Rabbis to swap communities for ‘Liberal Judaism Shabbat’

Liberal Judaism's rabbis and cantors at Kallah

10 January 2018

Liberal Judaism’s clergy will swap communities on, and around, Saturday 19 January as part of a special ‘Liberal Judaism Shabbat’.

The services are timed to coincide with the yahrzeit of Lily Montagu and will act as a celebration of her life and legacy. Lily was one of the founders of Liberal Judaism and influenced many people, especially women, to engage with their Judaism in a way that still resonates today.

The Shabbat will also offer the chance for congregations to experience the wide variety in Liberal Judaism’s clergy team, and rabbis and cantors to experience the variety in our congregations. It also ties in with the upcoming Lily’s Legacy project, which you can read more about here.

The list of dates and congregations are below. If you would like to attend a service at a community of which you are not a member, please just let them know first by using the contact details here.

Friday 18 January:

East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue – Rabbi Janet Burden

Saturday 19 January:

Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue – Rabbi Danny Rich

York Liberal Jewish Community – Rabbi Lea Mühlstein

Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation – Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi

Ealing Liberal Synagogue – Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein

Southgate Progressive Synagogue – Rabbi Aaron Goldstein (Aaron also took a Liberal Judaism Shabbat service at Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community on 5 January)

The Liberal Synagogue Elstree – Rabbi Yuval Keren

Birmingham Progressive Synagogue – Rabbi Monique Mayer

Suffolk Liberal Jewish Community – Rabbi David Hulbert

Sunday 20 January:

Beit Klal Yisrael – Rabbi Elana Dellal


Crouch End Chavurah – Rabbi Nathan Godleman

South London Liberal Synagogue – Rabbi Sandra Kviat

Kabbalat Torah Weekend:

Finchley Progressive Synagogue will host a Kabbalat Torah Weekend, where 13-15 year olds from seven communities will gather to study, pray and enjoy themselves as Liberal Jewish peers, supported by LJY-Netzer. Part of their experience will be a scavenger hunt in the East End concluding at Liberal Judaism’s head office, the Montagu Centre, with a focus on Lily as one of the key founders of the movement.


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