Welcome to Milton Keynes & District Reform Synagogue
The Milton Keynes and District Reform Synagogue (MKDRS) is over 30 years old. Our small and friendly congregation is based in Milton Keynes but attracts members from a wide area in Bucks, Beds and Northants. MKDRS is affiliated to the national Movement for Reform Judaism, though it would be true to say that our membership represents a wide spectrum of religious observance. Some of our members are in mixed-faith relationships and we very much welcome non-Jewish partners.
Since 2002 we have had a synagogue building on the north side of the city. During recent years we have provided our synagogue with a beautiful new ark to house our Torah scrolls, and in addition a reading desk and lectern. We like to feel that we provide for all levels of Jewish interest and involvement. We have a thriving Cheder, of which we are very proud, as well as education classes for our members and we also provide support for non-members who are interested to convert to Judaism.
Our varied programme of social events is especially popular with members. These include a reading group, sewing group and craft group.
MKDRS is run by volunteers. We have a small management council, and we welcome members to help with our work. We hold regular Shabbat and festival services. These services are conducted by our members and by visiting Rabbis and student Rabbis. For most of our services we use the Siddur published by the Movement for Reform Judaism, but we have frequent less formal family services and also Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat events with food, singing, readings and discussion. In addition, we have a lovely choir that enhances the services.
All full members are also members of the Jewish Joint Burial Scheme (JJBS), which receives part of each member’s subscription.
We keep in contact with our members through a quarterly magazine, Listen, and through frequent email bulletins of current events. Ours is a diverse, active and happy community.
We hope you will join us.