Remembering the Exodus and the Sho’ah

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 31 March 2018 It’s Pesach, when we eat matzah, the unleavened bread that simultaneously expresses our slave ancestors’ hasty departure from Egypt – their dough having no time to rise1 – and the ‘affliction’ they endured in ‘the house of bondage’. As we read in Aramaic … Read More

Liberal synagogues join Muslim day of social action

26 March 2018 Members of Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community and Nottingham Liberal Synagogue braved snow and ice to take part in Sadaqa Day, the Muslim-led day of social action inspired by Mitzvah Day. In Peterborough (pictured above), the community teamed up with the Masjid Khadijah Islamic Centre in a series … Read More

Liberal leaders contribute to René Cassin parashiot project

23 March 2018 Liberal Judaism rabbis and officers have contributed to a unique project offering communities a human rights commentary on each weekly Torah parasha. Put together by René Cassin – the human rights NGO that draws on Jewish experiences and values – the free resource offers 54 thoughts written … Read More

East London loses the rabbis for lay leaders service

20 March 2018 East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) held a special Shabbat service led by a dozen different lay leaders… but no rabbis. Taking place on Saturday March 17, a full congregation gathered to be led by the 12 different members, including Liberal Judaism vice chair Ruth Seager. … Read More

Why I had to walk out of the Zionist Federation’s dinner

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein 13 March 2018 The Jewish Chronicle “With no opportunity to voice my opposition to the guest speaker’s comments on asylum-seekers in Israel, I was left with no choice.” Sometimes enough is enough. I am a deeply committed Zionist and I believe that British Jewry must take a … Read More

Rabbi Lea chairs international Progressive Zionist body

13 March 2018 Rabbi Lea Mühlstein is the new international chair of ARZENU, the umbrella organisation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists. Lea’s role will see her ensure that the interests of ARZENU’s constituent groups in 14 countries around the world, as well Progressive Jews more generally, are represented within … Read More

In The Media: First gender-neutral B’nei Mitzvah

05 March 2018 Take a look at some of the fantastic press coverage of the first Liberal Judaism gender-neutral B’nei Mitzvah, which took place at York Liberal Jewish Community in February 2018: UK Jewish Media Jewish News: “This teen had a gender neutral b’nei mitzvah” Jewish Chronicle: “Torah and togetherness … Read More