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

Parashat Balak 5776

A few years ago I made attempts to drive at home in Wales. Driving in the UK was a step outside my comfort zone, having grown up in the United States where I learned to drive on the right side—right-hand side—of the road. I lived in perpetual fear of entering … Read More

Parashat Chukkat 5776

The latter two of the three chapters that make up this week’s Torah portion of Chukkat contain a series of troubling episodes that seem destined to offer nothing but trouble to our ancestors on their journey through the wilderness. In no particular order they are as follows. The people are … Read More

[Sermon] What makes a siddur ‘Liberal’?

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 2 July 2016 What makes a siddur ‘Liberal’? Having published several siddurim for over 100 years, Liberal Judaism in Britain can readily provide answers to this question. Our first answer emerges from the simple fact that LJ has published several siddurim – or to be more … Read More

[Sermon] Two thousand years of Jewish prayer in two hours

Rabbi Pete Tobias 2 July 2016 Liberal Judaism biennial conferences have a reputation of being rather breathless and exciting, but I think the opportunity to encounter more than two thousand years’ worth of how our people have prayed through the ages adds a new dimension to that. I hope you … Read More