Liberal Judaism has welcomed the merger of two synagogues into a new community serving East London and West Essex.
Members of Bet Tikvah and Woodford Liberal Synagogues voted in favour of forming a new single congregation led by Rabbis Richard Jacobi and David Hulbert.
Rabbi Danny Rich, senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring together the strengths and resources of Bet Tikvah and Woodford Liberal Synagogues.
“This new 700 member Liberal community is a statement of our confidence in, and desire to serve the Jewish community of Redbridge, Essex and beyond.”
Eighty-six per cent of Bet Tikvah members and 81 per cent of Woodford Liberal Synagogue members voted in favour of unification.
Woodford Liberal Synagogue chairman Jonny Hurst said: “I genuinely believe that the whole will be greater than the sum of its parts – creating a stronger and more secure community, without losing the identity and values which we have both developed and cherished over many decades.”