A festschrift for Rabbi Harry

Rabbis Dr Margaret, Harry and Richard Jacobi

4 November 2015 Rabbi Harry Jacobi was surprised with a festschrift written in his honour, as he celebrated his 90th birthday at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS). Harry, who was born as Heinz Martin Hirschberg in October, 1925, and grew up in Auerbach, Germany, twice fled the Nazis to become … Read More

LJY-Netzer partners with vInspired

Sam Alston with vInspired Award

3 November 2015 LJY-Netzer, the youth movement of Liberal Judaism, has teamed up with vInspired – the UK’s leading youth volunteering charity providing 14-25 year olds with volunteering and social action opportunities. Through this partnership, LJY-Netzer has become a vInspired Awards provider. The youth movement now has the ability to certificate … Read More

How synagogues can make transgender Jews feel welcome

Rabbi Leah Jordan 29 October 2015 The Jewish Chronicle In the past few months, transgender people have moved from the twilight into the spotlight. Thanks to celebrities including Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner and Kellie Maloney, transgender people and issues have found their way into the mainstream press and have been trending … Read More

Liberal Jews seek God beyond gender

Rabbis Harry Jacobi, Dr Margaret Jacobi and Richard Jacobi 26 October 2015 The Independent We welcome the call by the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek to avoid male language in talking about God (“God is not male”, 26 October) and also your editorial on the same subject. Liberal Judaism has recognised … Read More

Liberal rabbis to speak at pioneering LGBTQI event

26 October 2015 Liberal Judaism’s rabbis will be speaking at a very special Ritual Reconstructed event at JW3 on Tuesday November 24, which seeks to examine Jewish life through an LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex) lens. Ritual Reconstructed is a collaborative, community and academic project working with … Read More

Progressive students are all kitted out for Shabbat

23 October 2015 Progressive students will be fully equipped for Shabbat on campus thanks to new kits provided by Liberal Judaism. The kits contain a special Kabbalat Shabbat siddur, a £50 food voucher, Kiddush wine, candles, yeast and a challah recipe, and a havdallah set. Liberal chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan … Read More

Stonewall select leading Liberal Jewish campaigner for new trans advisory group

22 October 2015 Liberal Judaism’s Rainbow Jews and Twilight People project manager Surat-Shaan Knan has joined Stonewall’s new Trans Advisory Group.The group will support the integration of trans equality across all of Stonewall’s campaigns and programmes. It was put together following an extensive application and recruitment process.Members reflect a diverse range … Read More

Double celebration at Woodford

Peter Benscher and Family

19 October 2015 The congregation at Woodford Liberal Synagogue celebrated TWO 90th birthdays this Shabbat. The shul was full on Friday evening for a service to commemorate the birthdays of Peter Benscher, life president of Woodford, and Rabbi Harry Jacobi, father of Woodford’s Rabbi Richard Jacobi and a vice president … Read More

LJS nursery ranked as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

Liberal Jewish Synagogue Nursery

11 October 2015 The Liberal Jewish Synagogue Nursery School has been upgraded from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ in its latest Ofsted inspection. Gaining the rank of ‘outstanding’ in all areas, the inspectors praised an “excellent commitment to accurate self-evaluation, which results in staff implementing highly effective action plans across the nursery”.The report … Read More

Barnet Council to resettle 50 refugees after FPS action

FPS and Citizens UK

7 October 2015 Finchley Progressive Synagogue and Rabbi Rebecca Qassim Birk hosted a successful Barnet Citizens action over Sukkot, which saw Barnet Council agree to resettle 50 Syrian refugees. As part of Liberal Judaism and Citizens UK’s Sanctuary campaign – which began last Sukkot – the event was hosted in … Read More