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Movement Work – the future is yours

April 2 2013

What would your life look like without LJY-Netzer*?

Thanks to Graham Carpenter and Bethany Stone, future generations of young people won’t have to find out. Graham and Bethany have stepped up – and been selected – to serve as Movement Workers in 5773-4 (2013-14). The good news is that there is still a space for the right candidate to join this life-changing team. Yes, that’s right. You could be PAID to CHANGE LIVES.

How many 22-year-olds do you know that get to be director of a national charity? How many young people do you know who get to gain proven career-enhancing skills while having fun? How about getting paid to make the world a better place? What are you waiting for? Pick up that phone thingy and call Shelley on 020 7580 1663 or pick up that same phone thingy and email her on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . She’ll give you a pack that you’ll need to return before the end of April or it will be too late – NO EXCEPTIONS - and you will have no choice but to join hundreds of thousands of young graduates and become the nameless pawn of yet another multinational corporation. Only kidding. Sort of. Yep.

So who would you be working with?

Graham is a music maven and soon-to-be Music Technology graduate who hails originally from the not-very-Jewish town of Reading. Glamorous, he is. A self-confessed oldie in the eyes of the movement (he’s almost 22! ), Graham says he’s joining the team because he’s just not ready to say goodbye to all the great experiences he’s had courtesy of LJY. He’s planning to bring his unique musical vibes and expertise to the post, particularly to breathe fresh ruach (spirit) into the movement’s legendary song-leading sessions. While Graham is all about revving up the Liberal Jewish soul, Bethany the budding psychologist is all about inspiring the Liberal Jewish mind – continuing the success and sheer impact of the movement le dor vador (from generation to generation). Bethany says that movement work is about embracing the ideology of youth empowerment by training leaders and promoting informed decision making. Together, Bethany and Graham represent an exciting new recipe for LJY-Netzer, and it has never been a better time to step up to the challenge of movement work.

You are not obliged to complete the work, neither are you free to desist from it.

The future is yours to shape. Do it. Now.

*LJY-Netzer is the youth movement of Liberal Judaism and provides amazing events (including residential camps) and informal education for young people aged 8 – 23.

A special seder in Weymouth

Lord Mendoza’s wish to see a thriving Jewish community in the seaside town of Weymouth takes a giant step forward when he will host a communal seder in his guest house.

Rabbi Pete Tobias will be leading the Seder on the first night of Pesach, Monday 25th March, using the Liberal Judaism Haggadah b'Chol Dor va-Dor. 

Details of the Seder are available from Lord Mendoza on 07518 048613 or Rabbi Pete Tobias.

Rabbi Danny Rich Among 100 of the Best Leaders in the Commonwealth

20 March 2013

Liberal Judaism’s chief executive, Rabbi Danny Rich, is this week taking part in the CSCLeaders conference.  Participants are 100 of the brightest, best and most senior leaders drawn from governments, businesses and NGOs across the 54 countries of the Commonwealth.  Originally set up in 1956 by the Duke of Edinburgh to take an unprecedented view of the global talent marketplace, this annual conference has been renewed by international leadership development organisation Common Purpose.

Visiting London, Belfast and Oxford, Rabbi Danny Rich will be exploring with his fellow participants a challenge that has particular resonance for Judaism, namely “how do people from communities which have spread across the world become the bridge-makers in the global networks of the future?”

Vanessa Emmett, Project Director, CSCLeaders, said: “The CSCLeaders participant group is so diverse, representing more than 25 different Commonwealth countries with an incredible range of backgrounds and experience. It was important to the Selection Group that as many of the different religions of the Commonwealth as possible be represented and we were delighted to receive Rabbi Danny Rich’s application.”

Rabbi Danny Rich said: “This is a unique learning opportunity and I hope that with my particular experience in interfaith matters I will also have something to contribute as well as to gain.”

The Commonwealth is a community of equals that spans 54 countries, six continents, and contains one third of the world’s population.


How to Grow Your Community

20 March 2013

Have you ever wondered how to attract more members? How about new ways to further engage the members you already have? Those three-times-a-year attendees to whom you want to give so much more. Those Jews (and their friends) who may be unaffiliated, or perhaps dissatisfied with their current shul. We know they are out there, but how do we reach them?

Liberal Judaism’s FREE seminar on 7th April will give you new ideas and tools to help you reach the people whom you know would benefit from what your community has to offer. “Reaching Out and Reaching In” is run by Liberal Judaism’s outreach director and is enriched with sessions from Liberal Jews who are highly experienced in the field of  community growth. This seminar is about real, practical ideas that you can put into practice straightaway.

11am – 4pm at The Montagu Centre, 21 Maple Street, London, W1T 4BE. Suggested £5 donation towards lunch. This seminar is free to members of Liberal Judaism communities. For further information on sessions, please click here.  You can contact Alex Wakely to book on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 020 7580 1663.

Pride in Baalei Tefillah

March 11 2013
The JC

by Rabbi Aaron Goldstein

This Shabbat, our 3 newest Graduates of Liberal Judaism's Baalei Tefillah (lay readers) programme, Lily Aarons, Stephen Herman and Leo Hodes led our Civic Service at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, They were presented their graduation certificates by Lucian Hudson and Rabbi Danny Rich, chairman and chied executive of Liberal Judaism. Following is the D'var Torah delivered by Leo:


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