South Bucks – an emotional farewell

South Bucks Jewish Community says goodbye to Rabbi Rachel Benjamin

11 January 2016 South Bucks Jewish Community (SBJC) held a special Shabbat service to say farewell (but decidedly not goodbye) to their rabbi of nine years – Rabbi Rachel Benjamin The service was created and led by the current, and three retired, chairs the community, who also gave their own … Read More

Celebrating Chanukkah away from home

Chanukkah Packs

10 December 2016 Liberal Judaism staff members, led by Rabbi Leah Jordan, spent last week putting together and posting more than 200 Chanukah packs. These packs are sent to Liberal students and young adults in campuses and homes all over the UK. The pack includes a chunukkiah, candles, dreidel, gelt … Read More

Birmingham celebrates 80th anniversary with refugee appeal

9 December 2015 Birmingham Progressive Synagogue (BPS) highlighted the needs of refugees fleeing poverty and persecution at a service to mark the community’s 80th anniversary year. Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi, of BPS, told guests that in the current climate of increasingly “difficult and worrying times”, vital work to protect the … Read More

Lord Mayor joins York for historic candle lighting

York Candle Lighting

9 December 2015 The York Liberal Jewish Community (YLJC) held a first ever civic candle lighting at the York Guildhall for Chanukkah, in the presence of the Lord Mayor, the Deputy Leader of the Councillor, Keith Aspden, and representatives of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats groups. The Rt Hon the … Read More

Liberal Judaism welcomes report on religion and belief in public life

7 December 2015 Today’s report from the Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life, recognising the growing diversity of religious and non-religious belief in Britain, has been welcomed by Liberal Judaism as a “significant step forward”. Commenting on its recommendations, Rabbi Danny Rich, the chief executive and senior rabbi of … Read More

Liberal Jewish Synagogue win annual LJ Quiz

LJ Quiz Winners - The LJS

A team from The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS) won this year’s annual LJ Quiz, in one of the closest ever results. The host side (pictured) finished just one point ahead of three runners-up, with Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, Finchley Progressive Synagogue and Kingston Liberal Synagogue all tying in second … Read More

Treble batmitzvah in Essex

Tikvah Chadasha Bat Mitzvah

4 December 2015 The growing community of Tikvah Chadasha (Shenfield, Brentwood & Districts Synagogue) in Brentwood, Essex, celebrated a treble batmitzvah for three women who had missed out earlier in life. Community chair Amanda Burke was the first to be called to the Torah, followed by Joanna Slaney and Kata … Read More

Interfaith award for Northwood & Pinner

Mitzvah Day Award for NPLS

26 November 2015 Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) has won the Mitzvah Day Award for Interfaith Partnership of the Year. The trophy was presented to Rabbi Aaron Goldstein and volunteer Marsha Myers, by Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks and interfaith chair Daniela Pears. It was given in recognition of … Read More