Liberal Judaism supports organ donation consultation

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18 January 2018 The British Government has begun a consultation over its plans to change the way organs are donated by introducing an ‘opt-out’ system. Under current rules in England, a person who has died can only be an organ donor if they have agreed to it when they were alive, usually by … Read More

Jewish sexual ethics for the 21st century

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 31 December 2017 The Jewish Chronicle Understanding the Torah can help us find a contemporary code of sexual ethics Sexual harassment has been in the news in the past few weeks, and the #MeToo campaign in social media has revealed just how widespread it is. Of … Read More

[Blog] My gap year volunteering in Calais

Jessica Baker, LJY-Netzer member 7 December 2017 I’m watching the sun rise as we drive to the warehouse. I’m measuring 3.5 litres of oil into eight huge pots to start the process of cooking 160kg of rice. I’m crying as I watch two small boys play in a carpark. I’m … Read More

A year on from the Calais Jungle

24 October 2017 The Jewish News Imagine being your 14-year-old self again. Imagine being alone, frightened, sleeping rough. Imagine being hit by pepper spray from riot police. Now look at your own children, your nephews and nieces, your friends’ children. Imagine them suffering the same abuse. Unimaginable? Not for hundreds … Read More

[Blog] Celebrating the High Holy Days as a community

Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein 19 September 2017 As Liberal Jews around the UK prepare for our High Holy Days, this is a time for reflection. Mine begin by looking back to the summer and a holiday we enjoyed in Gozo, Malta – a beautiful island where the towns and villages … Read More

[Blog] Antisemitism must not come to define us

Rabbi Charley Baginsky 13 September 2017 The latest study from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research – with its headline statistic that more than a quarter of British people hold at least one antisemitic view – is already causing a stir. Antisemitism has preoccupied our British Jewish community for quite … Read More

Blog: A window into the wonderful world of Kadimah

Robin Moss, Liberal Judaism Officer for Youth and Education 25 August 2017 I’ve just spent the weekend on Machaneh Kadimah, LJY-Netzer’s summer camp, now in its 70th year. Celebrating this special anniversary, this year’s Kadimah featured the largest gathering of young Liberal Jews in recent memory. While professionally, as Head … Read More

In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On

Alan Zimmerman 14 August 2017 www.reformjudaism.org At Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, we are deeply grateful for the support and prayers of the broader Reform Jewish community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Heather Heyer and the two Virginia State Police officers, H. Jay Cullen and … Read More

Changing the conversation on Israel/Palestine

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 3 July 2017 The below address was delivered by Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah at a meeting entitled ‘The left, Israel/Palestine and anti-Semitism: changing the conversation’. Elli was part of a three-person panel, which also featured Julia Bard of the Jewish Socialist Group and Dr Brian Klug, … Read More