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

Special service unites Jewish communities

Trish Bluett’s batmitzvah

26 November 2015 A service held at Hatherley Village Hall in Gloucestershire on Saturday was very special for two reasons. Firstly, it included 56-year-old Trish Bluett’s batmitzvah ceremony, which welcomed her into the Jewish faith. Trish mastered the Hebrew language to read a section of the Torah, which she followed … Read More

Nottingham Liberal’s Czech mates

Nottingham Liberal Synagogue in the Czech Republic

25 November 2015 Twenty-five members of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue (NLS), including Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich, hit the headlines in the Czech Republic after visiting the town that their synagogue is linked to via a Torah scroll. Taking their 10th group trip to the country, the community were based in the small Moravian … Read More

A prayer for Paris

16 November 2015 On Sunday evening, Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, joined hundreds of people showing their solidarity with Paris in an inter-faith vigil, organised by Citizens UK. Taking place outside City Hall in London, people of all faiths, and none, came together as one to condemn the … Read More

Liberal student chaplain stars on Songs of Praise

Rabbi Leah Jordan on Songs of Praise

11 November 2015 Rabbi Leah Jordan, Liberal Judaism’s student and young adult chaplain, starred on hit BBC show Songs of Praise, as part of a Mitzvah Day interfaith cooking event. The project brought together Jews and Christians to make food for the homeless, with all items donated to the overnight shelter at … Read More