Liberal Judaism statement on reopening of synagogues

23 June 2020 – 1 Tammuz 5780
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23 June 2020

By Rabbi Charley Baginsky
Interim Director of Liberal Judaism

Although Government advice is that places of worship can physically reopen from 4 July 2020, this is not something Liberal Judaism will be rushing to do.

We are speaking with our communities, all of which have different and specific needs, as well as consulting with experts and partners outside our movement. It’s also important to note that Government advice for faith communities is still being formulated and there are many areas still being discussed.

It is essential that all Liberal Judaism communities conduct a full risk assessment before they reopen and we will be supporting and advising them throughout this process.

This Thursday night, at our weekly Community Briefing, we will be talking specifically about these risk assessments. We will be joined by Steve Miller, of the London Borough Faiths Network, whose work to connect local practitioners and public agencies should provide invaluable support.

We will also examine Government guidance, as it continues to be formulated, and ensure our congregations have all the information they need to open safely when they feel ready to do so.

In the meantime, we will continue with online services which have seen more people than ever attend and engage with their Liberal Judaism.

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