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

An insight into faith in prison

Rabbi Danny Rich at Limmud

12 January 2016 Rabbi Danny Rich, the senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism and a prison and hospital chaplain, has given an insight into prison life for people of faith. Delivering a speech to the Council of Christians and Jews, and then to Limmud, Danny discussed what prison chaplaincy, as he … Read More

Liberal Judaism welcomes report on religion and belief in public life

7 December 2015 Today’s report from the Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life, recognising the growing diversity of religious and non-religious belief in Britain, has been welcomed by Liberal Judaism as a “significant step forward”. Commenting on its recommendations, Rabbi Danny Rich, the chief executive and senior rabbi of … 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

Progressive students are all kitted out for Shabbat

23 October 2015 Progressive students will be fully equipped for Shabbat on campus thanks to new kits provided by Liberal Judaism. The kits contain a special Kabbalat Shabbat siddur, a £50 food voucher, Kiddush wine, candles, yeast and a challah recipe, and a havdallah set. Liberal chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan … Read More