Who are we?

In 1948—49 a small group of Jews of Leicester were seeking an alternative to Orthodox Judaism. In 1950 the Liberal Jewish Group affiliated to the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues, later renamed Liberal Judaism. Initially services were held in members’ homes and hired halls.

In the 1960s the name was changed to the Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation and bi-weekly services were held in the Friends Meeting House until the present building was bought in 1995 and refurbished to become a synagogue.


Our building dates from 1885 and was used as school until the community purchased it in 1995. It has been adapted to be fully accessible, a ramp for wheelchairs and a loop system for the hard of hearing.

We have a full calendar of activities and weekly services: Click here to see our services.

The building is available for hire subject to consultation. The following groups use the premises regularly:

  • The Shalom Club – weekly luncheon club for older Jewish residents of Leicestershire
  • League of Jewish Women supporting those with disabilities (bimonthly)
  • Singing for Pleasure
  • Pre and post natal exercise
  • Steering group for Knighton Memory Cafes

Who do we welcome?

LPJC extends a warm welcome to everyone including:

  • Jews by birth (matrilineal or patrilineal) and by choice
  • Jews in inter-faith relationships; non-Jewish partners are invited to become friends of the congregation
  • single Jews, couples or families
  • LGBT Jews – lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender
  • Secular and cultural Jews who may feel estranged from their roots

Neve Shalomneveshalom

Our community name, Neve Shalom, means oasis of peace and is a tribute to the village near Jerusalem known as Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam in which Jewish and Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel live together to create harmony and diversity. The life of that village is a constant source of inspiration and a beacon of hope for peace.