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Exam stress packs sent to Liberal students
Liberal Judaism has sent exam stress packs to more than 200 students on campuses around the UK.
Put together by Liberal Judaism’s student and young adult chaplain, Rabbi Leah Jordan (pictured), each pack contains an LJ Students ‘let it go’ foldaway frisbee, Time Out chocolate bar, Mentos mints and details of upcoming events of interest.
In a letter to students, Rabbi Leah wrote: “Spring is truly here! If you’re at university and exams are coming up, hopefully there are some spots of sunshine wherever you are.
“If you’re away from home and exam-free, make sure to head outdoors and enjoy the weather.
“We’ve got an LJ Students frisbee for you so that hopefully you can take advantage of any free time to ‘let it go’ between revision sessions, as well as chocolate bars to take some ‘time out’ and mints to nosh in the exams themselves to get you through.”

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Israel trip will be politically and religiously Progressive
When Liberal Judaism and the Movement for Reform Judaism teamed up to launch the first ever Progressive UJIA Birthright trip, many people asked me how it was different.
Like other Birthright trips it is FREE to those aged 20-26, who have not already been on an organised educational visit to Israel. It will take in the highlights of the country – from ancient sites to modern cities. Plus there will be all the fun that comes with taking a group of young adults to Israel in the summer.
However this Progressive trip, which takes place from August 15-25, also has some key differences. Chiefly, that it will be politically and religiously Progressive.
Politically, we will be doing things with Yachad and other likeminded charities working towards peace and a two-state solution. We will be going out with Machsom Watch, which goes to West Bank checkpoints and see how things work on the ground. And we will take an in-depth look at the political situation in Israel and, sadly, how right wing it has become.
Religiously, we’ll be going to Beit Daniel, in Tel Aviv, which is the country’s biggest Progressive synagogue. We’ll also go to the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), which is the political arm of the Progressive movement in Israel that does all kinds of great work for pluralism.
Usually you would go to Israel and meet Orthodox Israelis and secular Israelis. The key part of this trip is that it pays attention to that growing middle of Israeli Progressive Judaism.
If you want to find out more about pluralist, diverse and Progressive Judaism, and get excited about Israel, then this is the Birthright trip for you.
Email me today on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details on how to start a journey that you will never forget.
  • Rabbi Leah Jordan is Liberal Judaism’s Student and Young Adult Chaplain. This trip is a gift from Taglit-Birthright Israel.
Prime Minister writes to Liberal chairman

15th April 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron has written to Liberal Judaism chairman Lucian J Hudson after the two met at 10 Downing Street.

Lucian was part of a delegation of leaders from community group Citizens UK, who held talks Mr Cameron at in February.

They discussed a range of issues of concern from the Living Wage to resettlement of refugees. Lucian also praised the Prime Minister’s work in setting up the Holocaust Commission to identify the best ways to commemorate and educate about the events of 70 years ago.

In an exchange of letters after the meeting, Mr Cameron wrote: “I am pleased that, as a result of the Commission’s work, Britain will have a National Memorial, a world class learning centre and an endowment fund to secure Holocaust education forever.”

The leadership of Liberal Judaism have been meeting with key figures in all the major British political parties in order to advance the movement's goals and projects.

One major success has been this week's manifesto commitment from the Labour Party to ban the indefinite detention of asylum and immigration applicants.

Lucian's Downing Street meeting has been covered in depth on the website of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC).

Read more here -> http://www.thejlc.org/2015/04/chair-of-liberal-judaism-lucian-hudson-holds-talks-with-prime-minister-david-cameron/

Rabbis visit to a detention centre for asylum seekers

15th April 2015

Rabbis Danny Rich and Alexandra Wright were part of a rabbinic team deeply moved by a visit to a detention centre for asylum seekers over Pesach.

The visit to the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre in Middlesex was jointly organised by Tzelem, the rabbinical call for social justice, and Jewish human rights charity Rene Cassin.

Alexandra, senior rabbi at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, spoke to The Jewish Chronicle afterwards to cite the case of a detainee who was due to be deported in weeks, but would be in danger if he returned to his home country.

She said: “After decades of civil war and human rights violations, there is a warrant for his arrest dating back to an anti-government protest in which he was involved.

“From the thick pile of papers in front of us, he pulled out his medical report; a body diagram showed injuries to both his knees where he had probably been beaten up or tortured.

“The promise of this young man’s life is darkened by unjust imprisonment and a daily diet of uncertainty about his future”.

Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre holds 615 male detainees in conditions comparable to a Category B prison.

Speaking to The Jewish News, Liberal Judaism chief executive Danny described the visit as “particularly poignant at Pesach, when we Jews celebrate freedom from oppression in Egypt.”

You can read the full stories at the link below:

The Jewish Chronicle - http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/133699/rabbi-almost-tears-over-asylum-seekers

Jewish News - http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/rabbi-almost-in-tears-during-pesach-visit-to-asylum-seekers-detention-centre/

Liberal chief executive chairs judging panel for Muslim News Awards

15th April 2015

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich recently chaired a panel of judges for the prestigious Muslim News Awards for Excellence.

Danny sat on the panel alongside the chairman of the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association Abubakar Mohamed Ali, activist Esmat Jeraj, educationalist Mahera Ruby and Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South.

He also presented the Iman wa Amal special award, which was won by the late Dr Muhammad Abdul Jabbar Beg.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence are Britain’s longest standing Muslim awards and recognise the very best of Muslim contribution to British society.

Others involved at this year’s ceremony included Labour leader Ed Miliband, Conservative Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, and the Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes MP, Minister of State for Justice & Civil Liberties.

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