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Launched in 2017, with generous support from The Bloom Foundation and in partnership with BHHC (Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation), BNJC is building a forward-thinking Jewish community within the vibrant seaside city of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex.

Find out more by asking our trustee Natasha Isaac a question below.
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Our vision
BNJC (Brighton & Hove Jewish Community) exists to revitalise the Jewish Community in Brighton & Hove, and to provide outstanding facilities and events for the entire city to enjoy. Our community hub will comprise of 45 new homes, plus educational, cultural, religious, social and co-working facilities.

BNJC will house a brand-new Orthodox Shul and mikveh (run by Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation) and outstanding dining options, including a Kosher café, restaurant, bakery, deli and shop (run by our trading subsidiary), which will support and facilitate Jewish life across the spectrum. 

Our mission
We aim to put the outstanding seaside city of Brighton & Hove back on the Jewish map, and attract the Jewish community, of all ages and across the religious spectrum, to call Brighton & Hove their home. As an inclusive and diverse community, we welcome people of all faiths and no faiths to make use of our outstanding facilities.

When we open our doors in 2022, BNJC will add to the richness, vibrancy and quality of Brighton & Hove.

Our charity
BNJC is registered with the Charity Commission (1195729). Unrestricted charitable donations to BNJC will help us to grow as a community and invest in our cultural events, nursery and co-working facilities. Restricted donations can be made to help with any of these activity streams.

A number of activities on the site are run by the charity's trading subsidiary, BNJC Ltd (company no. 12746123), including a café and restaurant. All profits from the trading subsidiary are donated to BNJC to ensure we can maximise our charitable activities.
"This hub of Jewish life will be a beacon of Jewish identity with the power to cultivate interfaith relationships and make a lasting impact on the entire city. I hope that it will put Brighton on the Jewish map and the Jewish community on Brighton’s map."
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Meet the team

Marc Sugarman
Marc Sugarman

Marc worked on the stock market for 17 years, and then helped run a consultancy and family office. He is a Non-Executive Director of Brighton and Hove Albion FC, and a Trustee of Albion in the Community, Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) and the Bloom Foundation. Brighton is a special place for Marc, and he felt that the Jewish Community deserved an outstanding facility in the city. Marc saw a chance to deliver just that at New Church Road.
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Jasmin Aziz
Head of Marketing

Jasmin’s background is in marketing, events and fundraising for charities and has extensive experience of working with Jewish Youth movements around the world. She is excited about the facilities BNJC will offer young people locally, and the opportunities it will create for young Jewish people around the UK to call Brighton their home.
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Ashley Woolfe
Membership & Partnerships Executive

Having run his own sports management and events company for over 25 years, you will now find Ash working out on the seafront early in the morning come rain or shine. He enjoys watching Brighton & Hove Albion FC and is very excited about developing the events programme for BNJC. He lives with his partner Janice, their three children and two dogs in Hove.
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Ally Goldberg
Marketing and Events Assistant

Ally comes from a background in events and business development, and is a passionate advocate for the Jewish community. She is excited to be helping BNJC create a Jewish hub by the seaside and develop a diverse programme of events for the community. She loves living in Brighton, and can often be found walking by the sea or enjoying the many activities the city has to offer.

Our trustees

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Natasha Isaac

Natasha is a Brighton-based barrister working primarily in family law. Aside from her current role as trustee for Jewish Feminist Alliance (JOFA), she has also been involved in the Jewish Museum, Tzedek and Jewish Women’s Aid as well as sitting on her synagogue board. Natasha and her husband have recently moved to Brighton to be nearer their jobs and close family and have enjoyed becoming a part of the local community.
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Michael Davids

Michael has over 30 years' experience in financial services and equity markets. He is Chair of Brighton & Hove Jewish Housing Association, trustee of Helping Hands and a member of the Brighton & Hove Holocaust Education Project. Michael was born and raised in Brighton and has a long involvement in the Jewish community. His late father was Chairman of Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation (BHHC), and he has served many terms on their board himself.
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Robert Comer

Robert started his professional life working for HMRC as a tax inspector before joining a local accountant firm. He has since set up his own private practice in Brighton (CCI Chartered Accountants) where he heads up the tax department. Robert is proud to live in Brighton & Hove and champions the city as a wonderfully eclectic place to live. He hopes that BNJC will regenerate the local Jewish community and create an environment where the Brighton & Hove community, irrespective of faith, can meet and learn from each other.