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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

Volunteer for Liberal Judaism’s Twilight People project

13th April 2015

Liberal Judaism is looking for volunteers for the movement’s ground-breaking new oral history project – Twilight People: Stories of Gender and Faith Beyond the Binary.

We are aiming to build and train a team, who will then record and showcase the stories and experiences of transgender and gender variant people of faith in the UK. This project is the very first of its kind in this country.

Throughout the project – which runs until summer 2016 – we’ll be offering a great number of opportunities to get involved. We are looking for oral history interviewers, archive researchers, transcribers, sound/video editors, video/photographers, admin support, exhibition curators, youth forum members, media/social media volunteers and many other roles.

We can offer you free, professional training for these roles and will also cover your out of pocket expenses, such as travel.

The next training day will take place on Sunday April 19 at Liberal Judaism’s head office - The Montagu Centre London, W1T 4BE. Alternative dates may be possible.

The volunteering period is a minimum of six months, although the amount of hours you wish to volunteer are negotiable, from a minimum of five overall days commitment. There are only limited places available


For further information or to apply please email project manager Surat-Shaan Knan via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Liberal Judaism on 020 7580 1663 during office hours.

For full details on this volunteering opportunity, and the training provided, please visit the brand new Twilight People website at http://www.twilightpeople.com

Interfaith manifesto calls for ‘ethical moral and fair’ policies for migrants

31st March 2015
The Jewish News

Jewish leaders have called on the next government to pursue “ethical, moral and fair policies towards migrants, asylum seekers and refugees” in an interfaith manifesto.

Asylum seekers who have been waiting for six months for their case to be heard should have the right to work in the UK, the faith leaders declare, and children should not be placed in detention centres.

The manifesto is an initiative of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), whose founder Edie Friedman said: “The responsibility to speak out for the rights of those who have no voice is a religious one. I am delighted so many faith leaders can say that the negative public debate is not taking place in their name.”

Over 50 leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Protestant, Catholic, Methodist, Quaker, Sikh and Buddhist communities have signed up to the manifesto, including representatives from Reform and Liberal Judaism and the Muslim Council of Britain.

Birthright is set to go Progressive

March 26th 2015

The Reform and Liberal movements are to host their first Israel tour with Birthright, open to those in their early to mid-twenties who have never been on an organised educational trip to the country.

Liberal Judaism young adult chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan was confident that the movements would fill the 40 places for the 10-day programme in August.

"We are expecting this to be a very popular trip. Participants will be able to see and consider Israel through Progressive eyes, so it will include experiences and visits that you wouldn't find on any other Birthright trip," she explained.

"It is also going to enable us to be a community together - praying Progressively, engaging with Judaism and learning."  Read more


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