The rabbi who went to Bali in order not to speak for a week

Rabbi Rebecca Birk 4 June 2018 The Jewish Chronicle Rabbi Rebecca Birk decided to try something different when she took a sabbatical. At the end of last year, as Chanukah finished, I travelled 7,747 miles not to talk. I attended a silent meditative retreat at the foot of a mountain. … Read More

Leo Baeck College announces new student rabbi intake

29 May 2018 Leo Baeck College (LBC) has announced its latest intake of Progressive Judaism student rabbis, which will include the first Polish-born Jew to study for the Progressive rabbinate since the fall of communism in Poland and a former LJY-Netzer leader. Two students will start on LBC’s acclaimed five-year … Read More

Barbara Winton to deliver refugee session at Biennial Weekend

17 May 2018 Barbara Winton will speak about how we can build on her father’s legacy at Liberal Judaism’s Biennial Weekend, via a live Skype link from Athens where she will be visiting a refugee camp. Barbara is the daughter and biographer of the late Sir Nicholas Winton (1909-2015), who … Read More

[Blog] Mental Health Awareness Week

Rabbi Alexandra Wright 15 May 2018 Two weeks ago, the Liberal Jewish Synagogue held its annual Kabbalat Torah service – one of the highlights of our year and always a source of great pride for any Liberal Jewish congregation. The class of nine fifteen year olds led the Friday evening … Read More

Brighton & Hove to host Shavuot study marathon on refugees

15 May 2018 Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue will be hosting an all-night cheesecake and study marathon on Shavuot, on the theme of refugees. The event will begin on Saturday 19 May at 6pm with the Rainbow Pilgrims pop-up exhibition – Liberal Judaism’s groundbreaking heritage and diversity project that discovers … Read More

Liberal Jews invited to take part in EU antisemitism survey

9 May 2018 Liberal Judaism members are invited to take part in a major pan-European survey of Jewish people’s perceptions and experiences of antisemitism. The study has been commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and will be carried out by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research … Read More

Eight reasons to attend the Liberal Judaism Biennial

3 May 2018 The Liberal Judaism Biennial Weekend is now just eight weeks away. Our movement’s flagship event takes place from Friday June 29 – Sunday July 1 at the St Johns Hotel, just outside of Birmingham, and promises something for everyone. Tickets are available by clicking here, and if … Read More

Northwood full of music as KT class lead the service

30 April 2018 The Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) Kabbalat Torah class led a Shabbat with a difference, bringing beatboxing into NPLS services for the first time alongside piano, guitar and a traditional choir. The 12 teenagers also used poem, sermon and film to express their diverse characters and … Read More

A Prayer to mark Israel’s 70th Anniversary 5778/2018

Rabbi Alexandra Wright 20 April 2018 Eternal God, shelter of peace for all nations, we ask Your blessing on the State of Israel and all who live there. We give thanks for 70 years of Israel’s independence; we recognise her achievements and accomplishments: the pioneers who nurtured the land and … Read More

Liberal Judaism partners with Board of Deputies for JLE

19 April 2018 Hundreds of Cumbrian schoolchildren and members of the public will be learning about the Jewish way of life this month following the launch of the Jewish Living Experience (JLE) in Carlisle. Children from all over the region will attend the JLE, in which Liberal Judaism are partnering … Read More