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Can your community win the LJ Quiz?

8th August 2014

Calling all communities.

The Liberal Judaism Inter-Synagogue Quiz will be taking place on Sunday September 7, hosted Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS).

FPS invite your congregation to send a team to compete against other synagogues.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a full side as there also be some cross-community teams represented combined small congregations. The Emerging Leaders Network and Kadimah Alumni.

There will be light refreshments from 3.30pm, with the quiz starting at 4.15pm. Cream Tea will be served in the interval.

Rounds will be based on famous TV shows including Mastermind, Have I Got News For You, A Question of Sport, Horrible Histories and Tomorrow’s World.

The maximum number of adults per team is 8 and there will be a separate youth quiz too – so please bring the kids.

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Read Rabbi Danny Rich’s Pastoral Letter on Israel and Gaza

7th August 2014

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich has sent a Pastoral Letter to every member of a Liberal Judaism constituent community on Tisha B’Av 5774 and the 100th Anniversary of the declaration of Britain’s entry into the First World War.

After discussing the events of the past, Danny used the letter to break his silence on the recent flare up of tension and ultimately war between Hamas located in Gaza and the State of Israel.

You can read the full letter by clicking here.

In the letter, Danny writes: “In truth the reason I have been silent is because, like so many, I am conflicted.

“My friends and family in Israel tell me they are scared and will support their Government in ‘ending the threat of rockets’ but any decent human being is anguished by the death, destruction and humiliation inflicted on the Palestinians by Israeli armoury.

“In these circumstances it is hardly surprising that an estimated 90% of the Israeli population support its Government’s actions or that Hamas receives heroic press from Palestinians and others. Fear breeds hate and ignorance nurtures extremism.”

Danny concludes the letter by quoting Rabbi John Rayner: “It is not enough to pray for peace. We have to work for it: to challenge those who foster conflict and refute their propaganda; to ascertain and make known the truth, both when it confirms and when it runs counter to conventional views; to denounce injustice, not only when it is committed against us but also when it is committed against others; to defend human rights, not only our own but also theirs; to insist that peace requires sacrifice – of pride, or wealth, or territory; to practise and promote the way of moderation, compromise and reconciliation; and to build bridges of respect and understanding, trust and friendship, across the chasms that divide humanity.”

Read the full four page letter by clicking here.

Liberal Judaism to help Syrians resettle in UK

Jewish News, 29th July 2014

Liberal Judaism has said it wants to be part of a community plan to resettle 750 Syrian refugee families – one of the largest civilian resettlement programmes since the Kinderstransport.

The first families began arriving in March, as part of the Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme, and will continue to resettle over the next three years, as they flee fighting that has killed over 100,000 people.

Formal accommodation and social services will be provided by the state using EU funding, but groups allied to Citizens UK have pledged to offer “more human wraparound support”.

Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Danny Rich told Syrians: “We will stand with you. We in the Jewish community know the perils and indifference that people face in trying to find sanctuary.”

Read more here

A pledge to help refugees

Liberal Judaism Chief Executive Rabbi Danny Rich joined other community leaders at the Citizens UK Civil Society Summit to announce a Sanctuary Manifesto.

dannycitizensrefugeesSpeaking at the event, Danny pledged to support a call for the resettlement of more refugees, particularly from Syria, in solidarity with Nebal Istanbouly, a refugee from Syria who also spoke at the summit.

Danny was joined at the lectern by Canon Steven Saxby and Sahar al-Faifi, from the Muslim Council of Wales. Sam Gyimah, MP for East Surrey and Children's Minister, also addressed the Summit.

Danny said: "Nebal, we will stand with you. We in the Jewish community know the perils and indifference that people face in trying to find sanctuary.

"What will we do? We will act to help more Syrian refugees who cannot return home to be resettled in the UK. And we will also pledge to support them when they get here.

"We need to approach local councils up and down the country and ask them to pledge to accommodate 750 additional refugee families. Jews will be using the festival of Succot in October - when we build temporary shelters - as a hook for this campaign.  Perhaps Muslims could focus their efforts during Eid al Adha, and Christians at Christmas.

"Alone we are weak, but Christians, Muslims, Jews and people of no faith standing together would be unstoppable."

Statement from Jewish community leaders on the situation in Israel and Gaza

We the undersigned representatives of different denominations within the British Jewish community make the following statement on the current situation in Israel and Gaza:

"In these painful times we regret the loss of all innocent life. Our thoughts are with all those who grieve and we fervently pray that we soon see a just and lasting peace for all in the region."

Rabbi Danny Rich
(Chief Executive, Liberal Judaism)

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
(Senior Rabbi, Masorti Judaism)

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner
(Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism)

Lucian Hudson
(Chair, Liberal Judaism)

Clive Sheldon QC, Nick Gendler
(Co-Chairs, Masorti Judaism)

Robert Weiner
(Chair, Movement for Reform Judaism)

David Dangoor
(Chair, Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation)

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