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Liberal Judaism in the news

Liberal Judaism has been making the news over the last month, with features in the Jewish, national and international press.

You can view some of our favourite press cuttings below:

Liberal Judaism’s rabbis and officers are regularly featured in the Jewish News’ new Progressive Judaism section - http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/category/judaism/progressive-judaism-judaism/

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich wrote a column for The Big Issue on supporting Syrian refugees - http://www.bigissue.com/features/soapbox/4449/liberal-judaism-and-citizens-uk-refugees-make-a-tremendous-contribution-to

The Sunday Mirror also covered the Syrian refugee campaign, which Liberal Judaism is running alongside Citizens UK and other religious groups - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/syrian-refugee-crisis-unites-jews-4335000

Stephen Fry’s donation to Rainbow Jews was picked up by Haaretz in Israel - http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.620941

The generous donation also made i24 international news - http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/europe/47482-141016-stephen-fry-helps-perpetuate-histories-of-british-lgbt-jews

Finally, the Jewish Chronicle’s Community section have run a number of stories, including on our congregations in York and Norwich - http://www.thejc.com/community

Rabbi Danny Rich to speak at Cutting Edge Consortium Conference

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich will be speaking alongside Lord Michael Cashman, Tina Beardsley, Peter Tatchell and many more important guests at a major upcoming LGBT conference.

The Cutting Edge Consortium is holding its 2014 Conference on Saturday November 1 with the theme of ‘equality and religious freedom in a changing world’.

The event will take place from 10am to 5pm, with registration from 9.30am, at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL.

For more information, pricing details and to register for the conference go to www.cuttingedgeconsortium.co.uk or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There will be two plenary sessions, one focusing on the international context of faith based homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and the other focusing on the changing nature of LGBT activism in the UK.

There will also have a panel session on the current political situation for LGBT rights in the UK and worldwide. Speakers will include prominent LGBT campaigners, trade unionists, lawyers and academics as well as politicians and representatives from faith communities. Workshop discussions will also be held on a variety of topics.

The aim of the Cutting Edge Consortium is to eliminate faith based homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and the 2014 Conference will bring together a diversity of activists campaigning for this end.

Midlands Shabbaton Programme Announced

It is with mounting excitement that the Liberal Judaism Midlands Shabbaton Team are able to release the programme for this important regional event, taking place on Saturday 15th November 2015.

Highlights of the programme include services and sessions run by Liberal Judaism's Midlands rabbinic team - Rabbis Margaret Jacobi, Tanya Sakhnovich & Mark Solomon, a concert and singing workshop from the dynamic duo of Cantor Gershon Silins & Dean Staker and a panel discussion on the week's parasha chaired by Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism.

To view the full programme, please click here. The event will also have a full parallel youth programme, run by our LJY-Netzer movement work team.

The cost For more information, please contact Abigail Jacobi at the Liberal Judaism office by either phone (020 7631 9829) or email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Alternatively, you can book online using a simple form at www.tinyurl.com/shabbatonmidlands.

Council offers haven to 50 Syrians after Succot refugee campaign

The JC
October 14th 2014

A London council has agreed to offer sanctuary to 50 Syrian refugees in response to a Succot-themed interfaith project.

The leader of Kingston Council, Kevin Davis, agreed to the request after 70 people, including faith leaders, called on the local authority to show compassion to refugees in UN camps in war zone areas like Syria.

Kevin Davis said, “I will support your campaign and work with you to find ways to resettle vulnerable families. We can’t do everything, but this small thing we can. I will also ask leaders of other local councils to join me in working with your campaign.”

Rabbi Charley Baginsky, of Kingston Liberal Synagogue, Rabbi Danny Rich CEO of Liberal Judaism, and Dr Sarah Mehdi of the Surrey Islamic Centre were involved in the project, organised by community campaigning group Citizens UK.  Read more

Rabbis in Succot initiative to settle refugees in the UK

The JC
7th October 2014

Rabbis, bishops and imams are joining together on Succot to call on British local authorities to provide shelter to refugees living in warzones.

Citizens UK – a community campaigning group – is working with faith leaders on their “Season of sanctuary” project, which aims to persuade 15 councils to house refugees currently living in UN refugee camps in countries such as Iraq and Syria.

They hope to offer sanctuary to 50 more people every year.

Over Succot – a festival when Jews remember the time when they were refugees wandering in the desert - events will be held in synagogues and succahs in the boroughs of Lambeth and Redbridge, in London, to campaign for councillors to sign up to the scheme.

South London Liberal Synagogue is building a succah in Brixton, in Lambeth. Rabbi Janet Darley will be joined by two church representatives to speak on the borough’s long history of migration, and will ask local councellor Saleha Jaffer to find home for 15 families from UN refugee camps.

In Bet Tikvah Synagogue’s succah, in Redbridge, Liberal Judaism’s national executive director Rabbi Danny Rich will lead a talk in front of leader of councellor Jas Athwal, along with Bet Tikvah rabbi David Hulbert, Father Brian McGrath of Saint Thomas of Canterbury Church and a group of young Eritrean refugees.

Rabbi Danny Rich said: “United, we are offering our support to these councils as we ask them to do the right thing and help a small number of people who are in the most desperate of situations through no fault of their own. Together we promise to aid and welcome the refugees.  Read more

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