You can be assured of a warm welcome.
The synagogue office and members of the community are willing to help with any aspect of your stay in Southport, accommodation, kashrut, a minyan, and any special needs.
Subscribing to the synagogue means the community is able to maintain facilities for a Jewish way of life. ‘Country membership’ is available for non-residents who also wish to support the synagogue.
Services are led by a rota of visiting Rabbis, including Rabbi Arnold Saunders.
THE SHUL BUILDING
Beyond the bold white exterior, Arnside Road Synagogue presents a voluminous interior. It features a highly decorated Aron haKodesh and Bimah both made from imported Italian alabaster, along with impressive stained glass windows and resplendent brass work.
In the entrance vestibule are memorials to those from the community who fell in WW1 and WW2. These are also in alabaster.
Below the main synagogue is the much smaller Beth Hamedrash. It is equipped for religious services in the same way as the main shul, but is also a place for study and meetings.
The synagogue has a fully working Mikvah on site, along with a Toiveling mikvah for utensils.
Behind the synagogue building is the Amelan Hall and meeting rooms.
These provide banqueting facilities for Simchas and events.
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- ARNSIDE SOCIAL COMMITTEE
organises occasional social events throughout the year, including film nights, talks, and other entertainments. Details are published in the members’ newsletter and are available on request from the synagogue office..
ensures that those who defended our community and country are honoured and remembered. Fundraising supports many charities. Members also play a role in proving security for today’s community.
- LADIES GUILD
- LEAGUE OF JEWISH WOMEN
• Members of the community make sure that rights are performed with respect and dignity.
• Burials take place in the Southport Jewish Cemetery on Duke Street.
• Members of the synagogue can join the burial scheme, which covers the costs of a funeral.
[Arrangements can be made for non-residents who wish to be laid to rest in Southport, however Sefton Council will impose additional costs for non-residents]
The triptych windows above the Ark are an impressive sight.
• The centre one is called “The Guardian”. In its base is shown the Menorah, the Pillar of Cloud by Day and the Pillar of Fire by Night. In the circle, at the head of the window, is the Ark of the Covenant, just suggesting the Cherabim and Sechinon above the Palm leaves. At the base is the inscription “Behold the Guardian of Israel will not slumber nor sleep”. The border is panelled with various scripture plants Olive, Vine, Fig, Almond, Hyssop etc.
• The left hand window is called the “Abraham” window. The panel at the base shows the traditional Oak of Abraham of Hebron, the Altar of Sacrifice prepared for Isaac at the head, enclosed with a Pomegranate border. The inscription reads “Thou shall love the Lord thy G-d with all thy soul, with all thy heart and with all thy might”.
• The window on the right depicts in the base Jacob’s Stone at Bethel. The two side panels with the basket among the rushes on the banks of the Nile with Pyramids in the distance. In the top circle of the window water flows from the Rock.