Progressives combine for Shavuot discussion

17 May 2017 The Liberal, Reform and Masorti branches of Mosaic Jewish Community, Harrow, will unite for a discussion on Erev Shavuot. Led by Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith (pictured), the study session is titled ‘The Practice of Compassion and Kindness in Times of Hatred and Lies’. The session … Read More

Israel celebrated by new Essex community

9 May 2017 The newest Liberal Judaism community – East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (EL&ELS) – continued its series of firsts in 2017, as it celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut for the first time. There was standing room only at the EL&ELS Marlborough Road site for a musical family service, led … Read More

A whole weekend of celebration as Kingston turns 50

7 May 2017 The congregation at Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS) held a whole weekend of activity to celebrate the community’s 50th anniversary. Festivities began with a Chavurah supper on Friday, followed by a Shabbat service with choir (pictured) on Saturday, and a service with a Holocaust survivor on Sunday. There … Read More

Shabbat Resouled celebrates 10th anniversary

3 May 2017 Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) celebrated 10 years of Shabbat Resouled, with music, song and a chavurah supper. More than 200 people attended a musical Kabbalat Shabbat service, a true mark of the success of the first dedicated ‘prayer band’ in the UK Jewish community. Shabbat Resouled was … Read More

Liberal rabbi walks 103km in memory of congregant

3 May 2017 Rabbi Yuval Keren, of Southgate Progressive Synagogue, walked 103km and raised more than £2,000 in honour of congregant Simon Cooper. Simon died in July 2016, aged 33, developing lung cancer after a lifetime battling cystic fibrosis. Throughout his life, Simon never let his illness hold him back. … Read More

York community hosts first ever Liberal service in Leeds

2 May 2017 York Liberal Jewish Community (YLJC) has held the first ever Liberal Judaism Shabbat service in Leeds. Every year, the Leeds Jewish Housing Association invites Masorti, Reform and Orthodox Jewish Groups from within the city to worship in their premises. This year, for the first time, YLJC – … Read More

Liberal Jews rank highly in Thirty Under 30 poll

27 April 2017 Three Liberal Jews have been named as among the most important young people in Anglo-Jewry, as part of the Jewish News’ and Jewish Leadership Council’s Thirty Under 30 countdown. Student Rabbi Deborah Blausten came ninth in the prestigious list, which attracted hundreds of nominations. Deborah is a … Read More

Finchley’s Lindsey raises £4,000 with Marathon run

26 April 2017 Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) member Lindsey Block completed the London Marathon on Sunday, raising more than £4,000 for the Karen Morris Memorial Trust. Karen Morris was the sister of Lindsey’s best friend, Debbie, and well known in the Liberal and Reform Jewish youth movements. She died in … Read More

Hear top author Susie Orbach speak in Finchley

26 April 2017 Critically acclaimed author Susie Orbach will be speaking on the topic ‘Psyche, Bodies and Judaism’ at Finchley Progressive Synagogue on Sunday June 4. Susie is writer, psychotherapist and co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre. Her numerous books include Fat is a Feminist Issue, which has been continuously … Read More

Mayor of Kolín joins Northwood for Memorial Shabbat

24 April 2017 People from around the world took part in a Memorial Shabbat at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) to remember the Jews murdered in the Holocaust from the towns where the congregation’s Czech and Slovak Torah scrolls originated. An annual event, this year’s service focussed on Kolín, … Read More