Twilight People announces Trans* and Faith Symposium

22 March 2016 Liberal Judaism warmly invites its members to attend the Twilight People Trans* and Faith Symposium at the University of Warwick on Thursday May 5 from 9am until 5pm. The event is open to all and participation is FREE of charge. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The … Read More

A special KT celebration at Northwood

21 March 2016 Pictures by Phil Stone A class of 11 teenagers celebrated their Kabbalat Torah at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) this Shabbat. The youth – three of whom are fourth generation Liberal Jews – took part in the Kabbalat Torah ceremony, which was the culmination of a … Read More

Rabbi Richard Jacobi welcomes first grandchild

21 March 2016 Woodford Liberal Synagogue was full to capacity on Shabbat for the baby blessing of Rabbi Richard Jacobi’s first grandchild. Family, friends and congregates gathered for a Purim family service and the ceremony for baby Zachary, whose great-grandfather, Rabbi Harry Jacobi, carried out the blessing. The community’s youth … Read More

Wandering scroll finds its way to Crouch End

21 March 2016 The community at Crouch End Chavurah have welcomed a ‘new’ Torah scroll that is more than 100 years old and travels around the world. Canadian-born sofer Avielah Barclay – the first female Torah scribe for 250 years – visited the community at Shabbat and revealed many interesting … Read More

Join our young adult post-Purim party

13 March 2016 Liberal Judaism has teamed up with the Movement for Reform Judaism for a post-Purim party with a difference. The annual Progressive Purim party will take place in Camden on Thursday March 24, from 8pm, and is open to all young adults and their friends. Purim is the … Read More

LJ’s Surat-Shaan named as LGBTQI+ role model

15 February 2016 Liberal Judaism’s Surat-Shaan Knan has been selected as a Stonewall ‘role model’ for LGBT History Month. Celebrated every February, the aim of the month is to celebrate the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people from the past and present. The theme this year … Read More

One big Friday night dinner

Gloucestershire Dinner

8 February 2016 The Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community (GLJC) gathered most of its members together in January for a simultaneous Friday night dinner party. Eighty people united in nine houses around Gloucestershire, enjoying home cooked food contributed by those taking part. Members were grouped together into convenient geographical locations to … Read More

Away from home: conferences and Kallah

Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein 1 January 2016 This year will see two important conferences held in the UK – that of the European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ) in April in London and then the Liberal Judaism Biennial Weekend in Solihull in July. Both are opportunities to meet Jews from … Read More

Liberal rabbis to speak at pioneering LGBTQI event

26 October 2015 Liberal Judaism’s rabbis will be speaking at a very special Ritual Reconstructed event at JW3 on Tuesday November 24, which seeks to examine Jewish life through an LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex) lens. Ritual Reconstructed is a collaborative, community and academic project working with … Read More

‘An empowering and unforgettable summer’

Surat-Shaan Knan 1 September 2015 Twilight People project manager Surat-Shaan Knan reports back after having spread the word about Liberal Judaism’s pioneering LGBT+ work at two global gatherings: This summer, I was invited to attend two major international events – Gender Odyssey and Eighteen:22. Gender Odyssey is an international conference, … Read More