Alliance statement on reversal of egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel

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26 June 2017 A statement by Rabbis Laura Janner-Klausner and Danny Rich on behalf of Britain’s Alliance for Progressive Judaism Israel Desk: This reversal of a promise made by the Israeli Government, under pressure from the Ultra-Orthodox, is a betrayal of Israeli and Diaspora Jewry. The Diaspora stands with Progressive … Read More

Finsbury Park attack: Roses for Ramadan worshippers

Lipika Pelham 20 June 2017 BBC Magazine Website Journalist Lipika Pelham lives close to the Finsbury Park mosque, is a member of the local synagogue, and is accustomed to seeing girls in hijabs acting in the Nativity Play at her children’s school. On Monday evening, nearly 24 hours after the … Read More

A prayer for London

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Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu 19 June 2017 Eternal God, now more than ever do we understand that everyone of us is connected, none of us is alone. None of us untouched by the suffering in our city, in London. Our ears are filled with the sounds of sirens, our eyes and … Read More

Celebrating LGBTQI refugees in the UK

19 June 2017 It is Refugee Week from 19 – 25 June. The week takes place every year across the world and we spoke to Rainbow Pilgrims about their work with LGBTQI immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Many wonderful and talented people have had to flee their country of origin … Read More

A triple celebration at Tikvah Chadasha

12 June 2017 Tikvah Chadasha (Shenfield, Brentwood & Districts Synagogue) celebrated a unique and special B’nei Mitzvah this weekend – as triplets Isabella, Nathan and Amelia all came of age. The triplets, along with parents Karen and Andy, joined the community not long after its formation in 2010. Grandparents Judith … Read More

Senior Labour figures fear party’s Jewish vote may have collapsed

Harriet Sherwood 3 June 2017 The Guardian Suspension of Ken Livingstone for allegedly antisemitic remarks and perception of failure to root out racism leads to ‘certain amount of stick on the doorstep’ After a year of torrid headlines and the suspension of Ken Livingstone over allegedly antisemitic remarks, senior Labour … Read More

Interfaith art exhibition brings people together at BHPS

29 May 2017 More than 500 people of all faiths, and none, attended an open house interfaith art exhibition, which ran at Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue (BHPS) throughout May. The synagogue has a long-standing commitment to interfaith work in the local area and, as part of the Brighton Festival … Read More

Liberals lead the way at World Union Conference

26 May 2017 Liberal Judaism’s rabbis, officers and members played a leading role in the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Connections 2017 Conference. The Biennial event was this year held in Jerusalem and was attended by Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, chair Simon Benscher, president Rabbi Dr … Read More

Landmark Kotel service at WUPJ Conference

19 May 2017 British Liberal and Reform Judaism rabbis and members took part in a landmark service at the Kotel – which included a Torah reading with all genders participating. The senior rabbis of both movements, Rabbis Danny Rich and Laura Janner-Klausner, carried the scrolls during the service (pictured), which … Read More