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Prime Minister writes to Liberal chairman

15th April 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron has written to Liberal Judaism chairman Lucian J Hudson after the two met at 10 Downing Street.

Lucian was part of a delegation of leaders from community group Citizens UK, who held talks Mr Cameron at in February.

They discussed a range of issues of concern from the Living Wage to resettlement of refugees. Lucian also praised the Prime Minister’s work in setting up the Holocaust Commission to identify the best ways to commemorate and educate about the events of 70 years ago.

In an exchange of letters after the meeting, Mr Cameron wrote: “I am pleased that, as a result of the Commission’s work, Britain will have a National Memorial, a world class learning centre and an endowment fund to secure Holocaust education forever.”

The leadership of Liberal Judaism have been meeting with key figures in all the major British political parties in order to advance the movement's goals and projects.

One major success has been this week's manifesto commitment from the Labour Party to ban the indefinite detention of asylum and immigration applicants.

Lucian's Downing Street meeting has been covered in depth on the website of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC).

Read more here -> http://www.thejlc.org/2015/04/chair-of-liberal-judaism-lucian-hudson-holds-talks-with-prime-minister-david-cameron/

 
Rabbis visit to a detention centre for asylum seekers

15th April 2015

Rabbis Danny Rich and Alexandra Wright were part of a rabbinic team deeply moved by a visit to a detention centre for asylum seekers over Pesach.

The visit to the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre in Middlesex was jointly organised by Tzelem, the rabbinical call for social justice, and Jewish human rights charity Rene Cassin.

Alexandra, senior rabbi at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, spoke to The Jewish Chronicle afterwards to cite the case of a detainee who was due to be deported in weeks, but would be in danger if he returned to his home country.

She said: “After decades of civil war and human rights violations, there is a warrant for his arrest dating back to an anti-government protest in which he was involved.

“From the thick pile of papers in front of us, he pulled out his medical report; a body diagram showed injuries to both his knees where he had probably been beaten up or tortured.

“The promise of this young man’s life is darkened by unjust imprisonment and a daily diet of uncertainty about his future”.

Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre holds 615 male detainees in conditions comparable to a Category B prison.

Speaking to The Jewish News, Liberal Judaism chief executive Danny described the visit as “particularly poignant at Pesach, when we Jews celebrate freedom from oppression in Egypt.”

You can read the full stories at the link below:

The Jewish Chronicle - http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/133699/rabbi-almost-tears-over-asylum-seekers

Jewish News - http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/rabbi-almost-in-tears-during-pesach-visit-to-asylum-seekers-detention-centre/

 
Liberal chief executive chairs judging panel for Muslim News Awards

15th April 2015

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich recently chaired a panel of judges for the prestigious Muslim News Awards for Excellence.

Danny sat on the panel alongside the chairman of the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association Abubakar Mohamed Ali, activist Esmat Jeraj, educationalist Mahera Ruby and Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South.

He also presented the Iman wa Amal special award, which was won by the late Dr Muhammad Abdul Jabbar Beg.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence are Britain’s longest standing Muslim awards and recognise the very best of Muslim contribution to British society.

Others involved at this year’s ceremony included Labour leader Ed Miliband, Conservative Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, and the Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes MP, Minister of State for Justice & Civil Liberties.

 
Young Liberals praised by The Jewish News

13th April 2015

Gabriel Webber, Abigail Jacobi and Miriam Steiner were named by The Jewish News as three of the people set to "define Anglo Jewry in the decades to come".

LJY-Netzer bogeret (graduate) Miriam was ranked at 13 in the newspaper’s ’25 under 25’ list, while Liberal Judaism outreach co-ordinator Abigail was placed 11th. The paper praised Abigail’s work at Limmud, especially in making the conference accessible for participants with learning difficulties and other special needs.

LJY-Netzer movement worker Gabriel was named as the seventh most important young Jew in Britain. Noting his "uncompromising Liberal Zionism" and rhetorical skills, the paper praised Gabriel for successfully fighting for both Yachad’s inclusion at the Board of Deputies and the defeat of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) motion at the University of Sussex.

For more go to http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/the-countdown-concludes-twenty-five-under-25-our-top-10/

 
Compete in the Liberal Judaism 2015 Annual Inter-Synagogue Quiz

13th April 2015

IT’S one of the most hotly contested, and fun, events in the Liberal Judaism calendar and entries are now open for the 2015 Annual Inter-Synagogue Quiz.

Communities, groups and individuals are all invited to take part at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS), St John’s Wood Road, London, on Sunday May 17.

Tea will be available on arrival from 3pm and the quiz will start at 3.30pm. There will be a break for refreshments after the fourth of eight rounds. The quiz is expected to finish around 6pm.

Each community or group can enter one team of no more than eight people. But don’t worry if there’s only one or two of you, as smaller groups will be put together.

On street parking is available outside the LJS and in nearby streets.

For more information, and to confirm your attendance, please email Judith Diamond on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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