Liberals attend Europe’s largest Jewish Muslim conference

26 April 2018 Liberal Jews from around the UK – including Rabbi Janet Burden and Student Rabbi Daniela Touati – were part of Europe’s largest Jewish Muslim conference, which was attended entirely by women. Hosted by Nisa-Nashim – Britain’s Jewish Muslim Women’s Network – the conference took place at the … Read More

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