Special offer: 15% off all Liberal Judaism books

30 June 2017 To celebrate the re-opening of the Montagu Centre, Liberal Judaism’s London head office, we are offering 15% off all books bought through our online shop. To take advantage of this offer, just enter 15%OFF into the ‘coupon code’ box when checking out then press the button that … Read More

Ten-year-old shofar blower answers Elstree shul’s SOS

21 October 2016 The Jewish Chronicle When The Liberal Synagogue Elstree’s regular shofar blower was unavailable, Rabbi Pete Tobias asked: “Is there a blower in the house? Everyone shook their heads and I thought we were in trouble.” But 10-year-old Tia Boulton stepped into the breach, having been volunteered by … Read More

Liberal rabbis take lead on refugees

Citizens UK deliver letter at Home Office

6 September 2016 Liberal rabbis have been at the forefront of a campaign to speed up the arrival of lone refugee children to the UK – visiting Calais, holding a memorial event at the Home Office and delivering a letter to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd. Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, … Read More

Parashat Chukkat 5776

The latter two of the three chapters that make up this week’s Torah portion of Chukkat contain a series of troubling episodes that seem destined to offer nothing but trouble to our ancestors on their journey through the wilderness. In no particular order they are as follows. The people are … Read More

Liberal Judaism Biennial Weekend report

4 July 2016 Liberal Judaism promises ‘to keep pace with modernity’ with discussion on new siddur and innovative services at Biennial Nearly 300 Liberal Jews, from 39 different communities, saw a confident movement looking to the future at the Liberal Judaism Biennial Weekend. The conference included themed services covering the … Read More

[Sermon] Two thousand years of Jewish prayer in two hours

Rabbi Pete Tobias 2 July 2016 Liberal Judaism biennial conferences have a reputation of being rather breathless and exciting, but I think the opportunity to encounter more than two thousand years’ worth of how our people have prayed through the ages adds a new dimension to that. I hope you … Read More

[Sermon] It’s all about trust

Rabbi Pete Tobias 18 May 2016 This past week I have been feeling particularly anxious. It’s a common feature of my life; according to my therapist it has to do with issues of trust and confidence. When it gets particularly bad, as it has done in these past few days, … 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