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.
“Our youth movement, LJY-Netzer, will be running a parallel programme for school age children, full of fun and games, and there will be a staffed crèche for our youngest participants.”
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.”
Our keynote speaker at the event will be Rabbi Danny Freelander, president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). Danny will pick up on the challenge he made at the recent WUPJ Conference for us to make our global Judaism truly liberal in all areas from inclusivity to theology. Read an excerpt from his WUPJ Conference speech here.
More speakers and details will be revealed over the coming months.
Pictures of Biennial 2016 by Charles Davis and Candy Parfitt
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