The History of Our Synagogue

The first service in our community was conducted on 4th March 1978 by Rabbi Larry Tabick, and attended by over 100 people. It was shortly after this that the Milton Keynes & District Reform Synagogue (MKDRS) was founded. Amongst the founders were Maureen and Malcolm Pruskin, who held the position as the Shul’s first Chairman. Services and social events in those days were initially held in members’ homes, and later moved to hired halls. 

Wimbledon & District Reform Synagogue lent us two scrolls for our first High Holyday Services, which were held near Towcester, the home of one of our members.  The Synagogue now has 3 scrolls, one of which is on permanent loan from Westminster Synagogue.

In November 1990, Rabbi Willy Wolff became the first Rabbi in Milton Keynes where he remained for three years.  It was at this time that the decision was made to concentrate on raising funds for our own Synagogue building, and being a small community it took until 2002 for sufficient funds to be raised for building work to commence.

Barry Norman, Shul member, formed a Building Committee and took on the onerous task of being responsible for the building work. Another member, Warren Bright, undertook the role of the onsite building co-ordinator. On Wednesday 15th May 2002, a 60 tonne crane and 8 lorries with the building sections arrived at the site and by the end of the day the Synagogue building was up.  Brick and tiling work done, the inside completed and the furniture delivered. The first Synagogue in Milton Keynes was completed, and the first service, which included a Bar-mitzvah, took place on Saturday 17th August 2002.  

In February 2005 Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu was appointed as the first Rabbi to Milton Keynes & District Reform Synagogue since the new building was completed. Rabbi Shulamit left MKDRS in December 2014.

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