Twilight People makes headlines as tour moves to Manchester

12 July 2016 Surat-Shaan Knan, the project manager of Liberal Judaism’s ground-breaking Twilight People initiative, has appeared on the front page of The Guardian newspaper. He featured in an article titled ‘Transgender stories’, where five people told the paper about their experiences. Surat-Shaan said: “Being trans and Jewish seemed a … Read More

Liberal Judaism appoints director of strategy and partnerships

Rabbi Charley Baginsky

12 July 2016 Rabbi Charley Baginsky has been appointed as Liberal Judaism’s first director of strategy and partnerships. Charley, who is also part-time rabbi at South Bucks Jewish Community and coordinator for the Alliance for Progressive Judaism, took up the role this week. Charley will be responsible for completing and … Read More

Heritage Award for Brighton & Hove

11 July 2016 Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue (BHPS) has won a prestigious Sussex Heritage Award for its state of the art building. The synagogue, which recently re-opened after redevelopment, has a new layout and beautifully designed interior to follow the community’s ethos of inclusivity and diversity. The community received … Read More

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein responds to JPR Intermarriage Report

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein 6 July 2016 Rabbi Aaron Goldstein responds to the Institute of Jewish Policy Research’s “Jews in Couples – Marriage, intermarriage, cohabitation and divorce in Britain” report: “The survey shows that intermarried couples are less likely to bring their children up as Jewish, but it doesn’t tell us … Read More

In the media: Rabbi Danny Rich on Brexit

5 July 2016 Rabbi Danny Rich, Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, has made a number of media appearances over the last few days talking about Brexit and how to respond to the result of the EU referendum. In an interview with Victoria Derbyshire on BBC 2, Danny made a post-Brexit plea … Read More

Liberal Judaism Biennial Weekend report

4 July 2016 Liberal Judaism promises ‘to keep pace with modernity’ with discussion on new siddur and innovative services at Biennial Nearly 300 Liberal Jews, from 39 different communities, saw a confident movement looking to the future at the Liberal Judaism Biennial Weekend. The conference included themed services covering the … Read More

[Sermon] What makes a siddur ‘Liberal’?

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 2 July 2016 What makes a siddur ‘Liberal’? Having published several siddurim for over 100 years, Liberal Judaism in Britain can readily provide answers to this question. Our first answer emerges from the simple fact that LJ has published several siddurim – or to be more … Read More

In the media: Rabbi Danny Rich fights anti-Semitism on CNN and BBC Radio

1 July 2016 Rabbi Danny Rich, Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, has made a number of media appearances over the last few days talking regarding Jeremy Corbyn’s comments at the launch of the anti-Semitism report yesterday. Jeremy Corbyn’s comment at the Labour Party anti-Semitism report launch, which paralleled Israel and Islamic … Read More

Rabbi Danny Rich statement on Labour Party anti-Semitism report launch

Rabbi Danny Rich 30 June 2016 Whilst I have never believed that the Labour Party is institutionally anti-Semitic, in May I called for an independent report because the bizarre comments of Ken Livingstone and anecdotal evidence of rhetoric that sailed very close to anti-Semitism – and the perception amongst many … Read More

A Shabbat welcome for refugees in South London

29 June 2016 Laura Griffiths, from SafePassage UK, was the guest speaker as South London Liberal Synagogue (SLLS) observed Refugee Week with a special Refugees Welcome Shabbat. Laura spoke about the work being done to find safe and legal routes for refugees to come to the UK. SLLS is part … Read More