29 June - 1 July 2018
St Johns Hotel, Solihull
The theme for the 2018 Liberal Judaism Biennial Weekend is ‘Liberal Judaism: The Formula for Truly Progressive Judaism’ and it will seek to explore what makes our movement what it is today.
Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships, explained: “We will be looking at our people, our programme, our liturgy and our ideology through a series of workshops, seminars, debates and keynote speeches.
“In our true Biennial style, there will be dynamic and inspirational services, a chance to study and learn with your favourite rabbis, exciting evening entertainment and, of course, lots of delicious food.”
Liberal Judaism is also offering every community a subsidised place to send one new member. That person will get to enjoy the whole of the Biennial, as well taking part in a special programme about engagement that will help us learn and discuss how to expand our membership.
Charley added: “Every two years, as we hold our flagship Biennial Weekend, we see a growth in both numbers and engagement. This year we are making a real effort not only to welcome back many friendly faces, but encourage new people from across out communities to attend.”
We know that variety is the spice of life, so we are offering a choice of 40 sessions at the Biennial Weekend – led by Liberal Judaism’s rabbis, student rabbis, officers, staff and VIP guests. With tracks on everything from liturgy, theology and ‘radical rabbis’ to Israel, creativity and social action, your biggest problem will be having to decided what notto go to.
As well as our session presents, we are excited to offer two keynote speakers for the price of one – Rabbi Danny Freelander and Gillian Merron.
Rabbi Danny Freelander, President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Danny will pick up on the task he set at the recent WUPJ Conference, challenging us to continue evolving our global Judaism so it is truly liberal in all areas, from inclusivity to theology.
Click here to read an except from the speech Rabbi Freelander made at the WUPJ Conference in May 2017.
Gillian Merron, the chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Gillian, a member of Lincolnshire (Liberal) Jewish Community, will be tackling contemporary issues facing Jews in Britain, including the disturbing rise in antisemitism and the recent #EnoughIsEnough campaign.
Other highlights include:
A fully staffed crèche will be provided for children under six, while our youth movement LJY-Netzer will run a parallel programme for those between 6 and 15 years old featuring classic sessions and games, as well as presenters from the main Biennial.
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