Woodford Shabbat accessible to all

7 August 2016 Woodford Liberal Synagogue (WLS) has held its fourth Shabbat Shelanu, an inclusive Saturday morning service, accessible for people with learning disabilities and welcoming to all. Led by Rabbi Richard Jacobi, Shabbat Shelanu services provide an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat in a relaxed and friendly environment, through music, … Read More

Second Scarborough service is a success

1 August 2016 More than 30 people attended the latest Liberal Judaism service to be held in Scarborough. Set up by the York Liberal Jewish Community, the initial Scarborough event took place in March – and was the first Jewish service held in the North Yorkshire Town in living memory … Read More

Parashat Mattot 5776

“Then [the Gadites and Reubenites] stepped up to him and said, ‘We will build here sheepfolds for our flocks and towns for our children” (Numbers 32:16). How can we build a safe and secure world for ourselves and those who come after us in times of transition and uncertainty? That … Read More

The benefits of Ba’alei Tefillah

Alexandra Simonon at Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community (GLJC)

25 July 2016 Liberal Judaism administration manager, and Ba’alei Tefillah graduate, Alexandra Simonon took her first full Torah service this weekend, spending Shabbat with Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community (GLJC). Alexandra – who graduated Liberal Judaism’s lay leadership course with 16 others at the Biennial Weekend earlier this month – led … Read More

Parashat Pinchas 5776

There are only six chapters in the Bible named after people: “Noah”, “Chayyei Sarah ” (Life of Sarah), “Jethro”, “Korach”, “Balak”, “Pinchas”. One out of six is perhaps not too bad if one looks at the disproportionate attention on male figures in the Torah. If we look at the totality … Read More

How to be part of the Open Talmud Project

Rabbi Leah Jordan 19 July 2016 The Open Talmud Project (OTP) is now entering its seventh summer – and this year’s annual weekend is set to be bigger and better than ever. Founded in 2009, the Open Talmud Project is a growing cross-denominational, grassroots initiative for close encounter with Talmud … Read More

[Sermon] Shabbat Balak 5776 – Terrorism

Rabbi Alexandra Wright

Rabbi Alexandra Wright 2 July 2016 This sermon is offered as a reflection on terrorist events that have happened, not only in recent days but in over the past two years. It was a sermon given on Shabbat Balak, July 4th, 2015 and has been slightly amended to include recent events. … Read More