Ealing fun day raises £5,425 for SLLS refugee project

17 July 2017 The community at Ealing Liberal Synagogue (ELS) raised £5,425 at a special fun day event, with the money going to the Abraham’s Tent Project to turn part of South London Liberal Synagogue into a home for a refugee family. The fun day included everything from a bake … Read More

We must help child refugees find their families

23 April 2016 The Telegraph Sir – We were shocked by the entirely preventable death of Muhammad Hassan, a 17-year-old asylum-seeker. He died on April 1 while trying to reach his uncle in Manchester. Despite having a legal right to join his family while his asylum claim was processed, he … Read More

Parashat Shemini 5776

This coming August, it will be 14 years since I stood on the bimah of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue as my dear friend and colleague, Rabbi Erlene Wahlhaus, gave me s’michah, my rabbinic ordination. She drew me close as we stood before the Ark, reaching up to take my head … Read More

Shabbat – the Heart of Jewish Life

Rabbi Janet Burden 14 December 2006 The New Statesman The rabbi explains the sabbath – a day of rest and worship Ethical monotheism is indisputably the foundation of Judaism, its intellectual core. No matter how pure and grand that concept is, however, I do not believe that it alone would … Read More

Jewish Beliefs and Practice

Rabbi Janet Burden 13 December 2006 The New Statesman   What Jews believe and how the rules of Judaism get applied in practice.   Having been invited to write these pieces as a religious Jew, you may be wondering why I have said so little about Jewish beliefs in my … Read More

Reflections on Jewish Identity

Rabbi Janet Burden 12 December 2006 The New Statesman How Jews are not simply a race or a religion – they are an extended family with all that implies. The word used for people who change their religions is ‘convert.’ I prefer the term ‘Jew-by-choice’ to describe my own identity. … Read More