Parashat Tzav 5776

The description of the High Priest and his vestments in Tzav, our portion for this week, is one of awesome magnificence. He wears a tunic, a sash, a robe, a headdress, an ephod (which appears to be an apron-like article of clothing associated with divination,) a breastpiece, and, placed in … Read More

A special KT celebration at Northwood

21 March 2016 Pictures by Phil Stone A class of 11 teenagers celebrated their Kabbalat Torah at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) this Shabbat. The youth – three of whom are fourth generation Liberal Jews – took part in the Kabbalat Torah ceremony, which was the culmination of a … Read More

Wandering scroll finds its way to Crouch End

21 March 2016 The community at Crouch End Chavurah have welcomed a ‘new’ Torah scroll that is more than 100 years old and travels around the world. Canadian-born sofer Avielah Barclay – the first female Torah scribe for 250 years – visited the community at Shabbat and revealed many interesting … Read More

Parashat Vayikra 5776

When the Liberal Jew turns the page from the closing verses of Exodus to begin Sefer Vayikra, the Book of Leviticus, a very great challenge lies ahead. The founders of Liberal Judaism, even if they studied the first half of the Book of Leviticus, in all likelihood, excluded it from … Read More

Join our young adult post-Purim party

13 March 2016 Liberal Judaism has teamed up with the Movement for Reform Judaism for a post-Purim party with a difference. The annual Progressive Purim party will take place in Camden on Thursday March 24, from 8pm, and is open to all young adults and their friends. Purim is the … Read More

Parashat Pekudei 5776

This week’s Torah portion is the final weekly section of the Book of Exodus. It is called Pekudei as it begins with a statistical record of the materials used for constructing the Mishkan (Tabernacle), moving through to its completion, God’s approval sealed with a cloud descending on the Tent. One … Read More

Parashat Ki Tissa 5776

This week, I do not want to talk about our concerns regarding our world. I do not want to talk about social justice, the migrants’ crisis, the challenges faced by our society in a world run by neo-liberal politicians. We are all too aware of them, and of our responsibility … Read More

Parashat Tetzavveh 5776

Clothed in Divine Light What is the connection between the ner tamid, the eternal light and the priestly garments in this sidrah? In a midrash, a Rabbinic interpretation of the Torah, we find a comment on the verse from Genesis (3:21): “And the Eternal God made for Adam and his … Read More

Behind the headlines as LJS makes history

Jeanne Myers 15 February 2016 You may have seen some of the recent media coverage about The Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS) holding Friday evening services in French. ‘Sacrebleu’, you might have thought… what’s all this about?! Around a year ago, it occurred to me that, with the large number of … Read More

Parashat Terumah 5776

To do or not to do that is the question This week’s Torah portion, T’rumah, which begins at Exodus chapter 25, introduces a theme that dominates the remaining portions of the Book of Exodus: the building of the mishkan, the tabernacle in the wilderness, by the ex-slaves, who took flight … Read More