New community to be called East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue

8 November 2016 Liberal Judaism’s newest community has been given its English name – East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue. The community will officially form on January 1, 2017, after members of the area’s two current Liberal Judaism congregations – Bet Tikvah and Woodford Liberal Synagogues – voted overwhelmingly to … Read More

Civic leaders to attend York interfaith event

5 November 2016 York Liberal Jewish Community (YLJC) will hold an interfaith service on Saturday November 19, as part of National Interfaith Week. The service will be led by Student Rabbi Deborah Blausten and include a Torah reading from an ‘orphan scroll’, which was rescued from the Holocaust by Prague’s … Read More

Shadow business secretary attends Norwich Sukkot

26 October 2016 Clive Lewis MP joined Norwich Liberal Jewish Community for Sukkot. The shadow business secretary visited the Norwich Sukkah over Shabbat, taking part in an open interfaith service led by Rabbi Leah Jordan (pictured). Community chair Annie Henriques said: “We were delighted to welcome about a hundred people … Read More

Ten-year-old shofar blower answers Elstree shul’s SOS

21 October 2016 The Jewish Chronicle When The Liberal Synagogue Elstree’s regular shofar blower was unavailable, Rabbi Pete Tobias asked: “Is there a blower in the house? Everyone shook their heads and I thought we were in trouble.” But 10-year-old Tia Boulton stepped into the breach, having been volunteered by … Read More

Find out more about Syria at South London event

21 October 2016 On Thursday November 24, from 7.30pm, South London Liberal Synagogue (SLLS) will be hosting an event titled ‘Syria: how did we get to where we are and where next?’ The evening will be hosted by Shashank Joshi, who will give a talk on the situation in the … Read More

Woodford to host inclusive Shabbat service

Woodford Liberal Synagogue is to host another in its successful series of inclusive Shabbat services. Taking place this Saturday in the East London community, the Shabbat Shelanu service is designed to be accessible and sensitive for a variety of needs and welcoming to all. It celebrates Shabbat through music, multisensory experiences and … Read More

Liberal Jews and Muslims stand together in Durham

18 October 2016 Members of Durham’s Jewish and Muslim communities came together to support police as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Hundreds of pledges were signed by members of the public, of all ages, promising to tackle and prevent hate crimes. Have Fleming, spokesperson for the Durham and … Read More

Hear an orchestra like no other in Finchley

16 October 2016 As part of In Conversation, a series of monthly family-friendly Havdalah evenings, on December 10, Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) will present a unique programme featuring the Symphonova Orchestra and its conductor and inventor Shelley Katz. Led by Rabbi Rebecca Birk, the evening will combine a Havdalah service … Read More

[Sermon] Words and Deeds, Yom Kippur

12 October 2016 Rabbi Richard Jacobi For those who missed it, last night I talked about our inner selves, about our thought and feelings, about our emotions, prejudices and fears, and about how mental health and well being need our focus and our commitment. I ended by suggesting that the … Read More

[Sermon] The Hidden and the Revealed, Kol Nidre

11 October 2016 Rabbi Richard Jacobi The Torah portion that those of us gathered here on Saturday morning studied ended with a verse which detained us for some time. It stated: “The secret things belong to the Eternal One our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to … Read More