Reading to remember Rabbi Sheila Shulman

29 October 2019 – 30 Tishri 5780

29 October 2019

A special evening to honour Rabbi Sheila Shulman – titled ‘Reading Sheila Reading’ – will take place on Thursday 21 November at Leo Baeck College (LBC).

Starting at 7pm, the event marks the fifth yahrzeit of a pioneering and radical rabbi who made a lasting impression on British Progressive Judaism including as the founding rabbi of Beit Klal Yisrael.

A spokesperson for LBC said: “Inspired by the books that Sheila left behind, replete with bookmarks and annotations full of her personality and intellect, we will celebrate her astonishing legacy with contributions from friends, colleagues and students, including Rabbi Dr Judith Rosen-Berry.

“Please join us to remember Sheila as a voracious, passionate, sometimes apoplectic, always incisive reader through talks, study and song.”

Please RSVP to Leo Baeck College Librarian Cassy Sachar at

A radical feminist lesbian who broke down barriers within Judaism and beyond, Sheila was a trailblazer and icon for so many.

You can hear one of her last ever interviews, with Liberal Judaism’s Rainbow Jews project, here.

You can read Rabbi Elli Tikvah-Sarah’s tribute to Sheila here.

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