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Day of Celebration live stream

Can't make it to Liberal Judaism's Day of Celebration on Sunday 7 June? You can still follow all the action via Liberal Judaism's first ever live stream! Watch Rabbi Miri Gold in conversation with Rabbi Danny Rich from 10.45am, then the LAFTAs and closing ceremony from 3.15pm. To access the live stream, visit this page - no sign up or password will be required on the day. If you have problems accessing the live stream please click here or tweet us @liberaljudaism. If we can't see you at the LJS, we hope to see you online!

Liberal leaders preview Day of Celebration

We are less than ONE WEEK away from the biggest event of the Liberal Jewish year - the Day of Celebration!

Taking place at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue on Sunday June 7, Liberal Jews from all over the country will come together to discuss, debate, learn and hear from inspiring keynote speakers.

The full Day of Celebration programme can be viewed here. Please note that you will receive a paper copy of this at the event. 

Tickets are still available and can be booked via http://tinyurl.com/LJDOC2015

Below, Liberal Judaism’s Chief Executive and Chair introduce the event.


From Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism:
The Day of Celebration 2015 is Liberal Judaism’s biggest event of the year taking place in the home of our founding and largest congregation, The Liberal Jewish Synagogue. I am proud that we will be joined by members from almost all of Liberal Judaism’s 40 communities.
The theme of this year’s event is exploring the Liberal Jewish relationship with Israel. I know from meeting members and speaking in communities, up and down the country, that there is no uniform opinion on Israel in our Movement.
Some think about Israel every day; others not at all. I hear from those who marvel at Israel's achievements, and those who are increasingly worried about the direction the Government of Israel is taking.
Whatever your views, Liberal Judaism’s Day of Celebration has something for everyone – from fascinating conversation to a chance to hear guest speakers from Israel including Rabbi Miri Gold, Reut Michaeli and Anat Hoffman, as well as a full parallel programme and LAFTAs award ceremony for our youth.
And while Israel is an important topic discussion, this day is about so much more than that. It is about our successes, our growth and, above all else, our Liberal Judaism. So please take this opportunity to come together and celebrate as one Liberal community.
From Lucian J Hudson, Chair of Liberal Judaism:
This is my final Day of Celebration as Chair of Liberal Judaism but I doubt it will be my last.
The event is a unique opportunity for us as a community to engage with the central issues of Jewish identity and apply liberal values of critical thinking to them. In no respect is this task more necessary than in the context of our relationship as Liberal Jews with Israel.
It is a land of contradictions: beautiful yet uncomfortable, welcoming yet too easily divided, fiercely religious and assertively secular.
Too often Jews are afraid to face up to such contradictions, instead retreating into one dimensional stereotypes, but that is not the liberal way. We reject simple sloganising or apportioning of blame. We are prepared to embrace the contradictions and struggle with Israel’s complex political, social and religious problems.
But to fully engage we must do so from a position of knowledge. The better informed we are the more Liberal Judaism has to offer.

Learn more about Israel’s relationship with its refugees
Liberal Judaism is proud to welcome Reut Michaeli, the Executive Director of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, to the UK.
Our members will be able to hear from Reut as part of Liberal Judaism’s Day of Celebration 2015, which is focused around exploring our relationship with Israel, as well as two special events within our communities.
Reut will be presenting on the Jewish values involved in helping us understand Israel's relationship with its refugees.
Her full schedule is below:
Date: Friday 5 June
Location: Kingston Liberal Synagogue
Time: 6:30 - 9pm
Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a Chavurah supper, presentation and discussion.
Date: Saturday 6 June
Location: Southgate Progressive Synagogue
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Coffee morning with presentation and discussion, followed by Shacharit service.
Date: Sunday 7 June
Location: Liberal Judaism Day of Celebration, Liberal Jewish Synagogue.
Reut will be speaking more generally about the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants’ work.

Young Liberals celebrated at Jewish News event

jn_25under25Four young Liberal Jews were honoured at The Jewish News’ Twenty-Five Under 25 and Forty-Under 40 celebration reception.

The event was hosted by Facebook’s Nicola Mendelsohn, at Facebook’s London HQ, with guests including Luciana Berger MP and Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer.

Miriam Steiner, Gabriel Webber, Abigail Jacobi and Robin Moss – pictured here at the event with Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich – were all recently named by the newspaper as among the most influential young Jews in the country.

LJ chief executive to answer ‘Any Questions’

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich will take part in an Any Questions evening on behalf of the British Friends of the Hebrew University (BFHU).

The event is, which is in aid of the BFHU Women's Group fundraising project for scholarship support at the Hebrew University, takes place on Sunday June 21 in NW8.

It will be chaired by The Rt Hon Prof Sir Bernard Rix, a former judge of the High Court of Justice and Lord Justice of Appeal. Danny will be joined on the panel by renowned academic, barrister and bioethicist Baroness Deech, writer and broadcaster Michael Freedland and Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, an academic expert on human rights, political reform and corruption.

Tickets cost £25 and include food. Supper takes place from 7-8pm, with the evening ending around 10.30pm.

For further details and to book call Alison Baker/BFHU on 020 8349 5757 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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