Teenagers lead Kabbalat Torah Shabbat at Northwood

Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue Kabbalat Torah Shabbat service

21 May 2019 Eleven young people celebrated the conclusion of their formal cheder learning by leading a special Kabbalat Torah Shabbat at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS). Kabbalat Torah is a lifecycle event unique to Liberal Judaism, taking place in a young person’s fifteenth or sixteenth year when it … Read More

Liberal Judaism projects inspire at Stonewall conference

Shaan Knan at Stonewall conference

20 May 2019 Liberal Judaism’s heritage project manager Shaan Knan was a keynote speaker at this year’s Stonewall Workplace Conference. Shaan (pictured far left) was part of the event’s closing session debating issues around LGBT and faith. The panel also featured representatives from various religions including Reverend Jide Macaulay, an … Read More

Education Hub: Term 4 course details (22 May – 19 June)

Education Hub details

Liberal Judaism’s Education Hub returns for a fourth term on Wednesday nights from May 22, with an eclectic range of courses to choose from. An Introduction to Judaism & Biblical Hebrew with Rabbis Janet Burden and Danny Rich is perfect for those who want to learn about Judaism and its … Read More

Kingston holds Ramadan Iftar for Muslim neighbours

Kingston Liberal Synagogue Iftar

15 May 2019 Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS) hosted an Iftar for members of the local Muslim community to break their fast during Ramadan. The event saw Jews and Muslims eating together and the Kingston members learning more about Ramadan, a month of reflection and prayer during which Muslims will fast … Read More

Helping primary school pupils learn about Judaism

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein dressed as a pirate for Purim at a local primary school

14 May 2019 Rabbi Aaron Goldstein of Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue has been visiting a local primary school to help the children learn about Jewish festivals. Central Primary School in Watford invites religious leaders from all faiths in as part of an annual learning cycle. Aaron – who is … Read More

Lily’s Legacy: Read Fran’s story and then give us yours

Francesca Kurlansky

9 May 2019 With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, our latest project Lily’s Legacy: The Radical History and Heritage of Liberal Judaism in Britain will research, document, map and showcase more than 115 years of history. What makes this project so special is that it will focus on … Read More

Promoting environmental responsibility in our communities

Eco Synagogue logo

9 May 2019 Liberal Judaism invites all its constituent congregations to join it in backing Eco Synagogue, a cross-communal initiative that aims to help Jewish communities of all denominations to nurture environmentally responsible practices. Rabbi Danny Rich, the senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism, said: “Climate change is without doubt the … Read More

Blog: Rabbi Danny Rich on Disability Awareness Shabbat

Rabbi Danny Rich speaking

8 May 2019 By Rabbi Danny Rich “You shall not place a stumbling block before the blind”, which appears in this week’s Parsha Kedoshim, appears so obvious that it hardly seems worth a mention in Torah. In a similar way the demand to implement practical means to prevent the exclusion … Read More

A tribute to Rabbi Dr David J Goldberg z”l

Rabbi Dr David Goldberg

1 May 2019 The Jewish community has come together in mourning for Liberal Judaism vice president Rabbi Dr David J Goldberg OBE, who died today. Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, said: “I’ve been seeing David regularly for the past few weeks. He faced his death with the utmost … Read More

Disability Awareness Shabbat on May 11

1 May 2019 Saturday 11 May will mark the first ever Disability Awareness Shabbat, which is being organised by Jewish Blind & Disabled to coincide with the charity’s 50th anniversary. It seeks to raise awareness of the challenges and issues that face people who are physically disabled or vision impaired … Read More