Liberal Judaism to offer fully inclusive ketubot

28 September 2017 Monday September 25 – Liberal Judaism has become the first Jewish movement in the world to offer ketubot especially written for same sex couples and those who prefer a non binary or gender neutral format. A ketubah, or marriage contract, has been a key part of a … Read More

LJY-Netzer launches pronoun badges for camp

8 August 2017 Leaders at LJY-Netzer’s Machaneh Kadimah summer camp will each wear a badge, showing which pronoun they want to be used by others. The idea came about after feedback that those who are transgender or non-binary can often find it uncomfortable to keep explaining which pronoun they prefer. … Read More

LJ’s Shaan speaks to PM about LGBTQI+ rights

21 July 2017 Liberal Judaism’s Shaan Knan spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May at a 10 Downing Street reception to celebrate the LGBTQI+ community. Shaan highlighted Liberal Judaism’s trailblazing LGBTQI+ work; especially the oral history projects which he manages. Shaan said: “I mentioned how our movement led the way on … Read More

Celebrating LGBTQI refugees in the UK

19 June 2017 It is Refugee Week from 19 – 25 June. The week takes place every year across the world and we spoke to Rainbow Pilgrims about their work with LGBTQI immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Many wonderful and talented people have had to flee their country of origin … Read More

Statement on the recent controversy with Rabbi Dweck

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Rabbi Danny Rich 15 June 2017 I am not privy to the inner workings of the Sephardi community in the United Kingdom but I am always saddened when decent people and enlightened teachers are harassed by populist petitions. In his relative short tenure here Rabbi Joseph Dweck has proved to … Read More

Liberal Judaism’s Shaan is Stonewall role model

9 April 2017 Liberal Judaism’s LGBTQI+ Project Manager, Surat Shaan Knan, has been named as a role model by human rights group Stonewall. Stonewall – which campaigns for equality for LGBTQI+ people across Britain – celebrated Shaan’s achievements, along with those of 12 others, as part of Trans Day of … Read More

Join our Shabbat sing-along at hit London show

29 March 2017 Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Rachel Benjamin and her cantor for the night, Liberal Judaism officer Graham Carpenter, will be leading a special Shabbat sing-along this Friday (March 30). The special event will take place after Stephen Laughton’s Off-West End nominated show RUN, as they bring in shabbat with … 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

Join Liberal rabbis to explore the Torah’s LGBTQI+ themes

21 March 2017 Rabbis Charley Baginsky and Dr René Pfertzel will be part of a panel discussion tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd March) entitled The Queer Torah: Exploring LGBTQI+ Themes in the Bible. They will be joined by Liberal Judaism’s LGBTQI+ project manager Surat-Shaan Knan and activist Zach Polanski, as they discuss … Read More

[Guest Blog] Calling the Church of England to account on LGBT issues

15 February 2017 Liberal Judaism has long recognised the importance of providing a truly inclusive religious home for its members. It draws no distinction between people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, be they congregants or Rabbis. We offer our support and thoughts to the Church of England … Read More