Statement on the Orlando Massacre

13 June 2016 Statement on the Orlando Massacre: Sunday 12 June 2016 by Danny Rich, Senior Rabbi and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism Liberal Jews learnt with horror of the tragic incident at the gay nightclub in Orlando. Our first thoughts are with the families of the 50 murdered men … Read More

[Podcast] Surat Shaan Knan on Ujima Radio

8 June 2016 Cheryl Morgan, Ujima Radio   Surat Shaan Knan talked about the Twilight People project, trans people and faith as part of the show which focused on politica, social and cultural issues.   Ujima Radio (98FM) is a local community radio station in Bristol. They are a non-profit … Read More

Twilight People Coventry tour extended

Original article on 28 April 2016 Updated on 26 May 2016 The Twilight People exhibition at the Pod Collective, Coventry, has been extended and a special ‘Meet the Makers’ event added. The groundbreaking exhibition, exploring stories of faith and gender beyond the binary, will now run until Friday June 24. An Audience Event, celebrating … Read More

I’m an out and proud trans Jew – others aren’t so lucky

Surat-Shaan Knan, Twilight People Project Manager 30 March 2016 The Jewish News Tomorrow sees Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) take place, the annual day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe, while fighting transphobia and … Read More

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

LJ playwright wins rave reviews

25 February 2016 Liberal Judaism’s Aaron Abraham has wowed theatre critics with his new play Run. Aaron – who works in a communications role for the movement and writes under the name of Stephen Laughton – won rave reviews for his latest work, which was part of the Vault Festival in … 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

Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance

Surat-Shaan Knan and Janet Darley

19 November 2015 Surat-Shaan Knan, a UK trans activist and founder of Liberal Judaism’s pioneering project Twilight People, urges rabbis and community leaders to include Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) observance in their Shabbat services. The TDoR is commemorated annually on 20 November, Surat-Shaan appeals to rabbis and service-leaders to light … Read More

How synagogues can make transgender Jews feel welcome

Rabbi Leah Jordan 29 October 2015 The Jewish Chronicle In the past few months, transgender people have moved from the twilight into the spotlight. Thanks to celebrities including Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner and Kellie Maloney, transgender people and issues have found their way into the mainstream press and have been trending … Read More

Liberal Jews seek God beyond gender

Rabbis Harry Jacobi, Dr Margaret Jacobi and Richard Jacobi 26 October 2015 The Independent We welcome the call by the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek to avoid male language in talking about God (“God is not male”, 26 October) and also your editorial on the same subject. Liberal Judaism has recognised … Read More