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Birthright is set to go Progressive

March 26th 2015

The Reform and Liberal movements are to host their first Israel tour with Birthright, open to those in their early to mid-twenties who have never been on an organised educational trip to the country.

Liberal Judaism young adult chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan was confident that the movements would fill the 40 places for the 10-day programme in August.

"We are expecting this to be a very popular trip. Participants will be able to see and consider Israel through Progressive eyes, so it will include experiences and visits that you wouldn't find on any other Birthright trip," she explained.

"It is also going to enable us to be a community together - praying Progressively, engaging with Judaism and learning."  Read more


Liberal Judaism appoints first ever Director of Youth

Liberal Judaism is proud to announce the appointment of the movement’s first ever Director of Youth.

Becca Fetterman has taken up the newly created role, which sees her supporting Liberal Judaism’s youth movement LJY-Netzer in delivering inclusive, engaging activities with and for children and young people.

Becca has been involved with Progressive Judaism all her life, attending her first camp at the age of nine and then becoming a leader and movement worker.

She has been a professional youth worker since 2000 in a variety of jobs and settings – most recently managing the targeted youth work team for Buckinghamshire County Council, which supports individuals and runs programs for young people having difficulties in their lives.

Becca said: “I am really excited to have joined the team at Liberal Judaism and can’t wait to get going.

“Being involved in a youth movement had such a huge impact on my life, and the lives of my friends, and it is an honour to be able to support the incredible provision Liberal Judaism provides for its members.”

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich added: “We are delighted that Becca will be bringing her professional experience and skills to Liberal Judaism.

“As our first ever Director of Youth, and working in partnership with LJY-Netzer, she will make a significant positive impact on the experiences of a generation of young Liberal Jews.”

Read more about Becca in The JC. 

Yvette Cooper supports LJ campaign

Yvette Cooper MP, the shadow Home Secretary, is the latest prominent politician to back a Liberal Judaism campaign.

Following support for previous campaigns from politicians of all parties - including Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg - Ms Cooper and the Labour party have backed an LJ and Citizens UK campaign to end the indefinite detention of refugees.

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Join us on Thursday to make a stand for refugees

23rd March 2015

Members of Liberal Judaism are invited to take part in the Citizens UK Spring Sanctuary Assembly, this Thursday evening in Birmingham.

Taking place from 7-9pm at the University of Birmingham, the event is a key part of the campaign to make sure 1,500 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees are able to be resettled in the UK this year.

The event is our best chance to put pressure on those with power to do the right thing for refugees from places like Syria.

Speakers include Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP, Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich, the leaders of Birmingham City and Kingston Borough Councils and representatives from the United Nations and Christian and Muslim faiths.

For those based in London, there is a free coach leaving Whitechapel at 2:30pm.

Amelia Viney, Liberal Judaism’s trustee for social justice, said : “This Thursday evening, I will be making the journey to Birmingham to show my support as a Liberal Jew for this important cause.

“Like most of you, I work full time and my pockets aren't bursting with extra cash. But I will be raising my voice with hundreds of my friends and neighbours, to make a stand for the some of the world's most vulnerable people.

“My grandparents were refugees - they left Hungary and Slovakia for America and the dream of safety, equality and opportunity. I know that now I must be the voice of today's refugees, who deserve the same. For it is not my duty to complete the task, but neither am I free to desist from it.

“Will you join me?”

Liberal Judaism has played a key role in the campaign, calling on local authorities to resettle 50 Syrian refugees each, under the government's Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. We have already seen successful actions in Kingston, Redbridge, Birmingham and Brixton - all with Liberal Jewish communities at the forefront.

For more details on the Citizens UK Spring Sanctuary Assembly and how you can take part, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Liberal and Reform movements team up for unique Europe Tour

23rd March 2015

Liberal Judaism’s youth movement LJY-Netzer is launching a new 10-day tour of Europe that is truly one its kind.

Combining with Reform Judaism’s youth movement RSY-Netzer, a brand new route will see those in school year 12 visiting the former Yugoslavia for the first time, as well as Austria.

The Kayitz Netzer Tour takes place from Sunday August 16 – Wednesday August 26 and will see students discover the culture and heritage of cities including Sarajevo, Split, Dubrovnik and Vienna.

LJY-Netzer’s Tom Francies said: “Although our previous route of Prague, Budapest and Berlin was unique when Kayitz Netzer began, it is now very well serviced by lots of Jewish youth organisations.

“We wanted to give our members something truly unique this year and so we put this tour together with Jeremy Leigh of Jewish Journeys, who is an expert in European Jewry.

“All those coming on Kayitz Netzer will get the chance to travel around Europe, explore amazing sites, discover unique Jewish history, take part in social action and have lots of fun with old and new friends.

“This truly is the trip of a lifetime!”

For more information, email Tom on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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