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LJY-Netzer Movement Worker Interviewed in Guatemala

June 11th 2013

LJY-Netzer, the youth movement of Liberal Judaism, has just announced that Tom Francies will be joining as a Movement Worker in July. At the time of the interview, Tom was in Guatemala volunteering at an animal sanctuary, and had to take the interview on the telephone. It was a feat of perseverance since he had to battle a powercut and very poor connections.

Tom's brother Adam, who served LJY-Netzer for two years, is now cycling from Los Angeles to New York solo, in aid of the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action.

Girl Funds Israel Tour by Playing Hava Nagila

June 11th 2013

When Miranda Robshaw of LJY-Netzer found she could not afford to go on the Liberal youth movement's Israel Tour this summer, she did not give up. Instead, she took up her fiddle and set off for Wanstead High Street where she managed to make over £100 a day by busking.

Miranda, who has been playing the violin since the age of 8, could not help but notice that donations increased when she played Hava Nagila. The rest of her repertoire included baroque classics from Bach and Hayden, amongst others.

Miranda: "My mother went to Israel last year and it changed her life. I heard about LJY-Netzer's Israel Tour and I knew I had to go. I was surprised by how much money I made. Knowing that my violin has paid for me to go to Israel just makes both the tour and my violin all the more precious.”

LJY-Netzer's Israel Tour is for 16-year-olds and runs from 9th July - 2nd August. You do not have to be a member of a Liberal Synagogue to join in the fun.

Letters: Same-sex marriage vote a momentous step towards equality

The Guardian
June 7th 2013

• Liberal Jews believe that all people were created in the image of God. Life has many challenges and love is the one warm harbour we can all hope to be anchored in. As a rabbi I am delighted with the peers' vote yesterday on equal marriage and am looking forward to celebrating the first fully Jewish and fully legal same-sex marriage under a Liberal Jewish marriage canopy.
Rabbi Aaron Goldstein
Liberal Judaism

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Liberal Rabbi Meets with Bombed Mosque Community

June 6th 2013

Finchley Progressive Synagogue’s Rabbi Rebecca Qassim Birk met today with the community of the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre in Muswell Hill, which was destroyed yesterday in an anti-Muslim attack. The meeting was hosted by New North London Synagogue’s Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, and was also attended by Rabbi David Mason of Muswell Hill United Synagogue. The rabbis offered support and solidarity to the Al-Rahma community.

Rabbi Birk spoke on behalf of everyone at Liberal Judaism, saying: “We are horrified and deeply saddened by the devastating attack on the  Al-Rahma Islamic Centre in Muswell hill. It was a despicable act of hatred and we the local Jewish community and Barnet residents stand with the Coppetts Road Muslim community in our sympathy, support and offers of practical help.”

Liberal Jews Greet Equal Marriage Vote with Elation

June 5 2013

Liberal Judaism has greeted last night’s House of Lords equal marriage vote with elation, after the motion to wreck the bill was defeated by a 242 majority.

Liberal Judaism was the first religious movement in the UK to publish official liturgy for same sex commitment ceremonies (2005), and has publicly fought for full equal marriage rights for years. Liberal rabbis hope that the peers’ vote yesterday will hasten the day when they can joyfully solemnise all marriages under Liberal Jewish auspices. The movement holds that a loving, monogamous relationship deserves to be sanctified and celebrated in front of family and friends, according to the tradition – religious or otherwise – of the couple in question.

Welcoming the vote, Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Aaron Goldstein said: “Liberal Jews believe that all people were created b’tselem Elohim – in the image of God. There are no exceptions to this rule. Life has many challenges and love is the one warm harbour we can all hope to be anchored in. We are now looking forward to celebrating the first fully legal and fully Jewish same sex marriage under a Liberal chuppah (Jewish marriage canopy).”

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