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.
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.

Our mission
BNJC (Brighton & Hove Jewish Community) is based at 29-31 New Church Road, Hove, a site which will comprise residential, educational, cultural, religious, social and co-working facilities.

The site will house a brand-new Orthodox Shul (run by Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation) and a high-quality Kosher café, restaurant, bakery, deli and shop (run by our trading subsidiary), which will support and facilitate Jewish life across the spectrum. 

Our aim is 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.

Our inclusive and diverse community will 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.

Charitable donations
BNJC is registered with the Charity Commission (charity number pending). 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
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Sun, sea and pebbles:
Our world-famous beach is perfect for summer sea swimming and strolls along the prom, we’re the UK’s sunniest county – there’s no better place to be!

Commuting distance from London:
Just 50 miles from London and under an hour on the train to Victoria (and only half an hour to Gatwick Airport).

The countryside:
Nestled between the sea and the South Downs National Park, with stunning views and rural walks on your doorstep.

Shopping:
Our renowned ‘Laines’ are packed with independent stores to explore. We also boast a wealth of high-quality restaurants and quirky cafés.

Education:
With two respected universities and excellent primary and secondary schools, the city is a vibrant place to study.

Arts and culture:
Our vibrant city is bursting with music and arts events, with England’s most established multi-arts Festival held here in May.

Inclusive and welcoming:
As the UK’s unofficial LGBTQ+ capital, with a world-famous Pride celebration held every August, the city welcomes diversity.

Creative and entrepreneurial:
Brighton won the title ‘best place to start a small business in the UK’ (Source: Informi) and the largest concentration of start-ups per capita in the UK. We also have strong employment opportunities in banking, technology, media, law and tourism.

Healthy and happy:
We have good healthcare facilities with a number of leading hospitals, plus Brighton has been voted the happiest place to live in the UK in several surveys.

Sporty and active:
Home to Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League Football Club and Sussex County Cricket Club and a multitude of sports and activities to try from yoga to cycling, sea kayaking to beach volleyball.

An established Jewish community:
Dating back to the 1780s, Brighton & Hove is home to one of the UK’s major Jewish communities.

Meet the team

Marc Sugarman
Marc Sugarman
CEO

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
Marketing Executive

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.

Our trustees

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Natasha Isaac
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
Trustee

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.