Kingston, Surbiton & District Synagogue has voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining the United Synagogue as a full member synagogue.
The community, which has more than 330 members is located between Kingston town centre and Surbiton station, near the River Thames.
Commenting on the news, Sheila Mann, Chair of Kingston, Surbiton & District Synagogue said: “At an Extraordinary General Meeting yesterday evening, the members of Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution proposed by the Board of Management to become a full member synagogue of the United Synagogue. In our sixtieth year, we felt the time was now right to become a full member of the United Synagogue family. We have been in discussion for some months with the United Synagogue in a friendly spirit of cooperation and trust, and finally arrived at a mutually satisfactory agreement. That this was appreciated by our members was evident from the debate and vote last night.
We look forward to progressing as a full member with all the benefits this will bring to our community.”
The Synagogue’s decision to become a full member of the United Synagogue will be ratified at the next US council meeting.
David Kaplan, Director of Community Services, United Synagogue, said: “It is extremely pleasing that Kingston, Surbiton & District has decided to join the US family. We look forward to working with the flourishing community, under the guidance of Rabbi Landau, and its excellent team of Honorary Officers to help the shul go from strength to strength.”
This decision follows hot on the heels of that made by the Ruislip community which was ratified as a full member Synagogue at the United Synagogue council last week. These communities continue the trend of growth of the United synagogue illustrated by the decision of the Birmingham Central Community to join at the end of 2016.
If Kingston, Surbiton & District Synagogue’s decision is ratified, there will remain just seven affiliate United Synagogue communities.