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Rabbi goes hungry for good cause

The JC
May 2 2013

Rabbi Anna Gerrard is sick and tired of spaghetti and baked beans.

The minister of the Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish community is part of a Liberal Judaism Centre team who are taking part in this year’s Live Below the Poverty Line — the campaign which asks volunteers to spend only a pound a day on food for five days in order to raise awareness about extreme poverty.

The rabbi, who has been able to afford only starchy foods such as pasta, said the diet had left her deflated. “Even though I was feeling hungry most of the time, when I sat down to eat these anaemic dishes, I had no appetite for them.” She longed for fresh produce, she added.  Read more

Rabbi to highlight poverty by living on £1 a day

Ealing Gazette
May 1st 2013

A EALING rabbi is to live on just £1 a day in an attempt to raise awareness of global poverty.

Rabbi Janet Burden of Ealing Liberal Synagogue in Lynton Avenue, West Ealing will be joining hundreds of people around the country for the Live Below the Line challenge.

She will be raising money and awareness for anti-poverty initiatives carried out by Tzedek (Jewish Action for a Just World), which is a UK-based Jewish charity.

Rabbi Burden said: "One pound is the UK equivalent of the extreme poverty line. Living on so little will give us a glimpse into the challenges faced by the 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the line every day for everything - food, medical care, transport, education, everything."  Read more

Fascinating facts about Israel revealed during 65th birthday celebrations in South Woodford synagogue

Ilford Recorder
April 22 2013

More than 65 people, dressed in white and blue, attended the service held at Woodford Liberal Synagogue, Marlborough Road, South Woodford.

That Israel invented the world’s smallest video camera, developed a drug for multiple sclerosis and a new air defence system were some of the facts read out.

Bob Kamall, chairman of the synagogue, said: “It was a lovely celebration bringing all ages together to rejoice in Israel’s 65th birthday." Read more (with picture)


Synagogue celebrates Israel's 65th birthday

East London and West Essex Guardian 
April 22 2013

A rabbi reeled off a list of 65 facts about Israel – one for each year the country has been independent – to celebrate Yom Ha-atzmaut, Israel's birthday.

The congregation dressed in blue and white and waved Israeli flags during the special event at Woodford Liberal Synagogue in Marlborough Road, South Woodford.

The facts listed by Rabbi Richard Jacobi celebrated Israeli medical and technological achievements, including the invention of the world’s smallest video camera and the development of a drug to treat multiple sclerosis.

Visitors also enjoyed a craft session at the celebrations creating a map of Israel.

Bob Kamall, chairman of the synagogue, said: “It was a lovely celebration bringing all ages together to rejoice in Israel’s 65th birthday.”

Israeli Ambassador Addresses Liberal Judaism Patrons for First Time

April 25 2013

His Excellency Daniel Taub became the first ever Israeli ambassador to address Liberal Judaism’s annual patrons’ dinner, this time hosted by Lord Stanley Fink, at the House of Lords on Tuesday night. Ambassador Taub was introduced by former MP and current Liberal Judaism national officer, Gillian Merron, and spoke to a crowd of 126 patrons, movement representatives and rabbis. The ambassador gave a fascinating speech about the world’s obsession with Israel: the extraordinary frequency with which a country the size of Wales appears on the front covers of national newspapers.

Rabbi Danny Rich, the movement’s chief executive also gave a speech, in which he reported a 3% rise on Liberal Judaism’s membership numbers, as well as the affiliation of a new community – North Herts Progressive Jewish Community. 2013 is the third year in a row that Liberal Judaism has gained a new community. Addressing the ambassador, Rabbi Rich said: “Your Excellency, we look forward to Liberal Jews and Liberal Judaism as an institution strengthening our ties with Israel further, and working together to strengthen Jewish life and fulfil the mission of the Jewish people, both within the country you represent and in our own country, governed from this great city.”

The dinner was an opportunity to give thanks to Liberal Judaism’s generous patrons, to celebrate the movement’s achievements and lay out a vision for the coming year.

No More Arrests for Women at the Kotel

A Jerusalem court ruled today (Thursday) that women wearing tallitot, laying tefilin and praying at the Kotel are not in violation of the law.  Welcoming the ruling, Liberal Judaism’s chief executive, Rabbi Danny Rich, said:

“Finally - an end to the outrageous situation whereby Jewish women are arrested simply for the ‘crime’ of praying at Judaism’s holiest site. Liberal Judaism proclaims the equality of all people – not only before God but also before the law. We continue to pray for peace in Jerusalem: between Jews and Arabs, and between Jews and Jews.”

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