York cake sale raises £200 for Israel’s food bank

18 July 2016 York Liberal Jewish Community (YLJC) raised £200 for Israel’s national food bank, Leket Israel, by selling ‘hot cakes’ at a local fete. A new venture for the fast-growing community, more 300 baked items were sold in just three hours. They were all donated by YLJC members and friends. … Read More

Heritage Award for Brighton & Hove

11 July 2016 Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue (BHPS) has won a prestigious Sussex Heritage Award for its state of the art building. The synagogue, which recently re-opened after redevelopment, has a new layout and beautifully designed interior to follow the community’s ethos of inclusivity and diversity. The community received … Read More

Leo Baeck College Report to the Liberal Judaism AGM July 2016

Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh 5 July 2016 LJ Communities Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris visited the LJS to lead a Nosh ‘n Drosh and, together with Dr Keith Kahn-Harris, spent a working weekend with the Shir HaTzaphon congregation in Copenhagen. Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh visited Dublin for Pesach and for the … Read More

BoNO Chair Report for AGM July 2016

Simon Benscher 5 July 2016   Someone was once quoted as saying “a week is a long time in politics”. A year as chair of LJ seems to have flown by. I guess the fact that I have enjoyed pretty much every minute of these past 12 months has a … Read More

A Shabbat welcome for refugees in South London

29 June 2016 Laura Griffiths, from SafePassage UK, was the guest speaker as South London Liberal Synagogue (SLLS) observed Refugee Week with a special Refugees Welcome Shabbat. Laura spoke about the work being done to find safe and legal routes for refugees to come to the UK. SLLS is part … Read More

Kosher comedy night in South Bucks

26 June 2016   South Bucks Jewish Community (SBJC) is putting on a fantastic night of Jewish comedy to raise money for the SBJC Building Fund.   The event will be headlined by “the oldest living Jewish comedian” Sol Bernstein. He will be joined on the bill by Bennett Arron, … Read More

LJ Rabbinic Conference goes on the road

18 June 2016   Liberal Judaism’s Rabbinic Conference – the monthly meeting where LJ’s rabbis discuss pressing issues, learn from each other and provide collegiate support – is now being held around the UK.   The first meeting in this new initiative took place at Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue … Read More

Children who followed their fathers into the pulpit

Rosa Doherty 16 June 2016 The Jewish Chronicle   Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein and his son Rabbi Aaron Goldstein feature in a Father’s Day piece which talks to three families where children have followed their fathers into the pulpit and become rabbis – the other families featured are; Rabbi Yisroel … Read More

[Radio] Rabbis visit BBC Radio on Shavuot

12 June 2016 BBC Radio Rabbi Aaron Goldstein talked to Helen Legh and the Sunday show on BBC Radio Three Counties to explain Shavuot, discuss anti-Semitism and celebrating The Queen’s 90th birthday.     Student Rabbis Danny Lichman and Deborah Blausten visited Jonathan Cowap and the Sunday Breakfast show at … Read More

Keynote speakers announced for Liberal Judaism Biennial

7 June 2016   Award-winning writer and broadcaster Cole Moreton, Guardian journalist Jessica Elgot and Imam Sayed Ali Razawi will all take part in the Liberal Judaism Biennial Conference.   The Biennial, which takes place from July 1-3 at The St Johns Hotel in the Midlands, is the biggest Liberal … Read More