progressive Jewish Congregation (Beit Chaverim), charity number 1115670.

We have a part-time rabbi, Rabbi Roberta Harris, ordained in 2018.  Roberta conducts services as well as carrying out educational and pastoral work and lifecycle ceremonies.

The Community is a constituent of Liberal Judaism, one of the leading non-orthodox Jewish denominations in the UK.  For information on Liberal Judaism see www.liberaljudaism.org.  Liberal Judaism welcomes men and women equally and those in mixed faith or same sex relationships.  It also welcomes matrilineal and patrilineal Jews.

Our current membership rates are 120 a year for full adult members and 65 a year for associate members.

If you are interested in conversion to Judaism, please phone/text: 07497 401280 or email: eljc.contact@gmail.com.  We can arrange an initial interview with our Rabbi who will advise on a course of study leading to eventual admission to the Jewish faith.

In some circumstances, reduced rate membership is available.  If you are in genuine financial hardship and/or receive certain state benefits, please complete the application form below and send it to P O Box 227, Eastbourne, BN24 9GY.  Any information you provide will remain completely confidential.

ELJC can arrange a Jewish funeral (whether for burial or cremation) in Eastbourne or elsewhere for members or non-members conducted by our Rabbi or another Liberal Judaism rabbi or a lay officiant.  In the event of a death, please phone 07497 401280 or Rosedale Funeral Service  on 01323 726100.

ELJC can also arrange weddings and marriage blessings (subject to conditions).  To arrange to discuss this with our Rabbi, please phone/text 07497 401280 or email: eljc.contact@gmail.com.

ELJC continues to develop and serves members in the wider East Sussex area as well as in Eastbourne. 

We are always delighted to welcome new members, and if you would like to join membership forms can be found below:

Membership application form 

Associate membership application form

Reduced rate membership application form 

Standing order form

Gift aid form




We are very proud to be a full constituent member of Liberal Judaism.


Dedication of our Sefer Torah on 4th May 2003

Eastbourne Progressive Jewish Congregation (Beit Chaverim) (operating as Eastbourne Liberal Jewish Community)  Registered Charity 1115670

Website by Barry Bryce.