LJ’s Shaan speaks to PM about LGBTQI+ rights

21 July 2017 Liberal Judaism’s Shaan Knan spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May at a 10 Downing Street reception to celebrate the LGBTQI+ community. Shaan highlighted Liberal Judaism’s trailblazing LGBTQI+ work; especially the oral history projects which he manages. Shaan said: “I mentioned how our movement led the way on … Read More

Celebrating LGBTQI refugees in the UK

19 June 2017 It is Refugee Week from 19 – 25 June. The week takes place every year across the world and we spoke to Rainbow Pilgrims about their work with LGBTQI immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Many wonderful and talented people have had to flee their country of origin … Read More

Liberal Judaism’s Shaan is Stonewall role model

9 April 2017 Liberal Judaism’s LGBTQI+ Project Manager, Surat Shaan Knan, has been named as a role model by human rights group Stonewall. Stonewall – which campaigns for equality for LGBTQI+ people across Britain – celebrated Shaan’s achievements, along with those of 12 others, as part of Trans Day of … Read More

Join our Shabbat sing-along at hit London show

29 March 2017 Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Rachel Benjamin and her cantor for the night, Liberal Judaism officer Graham Carpenter, will be leading a special Shabbat sing-along this Friday (March 30). The special event will take place after Stephen Laughton’s Off-West End nominated show RUN, as they bring in shabbat with … Read More

Share your Rainbow Pilgrim story

28 March 2017 Are you LGBTQI+ and born outside of the UK? Do you consider yourself to be a migrant or a refugee/asylum seeker? If so, then Rainbow Pilgrims want to hear your stories as part of Liberal Judaism’s latest project. Rainbow Pilgrims is a landmark archive project seeking to … Read More

Join Liberal rabbis to explore the Torah’s LGBTQI+ themes

21 March 2017 Rabbis Charley Baginsky and Dr René Pfertzel will be part of a panel discussion tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd March) entitled The Queer Torah: Exploring LGBTQI+ Themes in the Bible. They will be joined by Liberal Judaism’s LGBTQI+ project manager Surat-Shaan Knan and activist Zach Polanski, as they discuss … Read More

[Guest Blog] Calling the Church of England to account on LGBT issues

15 February 2017 Liberal Judaism has long recognised the importance of providing a truly inclusive religious home for its members. It draws no distinction between people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, be they congregants or Rabbis. We offer our support and thoughts to the Church of England … Read More

Rabbi Danny condemns medieval game playing in Charedi community

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30 January 2017 Statement from Rabbi Danny Rich, Senior Rabbi and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism. Liberal Judaism heard with great concern of the decision of Judge Jackson in case of J -v- B yesterday. While the judge had a difficult decision to make in interests of the welfare of … Read More

Volunteer for Liberal Judaism’s Rainbow Pilgrims project

18 January 2017 Liberal Judaism is looking for enthusiastic and dynamic volunteers for Rainbow Pilgrims – our latest landmark project that celebrates the hidden history of LGBTQI+ migrants in the UK. We are looking to build a volunteer team with a dynamic range of skillsets and passions – including budding … Read More

A tribute to Rabbi Lionel Blue OBE

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19 December 2016 Rabbi Lionel Blue OBE – who died in the early hours of this morning at the age of 86 – was a pioneering rabbi, teacher and mentor. Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships, was one of Lionel’s students and this morning joined many others, … Read More