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Spoilt for Choice? Day of Celebration Programme Released

May 16 2013

Have you ever wished for more hours in the day? Or wished that there were two of you?

You’ll certainly be wishing you had a doppelganger when you see the newly released programme for Liberal Judaism’s Day of Celebration in Birmingham on Sunday 9th June. Structured around four essential tracks: parenting, study, art & music and community, the programme gives you a choice of two sessions to attend over the course of the day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There will of course be plenty of time to schmooze at lunch and to compare notes with people who’ve attended different sessions.

There are a total of 21 sessions to choose from. Yes, 21 – of which you can choose two. With highlights ranging from mixed faith parenting, Torah chanting, Israel, justice, PR, and full-body prayer, you will have a very hard time choosing which sessions to attend. We are sorry to put you in such a difficult position!

The day will also see the launch of Liberal Judaism’s new Resource Bank – your new one-stop shop for all your congregational needs.

If you’d like to find out more about what a day spent immersed in the wisdom of your favourite Liberal rabbis and other Jewish experts would be like, why not download the full programme here and start deciding today.

Worried that you've missed out?  It's not too late, click here to book your place.

 
First Mixed Faith Jewish Burials to be Allowed in Wessex

May 14 2013

30 people from Wessex Liberal Jewish Community attended the consecration of the community’s new cemetery space in Kinson, Bournemouth, on Sunday 12th May. The plots are the first in Wessex ever to permit non-Jews to be buried alongside their Jewish partners. The cemetery provision was secured thanks to a unique partnership between Liberal Judaism and a local council.

Liberal Judaism’s chief executive, Rabbi Danny Rich, who officiated at the consecration, said: “After a Torah scroll and perhaps a rabbi, the next step that any Jewish community needs to take is to obtain a cemetery and it is a sign of the growing maturity and permanence of the Wessex Liberal Jewish Community that it can now offer its members and their partners a burial facility in accord with Liberal Jewish principles and practices”

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LJ Today needs you!

LJ Today, the bimonthly magazine sent to all members of Liberal Judaism, needs your help.

We’re looking for new members for our Editorial Board, who help the Editor decide on content for each issue and proof read the edition before it is sent out.

We also want people to provide content. As well as articles and photographs from your community – we’re looking for those who can compile puzzles to sit alongside our quiz and bridge problems. Maybe you can provide chess, Sudoku or crossword puzzles? If so then please do get in touch.

To get involved with LJ Today, please email the Editor, Simon Rothstein, on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Students tell Israel to stop Bedouin ‘eviction’

The JC
May 9 2013

Jewish youth and students in Britain have protested to Israeli leaders over a proposed Knesset bill to relocate Bedouin families who live in the Negev desert.

The Union of Jewish Students, the Progressive Zionist movement Pro Zion and four youth movements — Habonim, LJY-Netzer, RSY-Netzer and Noam Masorti — urged Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid to put a halt to the legislation.

In a letter, they wrote: “As Zionist organisations who care about the state of Israel, we cannot allow the expulsion of 40,000 Bedouin, and deny the Bedouin a fair opportunity to hold on to their ancestral lands.”

Israel’s image and standing in the world would be “significantly eroded” if the bill went ahead.

They called on the government to give official recognition to all existing Bedouin villages and accept land ownership claims made over the past 40 years.

“The Bedouin community constitutes 30 per cent of the Negev population, and their demands involve only 5.4 per cent of its land,” the groups stated.

“There has never been a fair process for examining their demands, and most of the land claims the government invited the Bedouin to submit in the 1970s were never processed, one way or the other.

“Evicting 40,000 people from their ancestral homes; cutting them off from their sources of income and destroying their social fabric and way of life will only increase problems.”

Sam Cohen, movement worker for the Liberal LJY-Netzer, said that all the signatories were members of the UK Task Force on Issues Relating to Arab Citizens of Israel.

“We all passionately believe in the Jewish homeland and believe that Israel should be a land which acts on Jewish principles of justice,” he said.

 
Liberals get bigger

The JC
May 6 2013

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich reported a three per cent rise in membership to the movement’s annual patrons dinner, held at the House of Lords.

For the third successive year, there was also the addition of a new community, this time North Herts Progressive.

In a first, the dinner was addressed by an Israeli ambassdor, Daniel Taub, and Rabbi Rich looked forward to “Liberal Jews and Liberal Judaism as an institution strengthening our ties with Israel further”. The movement now has 9,000 adult members and 2,000 children and young people.

 
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