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Visits to Cheltenham Synagogue

The Synagogue

Fletcher Window Our Grade 2* listed Synagogue is over 150 years old and unique in Gloucestershire. It provides a focus for both Jewish education in the region and the appreciation of Regency architecture. We regularly welcome guests from near and far, ranging from local school children studying Judaism as part of the national curriculum to visitors from all over the world.

Visits are tailored to fit groups' interests but typically cover the history of the Congregation and the building itself, and the Jewish form of worship. Also shown and discussed are the ritual objects that are to be found in a Synagogue, why they are there and how they are used. Talks can also be much more specific, for example life in a Jewish home including aspects such as dietary requirements.

Occasionally talks can also be given at other locations.

Visits usually last about an hour. There are some steps at the entrance but no major problems of access. Please note that we are unable to cater for visits on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath. No charge is made although a donation is always welcome.

You can see further information on our Synagogue leaflet [1.3 Mb].

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For further information, please email the Secretary at

Heritage Days

Neptune Fountain, Cheltenham
Welcomed by a team from the Synagogue, visitors engaged with different aspects of Judaism in Cheltenham; the beautiful Regency Synagogue and aspects of religious and community life.

Leonard Bazar will be speaking about “The Jewish Diaspora in the UK” 7.00 pm Thursday 7 September in the Synagogue. No charge but please book your place by emailing

We also look forward to welcoming guests to the Synagogue during our “Open Doors” Sunday 10 September between 11.00 and 4.00 pm.


Cheltenham shopping centre

Cheltenham is a lively University town with important festivals celebrating drama, jazz, literature, music and science, and of course, the world-famous National Hunt Festival. It has sophisticated shopping, with elegant tree-lined promenades and regency architecture. There are excellent transport links.