About Sutton & District United Synagogue
Described as one of the most beautiful synagogues in LONDON, Sutton & District Synagogue is part of the United Synagogue and serves the Jewish community of south London, south-west London and Surrey.
With over 180 members, Sutton is a warm, friendly, caring and vibrant community led by an experienced minister whose services are much enjoyed. Regular and varied activities take place in and around the centrally located Synagogue and cater for all age groups. There are Cheder arrangements for children up to Barmitzvah / Batmitzvah age, adult education programmes, and social and cultural events to stimulate and inspire.
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Rev Cantor David Rome
Born into a Rabbinic and musical family, Rev Cantor David Rome was brought up in Redbridge where his love for study, music and prayer was encouraged from an early age. He attended the Ilford Jewish Primary School and then Avigdor Primary school followed by the Hasmonean High School where he completed his A levels in Religious Studies, English literature & Politics.
At the age of 18 he became the youngest Minister and Cantor in the UK at the Ilford United Synagogue, which was one of the largest shuls in Europe. He served there for nearly eight years until 2012. In Ilford he had the privilege to deliver regular sermons and lead Shabbat and Yom Tov services accompanied by the large shul choir. At this time he embarked on extensive cantorial training with Cantor Stephen Robins and then continued with advanced vocal techniques under successive teachers. Whilst at Ilford he accepted the call to be a resident soloist with the London Cantorial Singers and has featured on two professional CDs and performed at a myriad of venues both nationally and internationally. He recently had a debut concert at the Wigmore Hall for a unique Yom Hashoah Holocaust commemorative performance in which he appeared alongside Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel. During his tenure at Ilford United Synagogue he completed and received an Honours Degree from University College London, where his studies focused on Jewish History & Politics.
From 2012-2021, he was Minister at the Catford & Bromley Synagogue where he conducted and encouraged educational, religious and cultural initiatives together with pastoral care and life cycle events. He is experienced in creating exciting cross-communal and inter-faith initiatives and events within the community. His projects have included the formation of the South London, Kent & Surrey Jewish Historical Society and Jewish Culture South of the River which have incorporated some exciting events. One such event was an in Conversation between Rev Rome, Lord Michael Grade and Jennifer Jankel (Daughter of Joe Loss and Director of the Jewish Music Institute). He is delighted to have continued the work of his late grandfather Rabbi Judah Rockman, who was Minister at Catford for 44 years.
In September 2022, Rev Cantor David Rome made his latest move to the south west of London taking up his new position with us at Sutton & District Synagogue.
His profession to date is eclectically varied and has also included: Barmitzvah tutoring, musical performances, training students as a vocal coach, and teaching about the history and modes of Jewish prayer.
He has recently led Shabbat and Yom Tov services at a number of other shuls including: Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation, Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue, Cranbrook United Synagogue, Ilford Federation Synagogue, Radlett United Synagogue and The Western Marble Arch Synagogue.
As a trained Cantor, he aims to beautify shul services and places great importance on our rich musical Jewish heritage where he believes in the concept of fusing the modern with the traditional.
He has delivered a wide variety of lectures and classes on topics incorporating Jewish law, midrash, Aramaic and is known to think outside the box in relation to ideas and concepts.
In his free time he enjoys meditating and walking but equally enjoys the company of others. He also likes attending the theatre, reading and creating exciting initiatives to bring people together.