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Special offer on Liberal Haggadah

With Passover only a month away, you can now buy six Liberal Judaism Haggadah for the price of five.

The Haggadah b'chol dor va-dor offers several options for conducting a Seder, both at home or in a communal setting. There are all the traditional elements of the service, as well as the opportunity to supplement these with additional study passages, poems, songs and readings.

For families with younger children, a shorter, child-centred version of the Seder can be found at the other end of the Haggadah, ensuring that this new book will fulfil the biblical requirement to transmit the story of Pesach from generation to generation.

You can order your copies today by going to http://liberaljudaism.org/written-word-resources/shop.html

For every five copies you order, we will add an extra copy. There's no need to add this to the basket.

If you would prefer to order by phone, please call 020 7580 1663.

Nominations open for JVN Volunteering Awards 2015

Nominations for the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) Volunteering Awards 2015 are now open.

The ceremony, to be held on Monday 7 September, will celebrate the achievements of the volunteers who enable our charities and organisations to provide an excellent service to all community members who need them.

JVN needs you to nominate the people you think are deserving of special recognition for their volunteering.

For criteria and submissions, go to http://www.jvn.org.uk/awards-nominations-2015.php

Categories include individual, team, synagogue, overseas, youth and adult awards.

Rabbi Rich speaks out on anniversary of Syria conflict

Speaking on behalf of Citizens UK about the efforts of the Government to resettle Syrian refugees and calling on them to do more in the face of humanitarian crisis, Rabbi Danny Rich has been quoted in a powerful story on the anniversary of the beginning of the Syria conflict. 

To read the full article, click here

Liberal Judaism sends Purim packs to students

5th March 2015

Liberal Judaism has sent Purim packs to its student members for the very first time.

With Passover clashing with the Easter holidays this year, the Purim goodies are replacing Liberal Judaism’s annual Pesach packs. They have been sent to more than 150 Liberal Jewish students across 30 UK campuses, as well as each university’s Jewish Society.

Each pack contains two self-craft masks, a grogger (noisemaker), hamantaschen recipe, multi-coloured sweets and some learning about the festival.

They were put together by Liberal Judaism’s student and young adult chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan and youth movement LJY-Netzer.

purim2015Rabbi Leah said: “These packs are very colourful and fun – with masks that can be worn to any sort of fancy dress party, so our students can celebrate Purim wherever they are. 

“There’s also going to be a big joint Liberal and Reform Judaism fancy dress Purim party onthe evening of Saturday March 7 in Tufnell Park, London.

 “This new initiative is another way for Liberal Judaism to keep in touch with our students, and our students to keep in touch with their Judaism."


The Purim packs were funded by a grant from the NLPS Trust for Progressive Judaism.

Liberal Judaism Chair tells PM “Diversity of our communities is our strength”

2nd March 2015

Lucian Hudson, Chair of Liberal Judaism, joined a delegation of leaders from community group, Citizens UK - of which Liberal Judaism in an active member – to hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron last week (Thursday 26 February)


Hudson, who was present in his capacity as Chair of the Milton Keynes Leadership Group of Citizens UK where he works as Director of Communication for the Open University, said:

“The real strength of Citizens UK's work with faith communities is that the organisation engages not solely with the aim of interfaith dialogue - which can often involve the same individuals and groups talking to each other - but to drive social action.

“As a result, faith communities are drawn to lobby ‘side by side’ to achieve common goals as in this case. Over time, diverse groups that might not otherwise ever encounter one another begin to identify shared values and beliefs.  This in turn becomes a source of strength and a means of enhancing social cohesion.”

Hudson also praised the Prime Minister’s work in setting up the Holocaust Commission last year to identify the best ways to commemorate and educate about the events of seventy years ago.  He told David Cameron:

“I congratulate you on your commitment to Holocaust education.  In particular, I welcome your acceptance of, and financial support for, the Commission’s recommendations to establish a new National Memorial and world-class Learning Centre to commemorate and educate about the Holocaust.

The Chair of Trustees, Jewish Leadership Council, Mick Davis, led the Holocaust Commission, which was tasked with establishing what more Britain must do to ensure that the memory of the Holocaust is preserved and that the lessons it teaches are never forgotten.

Lucian Hudson was a member of a two-dozen strong delegation from Citizens UK, which met with the Prime Minister to discuss a range of issues of concern to the social action organisation, which has been at the forefront of promoting the Living Wage.

Liberal Judaism was the first synagogal movement in the UK to receive official accreditation as a Living Wage employer and its communities, rabbis and members frequently lobby Government and others to pay a Living Wage.  In 2014, Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich, of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue led a Citizens’ team in successful negotiations with Nottingham City Council, which saw the council become a Living Wage employer.

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