About JSCN


Jewish Small Communities Network serves people in or proximate to over 100 small Jewish communities, in 72 towns, across the British Isles. That covers around 55,000 people, roughly 20% of the total Jewish population of the UK.
  • An open door for anyone who needs help with anything to do with small Jewish communities
  • Bringing communities together to learn and share
  • Supporting resilience and leadership
  • Acting as the missing jigsaw piece between communities and organisations that could support them

More about JSCN and the world of  small communities in this interview for Norrice Lea TV


JSCN is registered with the Charities Commission No. 1168499

Created in 2003, JSCN is coordinated by its Chief Executive Ed Horwich.

ed horwich

Raised in the bustling and large Jewish community of Southport, by the time he returned it had diminished to just 8% of it more glorious days. After a career as a photographer, business mentor, EU projects director, and broadcaster, he was sucked into community life, serving on the management and executive of two synagogues. He has been championing Jewish small communities for the greater part of the twenty-first century.

Ed is part of a cohort of European Jewish Community Professionals seeking to enrich Jewish life and ensure its resilience.

He also represents JSCN within the Board of deputies of British Jews.

Working with other communal organisations 

JSCN collaborates/participates with:-
Forum of Northern Rep Councils (Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow & Edinburgh).
Board of Deputies (JSCN is a member)
Jewish Leadership Council
Office of the Chief Rabbi
Movement for Reform Judaism
Liberal Judaism
Masorti Judaism
the FED (Manchester Jewish Services)
Jewish Care
– We can work with you too.
Please get in touch.

JSCN operates as a bridge for those needing to access smaller Jewish communities across the UK.

We also provide a platform for small Jewish communities wishing to reach wider audience.

In addition JSCN provides a number of information resources which would be helpful to this audience.

How we do it

JSCN delivers this through a number of channels: its website, email newsletters, audio streaming, social media etc.

We act predominantly as a bureau or network, where necessary signposting enquiries to the appropriate communities or specialist organisations.

We work with over 100 Congregations and Communities in around 80 geographic areas.

Why we do it

Community without 'togetherness' is something of a contradiction.
We seek to bring the community of small communities together, to make it more inclusive within both the Jewish community and the wider UK community.
Sharing experiences, best practice, and ways to contact one another can improve the foundations on which our society is laid.

Open door

JSCN provides an inclusive, non-judgemental and non-denominational environment where you can safely seek information.

Community Engagement

We are currently developing a series of meetings, bringing regional communities together.

Heritage & Document

In addition we are creating parallel projects to record the histories of communities, and to document them as they are today.

Working on multiple levels

JSCN works with... individuals, communities, Regional Jewish community bodies, local & national Jewish organisations, plus European and other International charities and groups.

Charitable Objects

To advance the Jewish faith for the public benefit by:
a) providing information & advice to enable members of Jewish small communities to practice & live within the faith; b) relieving need related to ill health & disability in Jewish small communities and others; c) advancing education in Jewish history and culture; d) promoting the elimination of anti-semitism and education about anti-semitism.


Contact JSCN: general enquiries
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Our office is manned part-time, however we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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