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LJY-Netzer partners with vInspired

4 November 2015

LJY-Netzer, the youth movement of Liberal Judaism, has teamed up with vInspired - the UK's leading youth volunteering charity providing 14-25 year olds with volunteering and social action opportunities.

Through this partnership, LJY-Netzer has become a vInspired Awards provider.

The youth movement now has the ability to certificate the amazing work that its leaders do on events and in the wider community.

The first recipient is LJY-Netzer movement worker Sam Alston, who did 100 hours of volunteering to gain the top vInspired Awards. Other madrichim (leaders) on Kadimah summer camp will also qualify for the same prize.

There are four different vInspired Awards, which are given dependent on the number of hours volunteering each young person does.

Sam said: “It is an honour to receive this award, but even more important is the new partnership between LJY-Netzer and vInspired which will further encourage young Liberal Jews to use their time to help others.”


Note: Since this article was written LJY-Netzer leader Ossie Goldhill was also granted a V100 award. There are 9 other leaders who are working towards their V100 awards at the moment.



Liberal Jews seek God beyond gender

The Independent

27 October 2015

Rabbis Harry Jacobi, Margaret Jacobi and Richard Jacobi

We welcome the call by the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek to avoid male language in talking about God (“God is not male”, 26 October) and also your editorial on the same subject.

Liberal Judaism has recognised the importance of the language we use about God and been at the forefront of change for more than 20 years. Our prayer book Siddur Lev Chadash, published in 1995, was the first in Europe to use gender-neutral language about God, using “the Eternal One” instead of “Lord” and “Sovereign” instead of “King”. We also avoid gender language in talking about human beings, referring to humankind not mankind.

Since Hebrew is either masculine of feminine, in our prayer book of 2003, we balanced masculine with feminine, addressing God as “Divine Presence, Source of our Lives”. We are continually engaged in how to address God, who is beyond words and so neither masculine nor feminine but encompassing both.

See the online version of the letter here - the eighth letter on the page

Progressive students are all kitted out for Shabbat

23rd October 2015

Progressive students will be fully equipped for Shabbat on campus thanks to new kits provided by Liberal Judaism.

The kits contain a special Kabbalat Shabbat siddur, a £50 food voucher, Kiddush wine, candles, yeast and a challah recipe, and a havdalah set.

Liberal chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan will personally deliver the packages, which are funded by Progressive charity NLPS Trust, to students around the country.  Read more

How synagogues can make transgender Jews feel welcome

The JC
October 29th 2015

By Rabbi Leah Jordan

In the past few months, transgender people have moved from the twilight into the spotlight.

Thanks to celebrities including Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner and Kellie Maloney, transgender people and issues have found their way into the mainstream press and have been trending on social media. Amazon TV series Transparent has received multiple awards for its portrayal of a Jewish family man coming out as a woman named Maura Pfefferman.

For many years, the Jewish community was not somewhere transgender people could find belonging and religious meaning. However, that is now changing, especially within the Progressive Jewish world.

Within the Liberal Jewish community, a growing number of people have openly identified as trans. Liberal Judaism has even launched the pioneering Lottery-funded oral history project Twilight People, exploring the intersection of gender identity and faith.

The movement, its rabbis and communities are also working hard on the practical life-cycle issues around being transgender, including name changes and wedding ceremonies. When marriages have taken place, the only practical difference for the rabbi is finding out which gender the couple identify as. Once that is known, the marriage ceremony is prepared like any other, with the language and prayers reflecting whether the couple are of the same or different genders.  Read more

Join our South West Shabbaton

Liberal Judaism's next regional Shabbaton is set for Saturday November 28, from 10am - 6pm.

The South West Shabbaton will take place at the Jury’s Inn, Wiltshire.

A relaxing day of Jewish learning, services and community, speakers will include Liberal Judaism's senior rabbi, Rabbis Danny Rich, as well as Rabbis Sandra Kviat and Anna Gerrard.  This event has been supported by a grant from the NLPS Trust for Progressive Judaism.

For the full programme, click here.

To book tickets, go to www.tinyurl.com/southwestshabbaton

If you need any more more information, please call Aaron Abraham on 0207 631 9830.

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