In 2019, Liberal Judaism launched a series of dialogue events called ‘Liberal Judaism’s Hot Potatoes’. The events covered a number of the hotly debated issues within the Jewish community while aiming to create a ‘safe space’ where there is debate without judgement!

Is there a future for Liberal Zionism?

6 May 2020

Click here to watch the discussion on YouTube

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has formed a new governing coalition with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party. With Netanyahu retaining political control in Israel, West Bank annexation under Donald Trump’s peace plan seems increasingly likely.

Join Liberal Judaism’s Hot Potatoes panel on whether there’s a future for Liberal Zionism in an Israel dominated politically by Netanyahu.

If there is, how do we fight for one? If not, what next?

The event will be chaired by Rabbi Charley Baginsky. The panellists are:

    Vivian Aisen (Embassy of Israel)
    Reuven Marko (Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism)
    Rabbi Lea Mühlstein (Arzenu UK)
    Amos Schonfield (Yachad)

For more information about Hot Potatoes please contact Tom Rich at

We kicked off in February 2019 with a panel on ‘Labour and Antisemitism’ chaired by the BBC’s Callum May and featuring Michael Segalov, Adam Langleben, Adam Wagner, Ella Rose and Miriam Mirwitch. The evening was a great success, with over 60 people attending and many more watching our YouTube stream. The first event was followed up in April with a debate on ‘Citizenship: Privilege, Right or Something In-between’ featuring Shamima Begum’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee and Edie Friedman (JCORE) among others. In September we hosted another full house for Faith Schools: Is Isolation Splendid chaired by Dr Keith Kahn-Harris and featuring Patrick Moriarty (JCoSS), Jeremy Rodell (Humanists UK), Dr Helena Miller (LSJS) and Rabbi Pete Tobias (The Liberal Synagogue Elstree).