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

Nottingham interfaith kitchen celebrates anniversary

6 June 2016   Nottingham’s Salaam Shalom (SaSh) Kitchen celebrated its first anniversary last week, with the event covered by local TV.   The unique project – a collaboration between Nottingham Liberal Synagogue (NLS) and Muslim charity Himmah – provides a hot meal every Wednesday to around 100 people in … Read More

Heroic Sue wins swimming bronze

1 June 2016   Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS) member Sue Warner has received a heroes’ welcome on her return to the UK, after winning a bronze medal at the Invictus Games in Orlando.   Sue – who has a long continuing association with KLS and its choir – won bronze … Read More

Supporting good mental health in South London

27 May 2016   Last Shabbat saw a series of special events and services at South London Liberal Synagogue (SLLS) to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.   The Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday used special liturgy compiled by Rabbi Janet Darley, minister at SLLS, on the theme of mental health. … Read More