Annual Memorial Services on Sunday 2 September 2018

18 April 2018 Liberal Judaism’s 2018 Annual Memorial services will take place on Sunday 2 September. They will be held at the following times: 11am at Edgwarebury Cemetery, led by Rabbi Aaron Goldstein 11am at The Liberal Jewish Cemetery, Pound Lane, led by Rabbi Alexandra Wright 11.30am at The Western … Read More

Subsidised places and special track at LJ Biennial

16 April 2018 Each Liberal Judaism congregation will be able to send one new member to our movement’s flagship Biennial Weekend for a heavily subsidised price, to take part in a special track designed to develop relationships and our communities. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the NLPS Trust, one … Read More

Isaac has hair cut in first ever Liberal Upsherin

13 April 2018 A ceremony believed to be Liberal Judaism’s first ever Upsherin took place in Hereford with the support of the Herefordshire Jewish Community. Led by Rabbi Dr Robert Ash, friends and family of Alison and Marc Turner came together to cut the hair of their son Isaac for … Read More

Jodie makes history with Lincolnshire bat mitzvah

11 April 2018 Lincolnshire Jewish Community filled their ancient synagogue for the region’s first Jewish coming of age ceremony for more than 700 years as Jodie Renaud celebrated her bat mitzvah. Jodie read her portion beautifully and then made a moving speech, in which she praised her late and much … Read More

Seder for 100 as LJY-Netzer celebrates Pesach at Machaneh Aviv

10 April 2018 LJY-Netzer Machaneh Aviv spring camp was even more special than ever this year, with a last night Seder for more than 100 young people. Seeing out Passover in style, the Seder featured cultural contributions and traditions from all around the world ranging from Gibraltan charoset to the … Read More

Dublin mark Pesach with double bat mitzvah

4 April 2018 The community at Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) celebrated a very special Passover service which included bat mitzvah celebrations for Orla Godfrey and Yasmin Abrahamson Schwartz. A first in the congregation’s 72 year history, the combined Passover and bat mitzvah service was led by Rabbi Dr Charles … Read More

Remembering the Exodus and the Sho’ah

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 31 March 2018 It’s Pesach, when we eat matzah, the unleavened bread that simultaneously expresses our slave ancestors’ hasty departure from Egypt – their dough having no time to rise1 – and the ‘affliction’ they endured in ‘the house of bondage’. As we read in Aramaic … Read More

First Day Pesach Sermon 5778

Rabbi Margaret Jacobi 31 March 2018 The demonstration organised last week by the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council against anti-semitism in the Labour party was unprecedented in recent times. Jews came together from across the political spectrum, from Labour to Conservative, many of whom would normally not … Read More

Liberal synagogues join Muslim day of social action

26 March 2018 Members of Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community and Nottingham Liberal Synagogue braved snow and ice to take part in Sadaqa Day, the Muslim-led day of social action inspired by Mitzvah Day. In Peterborough (pictured above), the community teamed up with the Masjid Khadijah Islamic Centre in a series … Read More

Liberal Judaism: This is Corbyn’s last chance saloon

27 March 2018 Members of Liberal Judaism, led by Liberal Judaism chair Simon Benscher, gathered in Parliament Square in Westminster yesterday evening to join other members of the Jewish community in calling on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to face up and tackle the antisemitism within his party. Our movement also … Read More