Whilst the Reading area is not the biggest Jewish community in the UK, there is a beautiful Synagogue, a Grade 2 listed building that provides a fantastic backdrop to any Jewish Wedding and has a strong history.
At least one Jewish family living in the area of Reading in Berkshire has been traced back as far as 1842. Eventually the group grew to 13 families, who declared themselves a community in 1886.
The opening of the Synagogue dates back all the way to 1900.
According to the Synagogue website: “On the 31st of October 1900, Reading Synagogue officially opened with an engaging public ceremony, packed to capacity with dignitaries, and lead by the then Chief Rabbi Hermann Marcus Adler”.
Reading Synagogue, an Orthodox community, itself is situated within easy walking distance of the centre of Reading. It is easily commutable to a wide range of beautiful wedding venues in Berkshire and areas which Wokingham, West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire.
A venue to consider is the Beaumont Estate which can host Jewish Wedding functions. De Vere Beaumont Estate is set on 40 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with many unique and historic features that create a stunning backdrop for your wedding.
There are also venues within Reading town centre itself – primarily hotels – but there are many stunning venues within the Berkshire area that can provide a more rural setting. Some of these hotels will accommodate a Chuppah as well as the party. With the proximity of Reading to London as well there is no problem in sourcing suitable suppliers for a Jewish Wedding as many suppliers will travel – although some may request extra travel expense.
There is also a small Reading Liberal Jewish Community. This is a small progressive community based in Reading and serving Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and South Oxfordshire. The Community is a constituent of Liberal Judaism. Additionally Reading University has a busy and thriving J-Soc society.
To find out more please visit the Reading Synagogue website..