We must help child refugees find their families

23 April 2016 The Telegraph Sir – We were shocked by the entirely preventable death of Muhammad Hassan, a 17-year-old asylum-seeker. He died on April 1 while trying to reach his uncle in Manchester. Despite having a legal right to join his family while his asylum claim was processed, he … Read More

Pesach 5776

What is it that drives a people to leave family, friends, community and home, cross seas and continents to enter a strange and foreign land? This week at our sedarim, we will retell the story of how our people, the Jewish people, were slaves in Egypt to Pharaoh and how … Read More

A prayer to mark the Shabbat following the Queen’s 90th birthday

by Rabbi Alexandra Wright 21 April 2016 Eternal God, whose dominion embraces the universe, we ask for Your blessing on our Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth, who this week celebrated her 90th birthday. We give thanks for the precious gift of years and health, for her unwavering duty and dedication with … Read More

Yvette Cooper joins Rabbi Harry Jacobi in refugee call

21 April 2016 Rabbi Harry Jacobi has given testimony to the House of Commons about his refugee journey to the UK, escaping Nazi persecution in May 1940, in order to help politicians understand the experience of today’s young refugees. Harry spoke powerfully alongside former Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, Lord … Read More

Parashat Metzora 5776

The use in History of categories such as “pure” and “impure” to divide human beings between “worthy” and “unworthy” has shown its deadly outcomes. Jews were segregated according to a supposedly racial inferiority. A French historian, Georges Bensoussan, published in 2006 a book called “Europe. Une passion génocidaire. Essai d’histoire … Read More

Join LJY-Netzer’s second night Seder

10 April 2016 Liberal Judaism’s youth movement LJY-Netzer will be hosting a second night Seder on Saturday April 23 – and all young Jews are invited. Taking place from 6pm, close to Willesden Green Station, everyone is asked to bring a veggie dish to share. Participants will get to delve … Read More

Parashat Tazria 5776

The Power of Rituals How are we, as Liberal Jews, to relate to this week’s Torah portion Tazria? Probably one of the least loved Torah portions in our cannon, the parashah focuses on the rituals that are connected to the mysterious disease Tzara’at. This disease is often incorrectly translated as … Read More

Parashat Shemini 5776

This coming August, it will be 14 years since I stood on the bimah of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue as my dear friend and colleague, Rabbi Erlene Wahlhaus, gave me s’michah, my rabbinic ordination. She drew me close as we stood before the Ark, reaching up to take my head … Read More