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

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

Read the full Day of Celebration programme

19 April 2017 The full thought-provoking, and action-inducing, programme for Liberal Judaism’s biggest event of 2017, the Day of Celebration, has been finalised. You can read it by clicking here. The Day of Celebration takes place on Sunday June 11 at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue. The cost is £35 … Read More

Share your Rainbow Pilgrim story

28 March 2017 Are you LGBTQI+ and born outside of the UK? Do you consider yourself to be a migrant or a refugee/asylum seeker? If so, then Rainbow Pilgrims want to hear your stories as part of Liberal Judaism’s latest project. Rainbow Pilgrims is a landmark archive project seeking to … Read More

Rabbi Harry shares his refugee story in Unicef video

1 March 2017 Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Harry Jacobi, who twice fled the Nazis in childhood, has appeared in a new UNICEF (the United Nations International Children’s Fund) video, alongside one of today’s Syrian child refugees. Harry and Ahmed share their hauntingly similar stories in the clip, alternating sentences so that … Read More

LJS First World War archive featured in Jewish Chronicle

15 February 2017 The Jewish Chronicle newspaper has run a three-page feature on a major historical find at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS). The virtually unseen archive from 1914-1918, belonging to the LJS, has been brought into public view for the first time in a century. It is running on … Read More

Commemorating the Kindertransport in Parliament

30 January 2017 Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, helped to rededicate a plaque commemorating the Kindertransport in the Houses of Parliament. Danny joined Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, Lord Alf Dubs and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, … Read More

[Sermon] The People vs Trump

29 January 2017 Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah A ‘Reality TV’ star has become President of the United States. Is it a joke? When ‘President Trump’ was featured on ‘The Simpsons’ in the year 2000 the spectre was supposed to make us laugh – and perhaps also, to make us think… … Read More

Last day of Chanukah is last day for Woodford

3 January 2017 Woodford Liberal Synagogue held its final service, on the last day of Chanukah. The special inclusive service – which is welcoming of all and caters for many forms of disability – marked the last for the community, which has now united with Bet Tikvah to form the … Read More

Nottingham welcomes Austerlitz scroll after 50 years

3 January 2017 The congregation at Nottingham Liberal Synagogue (NLS) have welcomed a Torah scroll from Austerlitz, in the Czech Republic… finally putting a 50-year mix-up to an end. The community was founded in 1965 as Nottingham Progressive Jewish Congregation and immediately applied for, and received, a Torah from the … Read More