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Board of Deputies new chief executive revealed

May 7th 2014
The JC

The Board of Deputies has appointed former Labour minister Gillian Merron as its new chief executive.

Ms Merron, 55, who served as the MP for Lincoln for 13 years until she lost her seat in the 2010 election, joined the board of Liberal Judaism two years ago and was appointed a vice-president of the Jewish Leadership Council last year.

Her arrival in July will give the Board an experienced politician at its helm with an insider’s knowledge of government. She was a health minister in 2009-10, after previous roles as under-secretary in the Department of International Development and the Foreign Office.

She said: "It is an honour to have this opportunity to serve our community in such a key role. I am proud to be on my own Jewish journey, taking up the exciting challenge of working with the Board to defend and promote the interests of the Jewish community."  Read more

 
Biennial Programme Goes Live!

Biennial Conference 2014 is almost upon us and with less than a month to go we're delighted to present the full programme. The weekend is crammed with activities; with four opportunities to attend a range of exciting sessions, including a presentation from Jonah Pesner, Fania Oz and our very own Danny Rich and Lucian J. Hudson.  

This year we are not asking participants to sign up for sessions in advance. To wet your appetite, follow the link to see the full programme of events and start browsing your options. 

If you have not yet  booked your place at the Biennial it's not too late - we still have a few spaces available and you can sign up here.

We are also excited to be hosting a new LJY-Netzer weekend event on the same site, for all those aged 7-15 years. You can sign up for this event here.

For further information please contact Yael on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Haggadah b’chol dor va-dor – a haggadah for all generations

Don’t be caught out at Pesach without Liberal Judaism’s Haggadah b’chol dor va-dor! Our unique haggadah offers several options for conducting a Seder, both at home or in a communal setting. There are all the traditional elements of the service, and 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.  To order, please contact Selina on 020 7631 9822, or visit www.liberaljudaism.org/written-word-resources/shop.

 
London Citizens present Social Care Charter to government minister

Independent Catholic News
April 2nd 2014

Faith and community groups from across London gathered for a tea party on the green opposite the Houses of Parliament on Monday, to promote the London Citizens Social Care Charter, which calls for the Living Wage for carers and improved services for housebound people receiving care. Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Care and Services came to meet campaigners and hear their demands.

Rabbi Danny Rich Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism who chaired the event said the issue was a matter of "prophetic justice". Read more

 
Jewish Brides Make British Gay Marriage History

March 27th 2014

Tania Ward and Nicola Pettit will make history this Saturday when they become one of the first same-sex couples to legally marry in Britain.

More than that, their marriage will be among the first to receive a Jewish blessing, as Liberal and Reform streams prepare for a flurry of simchas to follow the change of law.

Since 2005, the United Kingdom has allowed civil partnerships which give the same rights and responsibilities as traditional marriage.

Campaigners, however, continued to lobby for full equality, facing opposition from conservative politicians and religious communities despite broad public backing. The new law comes into effect on Saturday March 29.

The couple, who live in southern England’s seaside Brighton resort, one of the country’s most bohemian centers of LGBT life, met when a mutual friend set them up on a blind date six-and-a-half years ago. “And that was that, really,” says 27-year-old Nicola.

Although Tania is not Jewish, the couple observe the High Holy Days and belong to the upscale Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London’s St. John’s Wood, a favorite among British Jewish celebrities. Read more.

 
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