Parashat Naso 5776

Of blessings and prayers The Chavurah in Crouch End has developed an interesting bnei mitzvah ritual; at the end of the Torah service, after the student has read their portion and explained it, and are finally breathing again, we ask them to come once again before community. Standing in a … Read More

[Radio] Rabbis visit BBC Radio on Shavuot

12 June 2016 BBC Radio Rabbi Aaron Goldstein talked to Helen Legh and the Sunday show on BBC Radio Three Counties to explain Shavuot, discuss anti-Semitism and celebrating The Queen’s 90th birthday.     Student Rabbis Danny Lichman and Deborah Blausten visited Jonathan Cowap and the Sunday Breakfast show at … Read More

Nottingham interfaith kitchen celebrates anniversary

6 June 2016   Nottingham’s Salaam Shalom (SaSh) Kitchen celebrated its first anniversary last week, with the event covered by local TV.   The unique project – a collaboration between Nottingham Liberal Synagogue (NLS) and Muslim charity Himmah – provides a hot meal every Wednesday to around 100 people in … Read More

Parashat B’midbar 5776

The Resilience of Unaccompanied Children On Tuesday, 17th May 2016, together with Rabbis Janet Darley and Margaret Jacobi, I completed a quartet of Liberal rabbis in a pilgrimage to ‘The Jungle’ in Calais. Our leaders were my father, Rabbi Harry Jacobi MBE, and Lord Alf Dubs, a Labour Peer and … Read More

Parashat Bechukkotai 5776

When one consciously makes a vow, offering themselves to the Eternal according to your valuation (Lev 27:2)… To understand this passage from Bechukotai, where an individual pledged a donation to the Temple system according to a fixed valuation in silver, we need to appreciate that there was a time when … Read More

[TV Appearance] Rabbi Charley Baginsky on The Big Questions

Rabbi Charley Baginsky and Nicky Campbell

28 May 2016 BBC One Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Charley Baginsky took part in this weekend’s edition of The Big Questions on BBC1. Charley, who is rabbi at South Bucks Jewish Community, was part of a panel discussing the topic “did man create God?” The other panelists were Francesca Stavrakopoulou, professor of ancient religion at … Read More

LJ president at Archbishop’s interfaith reception

28 May 2016   Liberal Judaism president Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein represented the movement at The Archbishop of Canterbury’s interfaith reception last week.   Held in the gardens of Lambeth Palace, it was attended by representatives of all branches of Judaism, including Orthodox Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, and many other … Read More